6 fun things to do with your new baby

First-time moms and dads, get out of the house and enjoy these fun activities with your new baby.

By Keren Dudescu

2 great things to do with your new baby
First-time moms, welcome to motherhood. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: being a mom need not be just about changing diapers. It's also about having fun with your baby.

Life becomes pretty much chaotic when you first have a baby. But you'll soon realise that if you start incorporating mommy and baby-planned activities into your day-to-day routines, you will regain some structure to your life. In turn, this will benefit your baby, because when they have a routine, they have predictability, which gives them a greater sense of security. Most importantly, doing fun things together will not only strengthen your relationship but will create a life-long bond between you and your child.

So, where's a first-time parent to begin? Don't worry, you don't have to do all of these activities in one day. Why not try one a week, and see if you like them? Here are 6 ideas to get you out of the house and enjoying the company of your new baby.

1. Pick a fun exercise that both of you can do together
Exercising with your baby is one of the optimal ways of having fun together. Not only will it help you shed those unwanted pregnancy pounds, your child will revel in the physical movement and contact with you.

You can start simply by going for a power walk with baby in the stroller or holding him or her to your chest in a baby carry-on. Find out if baby and mommy fitness classes are available at your local gym or community centre. Sometimes mom-and-baby-geared businesses offer a variety of classes to choose from. Whether it's yoga, swimming or stroller aerobics, the options are endless.

2. Go to the movies together
Ever since becoming a mom, do you feel like you're missing out on seeing the latest movie releases? Fret no more. Most major Canadian cities offer movies for mommies. Check out theatre schedules in your city and you'll see that they hold movie screenings for moms and babies on a regular basis. Best of all, you don't have to worry if your baby starts crying or you need to feed. Remember, you'll be in a baby-friendly environment where the lights are dimmed and the volume levels are lowered for baby's sensitive ears.

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