4 Reasons Play Dates Are Important

reasons why play dates are important text
Image via tiarescott, Flickr

One of the most important things in my first year as a mother was a regular date with a fellow new mother, whose son was a month younger than mine. We met for lunch, followed by some play time for our babies, nearly every week. From cafes to indoor play gyms to each other's houses, we fostered a friendship that went beyond our children. It was a much-needed addition to my life as mom and one that I feel is important. I highly recommend regular play dates for babies and mothers - it saved my sanity, and gave me a measure of normalcy. Here are 4 more reasons play dates are fun and important. 

ADVERTISEMENT

babies playing together

Reason #2 - Your baby learns to play with others Unless your baby has an older sibling, or is in daycare, she will not have a regular play mate. Play dates give babies the opportunity to be around children of their age, and although they may not play together yet, they will get used to being in close proximity with their peers. This is known as parallel play, an important step in peer relationships. 

ADVERTISEMENT

 
1 of 3

What do you think?

4 Reasons Play Dates Are Important

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

More to learn more to love

Everyday extras

Tell us what you think!

ADVERTISEMENT

×