Hosting a play date is a nice way for moms of same age babies, toddlers and children to get together. Social interaction is important for babies, and maybe even more important for the moms. Getting together and sharing ideas, tips, triumphs and disasters in parenting creates a support network for moms. While moms are talking, babies and kids can be playing and learning to interact with their peers.
Rotate who hosts the play date so mom can play hostess but also take a break and get out of the house. If it is your turn to host a play date, make sure you have a safe area for kids to play and interact. If you have wee babies or toddlers, make sure your space is kid proofed and kid friendly. For little ones, soft floors are a must. Put down an area rug, blanket or cushions if you have hardwood floors or tile. Even carpeted floors could benefit from large cushions and kid friendly poufs or ottomans. Older kids will have different needs than toddlers and babies so you might want to plan an activity or game.
Depending on how organized you are, plan for snacks and beverages for moms and kids alike. You might also want to share the latest thing you found on a mom blog or parenting website for discussion. Of course play dates are not just limited to moms. Dads should be encouraged to have play dates with the kids and other dads. It’s just as important for dads to build the support network with other parents as it is for moms.