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.

Sit and Sing

A nice idea for baby bonding is a sit-and-sing session. Plop the wee ones down in a circle and conduct a private music class in the comfort of your own home. If finding songs is a challenge, check out this great list of beginner tunes for babies. If you’d rather leave it to the pros, some music programs such as Kindermusik and Music Together offer private sessions.

Photo: via Salim Vijri on flickr


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— Gabby Cullen

Featured photo: Parker Knight via flickr