When you have a baby in the wintertime, it can be tempting to snuggle up and wait for spring. But while keeping warm and bonding are important, it’s also vital to get out together. Doing so will motivate you to get back into the swing of things, connect with friends and help your baby adjust to the outside world. Seattle winters may be gloomy, but there are plenty of fun and low-cost activities for you and your little one to enjoy.
Take in a movie
Going to a movie on a rainy morning or afternoon can be an entertaining treat. Certain cinemas in the Puget Sound are baby-friendly and feature early showings for parents and infants. Cinemark Lincoln Square in Bellevue offers parent and baby screenings every Thursday at 10 a.m. and Admiral Theater in West Seattle offers Mommy Matinees every Friday at 10 a.m. Check your local cinema to see if it offers special matinees or has a soundproof “crying room” in the back of the auditorium.
Go to the library
Foster a love of books from an early age with regular trips to your neighborhood library. Sign baby up for a library card and get a cute, free tote from The Seattle Public Library. The library can be a great place to meet other parents and babies, too. The Seattle Public Library and King County Library both offer regular story times, in multiple languages, at branches throughout the city and county. Check out your local library to see what events are coming up.
Take an exercise class with your baby
Don’t let cold weather — or your baby — be an excuse to stop exercising! There are plenty of ways to take in a fitness class and involve your little one. Many yoga studios offer parent and baby classes, while FIT4MOM locations offer Stroller Strides classes. Check out our full list of gyms and fitness studios that offer child care.
Go to a kid-friendly café or mall
During those first few months, your baby will nap a lot. While it might initially be hard to motivate yourself to get out and it may take several attempts, as soon as you start getting out there, you’ll feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Meet a friend or your partner in a kid-friendly café, restaurant or mall. Your baby will often nap right through the noisy din of a busy café while you get to catch up with a friend. If you’re worried about finding a place to breastfeed or change a diaper, check out our comprehensive list of places to breastfeed and pump in the Seattle area.
Get some fresh air
Grab a coffee, tuck your baby in the stroller and take a relaxing walk in a nearby park. Plenty of parks are stroller-friendly and will give you and your baby some much-needed fresh air. If you are feeling a little more energetic, put baby in a jogging stroller and take a run on one of these stroller-ready paths around the Seattle area.