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.

Have Story Time

Pull out your baby’s favorite books and host a storytelling session for guests. Interactive books Pat the Bunny, That’s Not My Puppy and Alphaprints 123 are always big winners with babies. Read one aloud (that’s about all the time the kiddos will give ya!) and be prepared to let these books be explored with more than just eyes. Check out some of these cool new baby books for some potential reading material.

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— Gabby Cullen

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