Miss Your Friends? 5 Baby-Friendly Activities Even Your Child-Free Pals Will Enjoy

If you’re the first person among your friends to have a baby, you know how tough it can be to stay connected with your child-free friends. While they might all enjoy an evening out for dinner and drinks, you’re usually stuck at home after 7:30, unable to get a babysitter and skeptical that anyone but you will be able to put the baby to sleep peacefully. Even the most understanding of child-free friends usually don’t want to head to the indoor play place at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday or to Chick-fil-A at 4:45 p.m. on a Tuesday. Finding activities that work for both of you can be hard. If you’re looking for baby-friendly activities that even your child-free friends will love, you’ve come to the right place!

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A Family Friendly Brewery These days, family-friendly breweries are popping up all over the place. So grab your diaper bag and meet your child-free friends for a drink. Many family-friendly breweries welcome babies as young as newborns and have fun outdoor space for older toddlers and kids.

Street fairs and festivals Your local street fair or festival is a great place to meet your child-free friends for a stroll. While you and your buddies enjoy the food or some street shopping, your little one will enjoy peeking out from the baby carrier or stroller.

Hiking When you’re trying to connect with someone, there’s no better place to go than outdoors. Strap your baby into their carrier and hit the trails with your child-free friends. For bonus points, pack a picnic and spend the whole day in the great outdoors.

Shopping While shopping with a toddler isn’t always fun, shopping with a baby is usually pretty care-free and enjoyable. Whether your baby prefers to be carried in a carrier or in their stroller, chances are they’ll enjoy seeing the sights at the mall while you shop and catch up with friends.

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Board games at home While a night-in might not have sounded exciting before you brought your little one home, a night in with friends sounds absolutely amazing these days! Put your little one to sleep, order in something delicious, and spend a few hours playing board games and catching up with your friends!

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Miss Your Friends? 5 Baby-Friendly Activities Even Your Child-Free Pals Will Enjoy

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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