I have set up a play date for Miss M on Monday with two other little girls that were born on the same day as her. One of my friends from middle school had her baby on July 5th as well. Then, I met another lady at the La Leche League meetings who also had her baby on the 5th. When the girls were a few months old we had a “play date” which was more for us than them. At that point they all just laid on the floor and nursed the whole time.
This time around the girls are 9+ months old. They all are getting such personalities and on the move. It will be fun to see how they interact together. But before all the fun begins there are a few must do’s to plan a play date.
1) Decide when: Take into consideration work schedules and prior commitments, but also think about your little ones nap time. When getting several children together it may be hard to find a time that works with everyone’s normal schedule so be a little flexible. Your baby might have to nap in the car on the way there or go to sleep 15 minutes later than normal. Only do what makes you comfortable, but remember to be willing to make it work.
2) Decide where: Will someone host at their house or will you meet at a public place. Take into consideration if the house is child proofed in an appropriate way for the age of children. One of my friends has a two year old and I learned the first time around my house was not two year old proofed! If going to a public place make sure it will be a place the parents feel comfortable bringing their children and not a place that will cause anxiety and stress.
3) Decide on activities: Make sure the parents discuss the plan of activities. Some mothers like to have pre-planned activities where others allow free play. If you are going to the park, will your kids play in a certain area, eat a snack or have free play on any of the equipment? If the play date is at a home will there be structured play or free play, toys for everyone to play with or bring your own toys?
4) Decide what worked: Take note of things that worked well and what did not work well. This will help you plan the next play date to meet the needs of everyone. Making sure the play date is a fun time for all who are involved, kids and parents, ensure successful play dates will happen in the future.
I am super excited to see our little girls play together and interact with children their own age. I know for Miss M she has not gotten to do that now that she has been on the move and more aware. A play date at 9 months old is pretty simple and I didn’t have to spend a lot of time on the above must do’s, but I know as she gets older these are things that I will have to be more intentional about.
What are some other play date must do’s?
Until Next Time- Truly Love,