4 Reasons Play Dates Are Important
Monday, April 15th, 2013
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.
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.