As a new parent, it is often hard to find activities that both you and your baby will enjoy, and that are also inexpensive. Taking part in baby classes is a wonderful way to stay social as a new parent however, costs for classes can quickly add up.
Here are some of our favourite free ways to spend time with our babies that both you and your little one will enjoy.
1. Go on a nature walk
Getting outside was one of my favourite ways to spend time with my daughter, and is still a preferred activity now she is older. Going on a nature walk with your baby is a great way to bond and is also a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. If you live next to a park or river or if there is a nearby nature reserve, taking a walk through these areas and pointing out flowers, trees, and animals is a great way to interact with your little ones while teaching them about nature. We loved going on nature walks, finding new textures to feel and touch and I loved showing my daughter the beauty of the natural world.
2. Visit an art gallery
Many art galleries offer free entrance to their general collections and offer a peaceful and interesting place for you to visit with your baby. Find an art gallery that has a good selection of interesting paintings and wander around pointing out the colours and shapes to your child. I live in London so plenty of national art galleries are free to explore. Check out what galleries are in your local area and their social media pages for information about their exhibitions throughout the year.
3. Host a picnic
If the weather is good, a quick and easy picnic can be a fun and affordable activity. You can invite other parents and their babies and ask them to bring a dish. Lie out a comfy blanket and pack easy-to-eat snacks, take some baby books, music, or a bubble wand to blow bubbles for the babies. If your baby is walking you could take a small ball and let them kick it around in the sunshine. They will enjoy the freedom of being outdoors and you will be able to relax knowing your baby is safe and entertained.
4. Visit the library
Your local library can be a great place to take your baby or toddler. Most local libraries have a welcoming children's area with floor space and comfy seating. Getting your child interested in books early is also a great way to encourage their connection with learning. Reading to your baby also helps engage them in speech and they will be delighted to look at the brightly coloured picture books.
Many local libraries have activities aimed at babies and young children such as sing-along nursery rhyme time, book readings, and performances, which are all free. I spend a lot of time in our local library taking advantage of the free activities and it is still a great place to go now my child is older. Check out the timetable at your local library to see what you can join in during the week.
There are plenty of fun and free activities that you can get involved with that are also excellent opportunities for bonding, learning, and development. From a fun-filled picnic to reading books or discovering art, these activities will create some special moments for you and your baby and will be an inexpensive way to get out of the house together.
Even if the weather is not-so-great, getting out and about with your baby is a great way to boost your spirits and allow you to meet other parents and connect.