What’s a good age to start play dates?

I’m a SAHD with a 2mo old. I’m asking not just for my LO but also I think I could use some grown up interaction.

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Oct 25, 2018

    I don’t know if they have any specific dad groups like they do for moms (ie. MOMS club international) but you could search meetup.com for something in your area. Also, the library is a great place to take your little one for story time at any age and you’ll be surprised how many dads show up.

  • Julie
    Oct 25, 2018

    Library for sure!! Also check with your local parks and recreation, they sometimes have infant type classes or programs (for example my local parks and rec had an infant massage class!). Also if there is a Gymboree near you, they sometimes host get togethers. There’s also a program called “music together,” I’ve found those groups are everywhere. You can also look into swim lessons locally. My pediatrician cleared us for swimming as soon as she was about 3 months old. Also strangely enough a lot of grocery stores host little parents and kids get togethers but you may prefer to wait till your baby is a little older as these can be interactive and geared towards cooking.

  • Anne
    Oct 25, 2018

    Agree library is best for that age! My kids didn't really start having "friends" and play dates before 3 years old though. So I say go out and do what you like to do, hang out with your friends, go to the park, go shopping etc. Just bring the baby with you and they will get lots of stimulation and social interaction!

  • Kieli
    Oct 25, 2018

    I think getting the adult interaction is the hardest part of being a SAHP! I agree with Anne, just take your LO everywhere. My daughter used to love to go grocery shopping when she was in her car seat. I used to go on morning walks with her, she usually would fall asleep but it got me out of the house. I noticed my daughter started having more fun/ interacting with her cousins more when she could walk/run to keep up with what they were doing.

  • Julie
    Oct 25, 2018

    I just thought of something else...do you wear your baby?? I went to a local baby wearing international group (they are everywhere, just google it) to check out some of the carriers when I was picking out mine and the group was about 30-40% dads who babywear!!! You could check one of those out in your area as well.

  • Rileigh
    Oct 25, 2018

    I love doing mommy and me swim lessons with my little one. We started doing them when she was 7months and she now is 1yr and I can’t recommend swim lessons enough. The ymca has them for a reasonable price and each interval of lessons is 8 weeks and you can choose either Saturday or Sunday. They even take them as young as 4months! And they have them all year round. I’ve made great mommy friends there and ever since joining we have a great Saturday schedule we look forward to every week! After swim lessons the baby socializes with other baby for a lil then they both sleep for 3 hrs(swimming knocks them out!) and me and the other mom go for coffee after lesson and get to enjoy our quiet time socializing and so I know every Saturday it’s not only learning and great motor development for baby, but i get to meet up with my other mommy friends too!

  • Jessica
    Oct 26, 2018

    Not a parent, but I have been a nanny for 8 years and I totally understand the isolation that comes with having a small child and being alone with no other adults to interact with! My advice? Get out there! Just because your kiddo isn’t able to “play” with other children does not mean that they (and you) won’t benefit from spending time with other people. With my last job, I started taking the kids out to meet other kids as soon as I started. My girl was 5 months old at the time, and we made a great friend who was also 5 months old. They didn’t do much at first, just plopped on a blanket for toys and storytime, but the bond that they share now at 4 years old is absolutely beyond incredible. As long as you aren’t putting your baby’s health at risk (think: dirty children’s museums in the middle of winter!) there’s nothing wrong with meeting up with other caregivers-of-little-ones just to get some adult interaction of your own! Let those babies stare at one another from a blanket as you sip coffee and enjoy a few “Good Night Moon”- free moments. Happy parents=happy babies. :)

  • Janine
    Oct 26, 2018

    We did baby yoga and met some really nice people who we are still friends with 3 years later!

  • Tracy
    Oct 26, 2018

    I’ve been a sahm for 8 years what saved my sanity was joining our local ymca they have a lot of parent and me classes (even safety, cpr, swimming, tumbling..) I took my baby and went to the classes for adult interaction. They have a day care you can drop babe off there and head to the gym or go for an adult swim. When he/she gets older join some of the classes they’re fun for you both and lots of other adults! They do have baby swim classes as well if that’s something you’re interested in. But honestly if you aren’t looking to pay a lot the library, churches have some groups, local swimming pools, ask friends to meet up for coffee or lunch..

  • AJ
    Oct 26, 2018

    Music Together classes. They give you not only the social aspect but your child gets music education in a non performance, fun, supportive environment. Everyone knows that music education supports all learning from social, cognitive to locomotive skills

  • Natasha
    Oct 26, 2018

    Facebook! Type in stay at home dads and join All the groups you can. Figure out which ones are more local, make an event or go to them, meet dads. That is the only way I've stayed sane! I've done that just with mom groups.

  • antigrav_kids
    Oct 26, 2018

    The kids here weren't super interested in playing with other kids at that age. I did however, take them wherever I went, and they loved interacting with the people we ran into. I plopped the two month into a Moby wrap and took her to: coffee shops pubs meetings with professors the graduate student lounge We walked the halls of the research lab I worked at saying hi to everyone (my wife and I were lucky enough to skew our workdays so we both had the kid halftime). Feed stores Grocery shopping

  • Amanda
    Oct 26, 2018

    Once the baby hits a year, I highly recommend My Gym. Our girls are really active and confident due to their time doing baby gymnastics and we’ve made more parent friends there than any other activity.

  • Lexi
    Oct 26, 2018

    Like Jessica I have also been a nanny for 8 years and I would go nuts if we didn't leave the house. We frequent Family Connections in Cleveland Heights, occasionally drop in at FC in Shaker Heights, and love libraries, museums, Phoenix Coffee on Lee, Lee Road library, and all the parks around! I'm not the most outgoing, but people usually strike up a conversation when they see a cute kiddo or just to say hi. If you see the same adult/kid(s) while you're out at a specific place, dont be afraid to ask if they would like to meet up some time for a walk or coffee! They're likely in the same boat as you, or can be a good resource for other socialization. Picture below is schedule for Family Connections. Baby & Me was a sanity saver and met some good friends there!

  • Caleb
    Oct 27, 2018

    Thank you to everyone for the input and supportive statements, I’m gonna get out there with him and have some fun!

  • Tyson
    Oct 27, 2018

    There's no set age. I've taken a few as young as three months old. You can let them crawl around & play with toys, when they were tired I would let them sleep in their car carrier. When they are hungry give them a bottle or if old enough they get eat lunch usually provided by the host. You'll have a variety of ages usually from infants to 5ish age old (up to when they start school) but the main focus is to just get out of the house and be around some adults to talk & joke with. If in kasnsas city there's Kansas City Dad's Group. or you can check City Dad's website to see if there is one close to you. You can also check MeetUp. com

  • Megan
    Oct 28, 2018

    The sooner the better

  • Jennifer
    Dec 27, 2018

    Check your local community centers a lot of them have an open gym for kids 5yrs-younger usually just a gym full of toys. We really enjoy these. Library story times is also great, a lot of libraries will also have a kids corner with a theme for kids to play in.