For many new mums, when you first get home with your tiny bundle of joy the thought of going anywhere to begin with (how much stuff do you need to start carrying about with you?) can be daunting but eventually you and your baba will settle into a routine, you’ll gain confidence and if you are lucky enough to have maternity leave you will eventually find time to go out and do things and get the chance to show off your wee beauty.
For the first few months the things you choose to do can be more about you than the baby (take advantage of this sleepy, cuddly nap stage) so think of things that are nice for you. When they get a bit older you might want to try things that stimulate them too. If you have friends on maternity leave to then it’s great to organise some things together but many will give you the chance to meet other new mums too. Here’s our list of Mummy and baby things to do in Edinburgh.
Lovely Pram Walks In Edinburgh
If the weather is kind enough try and get out with your pram for lovely walks. There is nothing nicer than walking somewhere peaceful with beautiful scenery, pushing your pram. You get to keep stealing loving looks at your little masterpiece as you walk and gather your thoughts. I loved doing this with mine, just me and my baby. Mostly they slept with the motion but I also loved it when they were awake, lying in the pram, entranced by the green foliage of trees above them. I can remember wondering what it was they were looking at and looking up as I walked through woodland paths and being amazed at how beautiful the view a baby has in their pram! So here are some lovely places to visit for those kind of walks.
Botanical Gardens – EH3 5NZ
Lauriston Castle – EH4 6AD
The Water of Leith – EH14 1TQ
Colinton & Craiglockart Dell – EH14 1JF
Inverleith Park – EH3 5NZ
Corstorphine Hill – EH12 6UP
Union Canal – EH3 9QB
While they are still new if you can get some professional photos taken to cherish forever. Really newborn shoots usually are done in the first 7 weeks but photographers know that for everyone that just isn’t realistic. Find a photographer who will give you the chance to say what you are looking for and will advise you on prices before, a package deal is good because once you see the shots it will be hard not to want to buy them all. Here is our list of highly recommended baby photographers in Edinburgh.
Teresa Sumerfield Photography – www.teresa-sumerfield.com
Anna Moffat – www.annamoffat.com
Oh Daisy – www.oh-daisy.co.uk
Rachel Hein – www.rachelhein.com
The most important thing to remember when doing things with your baby is that it’s about you too. A happy mummy makes a happy baby. Enjoy as much as you can while they are tiny, they grow up so fast.
Baby Friendly Lunch
Friends, family and other new Mums can be a life line for your sanity and it’s nice to catch up for a cup of tea, coffee and cake, get advice or just enjoy some adult chat. The following list is where to go for a nice snack or lunch with baby in tow. Some are good for when they are a bit older too, with play areas to keep them amused. All offer delicious treats for you to eat and extra touches that make you know baby is welcome too.
Jenn’s Den – 31 Corbiehill Rd, Edinburgh
Babies and Bump Café – 13-15 Church Hill Place, Edinburgh
Summerhall – Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh
Joy Tots Shop and Café – 117 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh
Toots Play Café – 227 Gilmerton Rd, Edinburgh
The Pantry – 1 N W Circus Pl, Edinburgh
Baby & Mummy Classes
Going along to a baby class or playgroup is a great way to meet other new mums too. Don’t feel pressured to sign yourselves up for everything that is going, pick something you think you’ll both enjoy and have fun as well as making new friends. Most offer a free first session so you can decide if it’s right for you both. Here’s our top suggestions.
Montesorri Mornings – www.montessorimornings.com
Baby Massage – www.edinburghbabymassage.co.uk
Water Babies – www.waterbabies.co.uk
Gymboree – www.gymboree-uk.com
Jo Jingles – www.jojingles.com
Baby Sensory – www.babysensory.com
Book Bug Rhyme Times – www.scottishbooktrust.com