Congrats to our winner Alise
I’ve been there, too: a first-time mom with a six-month-old baby cemented to my hip. I refer to that period of my daughter’s life as “baby limbo” when she was unable to sit up by herself, much less participate in any organized program, and she and I were essentially “stuck” in the house. Each day was just a long continuation of the previous one: feedings, diaper changings, short cat naps, and I felt like the walls were slowly closing in on me. Taking her anywhere seemed like more trouble than it was worth; 14 years ago it was impossible to find a diaper-changing table in any establishment.
So I hunkered down, watched way too many talk shows and patiently counted down the hours until my husband came home from work to enjoy some adult conversation, which was really more like him watching “Seinfeld” reruns and nodding, while I poured my heart out to him about my feelings of isolation and general boredom with what I thought “or was told” were supposed to be the most blissful months of my life with my precious baby girl.
If you’re reading this and thinking, these sentiments are echoing my inner dialogue, you’ll be happy to know there are fairly inexpensive ways to get you and your lil’ one out of the house, taking part in activities designed specifically with your baby in mind. Just because you have an infant doesn’t mean you have to wait until he’s walking to finally leave the house.
First you’ll need to invest in a safe and dare I say it stylish Car seat and the one I would recommend is the Diono Pacifica Convertible+Booster Car Seat , especially during the busy holiday season.
The Pacifica is the ultimate in car seat safety with reinforced extra deep side walls providing enhanced side impact protection for little travelers and folds flat and is FAA certified to help mom and dad. Because of Diono’s commitment to safety in style, the brand and its products are quickly becoming celebs’ favorites, especially as they prepare for holiday travel whether via train, plane or automobile. Keep reading for a few other ways to help you and your baby bond and get outside and how you can win a Diono Pacifica Convertible+Booster Car Seat from us!
BABIES R’ SWIMMING (Baby Nemos)
The Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center brand-spankin’ new 25-yard heated pool is the perfect place to take a swimming class with your baby and help them acclimate to the water, improve their muscle tone, coordination and mobility. And when you’re done splashing around, you can take full advantage of its sumptuous spa, handy changing tables and its supply of towels, soap and shampoo which means less items to cram into your diaper bag!
Address: 1466 Manor Rd., Sea View.
Put your child on the path to swimming. Introduces infants/toddlers to the pool with the comfort of their caregiver. An adult must accompany the child in the pool for the entire lesson.
Age appeal: Six months to two and a half years old.
What babies will go gaga for: Splashing around in the pool playing with kickboards and noodles.
Parent perks: Great bonding experience; parents can help build up their baby’s confidence in the water, and socialize with other like-minded parents.
Drawbacks: If you don’t like being in the pool or wearing a bathing suit; the class requires a parent to be in the water with their baby at all times.
Overall: The best possible way to introduce your baby to swimming.
Information: JCC Aquatics, 718-475-5215 www.sijcc.org.
BABY LOVES DISCO New York City’s hottest dance clubs are being transformed into child-friendly discos, where babies and parents can take a break from the routine playground circuit and literally let loose for some post-naptime, pre-dinner fun. This afternoon dance party features classic ’70’s and ’80’s disco tunes spun and mixed by real DJs and guaranteed to get little booties moving and grooving.
While Babies will go gaga for Dancing with Mommy, bubble machines and music.Parents will enjoy Grown-up music, a cash bar for non-driving parents, dancing at some of the city’s nightclubs “with their kids in tow!Drawbacks It’s not for everybody, so if you didn’t enjoy going out dancing when you were a pretty young thing, you won’t like Baby Loves Disco. It will likely be the best time you’ve EVER had at a kid’s event! Information http://www.babylovesdisco.com
STROLLERCIZE : Finally, a workout program for new mommies (dads are welcome to come along for free) that uses the stroller (while their baby is snug inside) as a fitness apparatus to get in shape. An ideal way for moms to shed some baby weight, increase their energy and be with their children, all at the same time.
What babies will go gaga for: Watching their moms move and strut right before their eyes. Parents will get a cardio workout without having to pay a sitter, or experience separation anxiety. Drawbacks Currently classes are only in Manhattan, but if you’re a mother who wants to start a Strollercize class in your neighborhood, check out the Web site for details about its certification program. Overall: Exercise that’s good for you and your baby. http://www.strollercize.com/
And the best part! We are helping you get out with your baby in Style and offering one of our readers the chance to win a Diono Pacifica Convertible+Booster Car Seat!
The New Diono Pacifica is the ultimate in car seat safety with reinforced extra deep side walls providing enhanced side impact protection taking Diono car seats to a whole new level.
With its extended rear-facing capabilities, it can comfortably seat rear-facing children from 5 to 50 lbs and forward facing children from 20-90 lbs in 5-point harness mode. Additionally it converts to a booster for children between 50 – 120 lbs or up to 57″ in height.
Its unique super-strong SuperLATCH™ system makes installation easy and the Pacifica is NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions.
Designed with Safety Synergy™ technology, all these innovative features seamlessly work together providing the highest level of performance and safety for your children.
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