A first playdate for Baby R

A first playdate for Baby R

There’s nothing nicer than maintaining friendships when you have babies of a similar age. When I fell pregnant at 38 with Baby R, I thought I’d miss out and be stuck forever feeling like the wise old woman at the baby groups. To my surprise it was quite the opposite, my 38 plus mummy friends were sprouting babies left, right and centre, lucky for me I was in great company.

And now we’re nearing 12 months of life with our little bundle of mischief, I thought it was high time he dipped his chubby little toes into the world of playdates. Being the youngest of the family, he gets away with being as amorous and cheeky as he likes. WE know he loves kisses and cuddles but to other babies, seeing him launch towards you, slobbery mouth open and nice, shiny white teeth glistening, can be quite a scary site.  So I’m on a mission to socialize him and my first unsuspecting victim was my friend’s smilie little chap, Baby J.

Lucky Baby J is a chilled, happy little dude with a big sister and laid back mummy so our outing went without a hitch. Giving the kiddies free reign of the soft play at Pecorama ensured Baby J could make a quick get away if his new buddy wanted to show the love, and as Baby R’s still in his licking-everything-in-sight phase, he was just as happy getting his fill from all the play equipment. Although I suspect if Baby J’s big sister wasn’t so quick to distract his wandering hands, he’d have had a quick slobber.

keeping my overly amorous baby at arms length. How do you cope with a baby who just wants to eat everyone and everything?

Once we’d fed the little ones, it was time to head out into the fresh air. This was Baby R’s first walk in the park and he managed his waddling well, only stopping to hold on to his buggy for a short rest and resisting a taste of the rubber crumb floor.

Once he’d explored the park and licked a few more bits of play equipment (is it any wonder he’s on his 2nd tummy bug in 2 weeks!) we decided Baby R and Baby J needed some bro time, chilling on the swings.

A first playdate for baby R, all participants survived without a bite mark in sight.


With some finding the experience more relaxing than others….

A first playdate went without a hitch,


Maybe it was the sunshine, maybe it was the excitement of being able to explore Pecorama on foot, either way, I’m hoping our future playdates go as well as this, and all children leave without a bite mark in sight.

happy days on our first playdate, how do you socialise your babies?




  1. al
    16th May 2015 / 9:08 am

    Great to read about such a lovely day – fab photos too. Thanks for linking up #bigfatlinky

  2. 16th May 2015 / 3:30 pm

    It’s great that you’ve had your first play date with Baby R, he looks like he’s thoroughly enjoyed himself. Baby J looks like he really enjoyed his time out with Baby R, so that’s a plus too! First walk around the park sounds like an impressive milestone too! Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • 16th May 2015 / 7:35 pm

      I was so impressed how much walking he managed. Time to buy some shoes I think!

  3. 16th May 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Lovely post and got very distracted by the cute pics. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  4. 17th May 2015 / 9:31 am

    What a lovely day! Gorgeous photos too! Popping over from TWTWC linky xx

  5. Kriss MacDonald
    18th May 2015 / 9:30 pm

    You can see clearly Baby R had a fabulous day out !

  6. 21st May 2015 / 11:58 am

    How lovely that you’ve had that first play date! The photos look fab too! #bigfatlinky

  7. 22nd May 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Sounds like a fab playdate! I love playdates – it takes some of the pressure off you as the parent for a bit and means you can have a grown-up conversation too!

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xxx

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