Hosting your first play date can feel like going to prom: butterflies in the tummy, wondering if things will click, hoping for no awkward silence. But being the host has big rewards if you don’t mind a little planning. You’ll get to trade battle stories with other parents and let the kids play — even if they’re just in the goo-goo-ga-ga phase. Scroll through our flipbook for tips for creating the perfect play date, from snacks to activities to mocktails.

The Bestest Playlist

Break the silence with some tunes to get parents comfy and babies happy. If you don’t already have a killer playlist programmed, consider taking the baby music route with a Pandora station like Raffi or Disney. If the thought of hearing tunes from The Wiggles makes your scalp crinkle, select an adult friendly station like Coldplay, Jack Johnson or Paul Simon.

Photo: via Philippe Put on flickr

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— Gabby Cullen

Featured photo: Parker Knight via flickr