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I’ve been there, too: a first-time parent 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; 16 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 radian rXT Convertible Car Seat, especially if you are considering gifting the daddy in your life with a totally cool and practical Father’s day Gift!
WHY DO DADS LOVE DIONO SEATS?
- Made with full steel frame, aluminum reinforced sides and memory foam
- You can fit THREE across!
- Folds flat for travel
- Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs
- Accommodates forward-facing children up to 80 lbs in a 5-point harness
- Converts to booster mode for kids 50-120 lbs
Celeb Dads like Justin Baldoni, Orlando Bloom, Ian Ziering, James Van der Beek (to name a few) love totting their tots safely around town in diono car seats: Keep reading for a few other ways to help you and your baby bond and get outside and how you can win a diono radian rXT Convertible Car Seat from us!
Take your BABY SWIMMING
A great way for Dads to bond with their babies is to take a swimming class with their baby and help them acclimate to the water, improve their muscle tone, coordination and mobility.
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.
Have a Dance Party
Put that baby in a carrier and turn up the volume and JUST dance! Adam Ballard, had some fun on his own with his young son, Miles. Adam is a podcast host, and you might recognize him from his appearance on American Ninja Warrior. It turns out that his physical skills extend far beyond just maneuvering through obstacle courses. He’s got some dance moves. By proxy at least.
While wearing Miles in a baby carrier, Adam had his baby “dance” to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Check out the video that the father and son duo made. Make sure to watch till the end because there isn’t just awesome dancing: you’ll see gravity-defying moves, air guitar, and even the moonwalk. Of course.
Take a walk and get your STROLLERCIZE on
Finally, a workout program for new parents that uses the stroller (while their baby is snug inside) as a fitness apparatus to get in shape. An ideal way dads 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 dads move and strut right before their eyes. Parents will get a cardio workout without having to pay a sitter, or experience separation anxiety. Check out the Web site for details about its certification program. Overall: Exercise that’s good for you and your baby.
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 radian rXT Convertible Car Seat The 3-in-1 Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat by Diono is thoughtfully designed to provide safety and comfort for your growing child. Securely seats children 5-45 lb. in rear-facing mode, 20-80 lb. in forward-facing mode, and up to 120 lb. as a booster.
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