Things To Do During A Winter Maternity Leave
Keeping the family busy and occupied indoors during the cold, long months of winter can be tough for any parent – a challenge that strikes even the newest of parents. Despite enjoying precious time with a new little one, for new moms and dads on winter maternity or paternity leaves, the days can go by slowly. As a new parent, how do you stay busy while on maternity leave in the winter? Members of The Family Room blog team chime in with their ideas for things to do during a winter maternity leave.
Ideas for Winter Maternity Leave Activities
Emily: Let someone else do the shoveling…the baby needs to be snuggled! Once you feel up to it, find somewhere inside to get moving – even mall walking is OK. You’ll feel better if you leave the house and move your body. It’s pretty easy to learn how to wrap/wear your baby and then you can put your coat on and zip them up inside it for a nice walk outside. Organize a potluck dinner with friends – it can help you feel more connected while while you’re on leave.
Marisa: Go for a walk every day! If it’s snowy/rainy, head to the mall for a few laps. Join a new moms/dads support group – most hospitals have a weekly class/meet-up for new parents. Enroll in a class – music classes were our favorite and started at 6 weeks!
Aili: The movie theatre in my town does a mommy and me movie during the day where babies, of all ages, are welcome. A lot of my mommy friends have gone and love it. Another big hit is also the mall – there’s a high-end mall about 25 minutes from my house filled with high-end retailers; I love to window shop with my friends and see what is new and check out the holiday displays.
Amy: Finding a support group is a great activity in the winter for new parents. Many groups will meet up at each other’s houses or a public area that is appropriate for newborns. Through a parenting group, you can establish friendships with other parents who are experiencing the same things that you are and have a network of peers to lean on and to get support. And if you don’t feel up for the social scene, winter is a perfect time to snuggle up with your new child and get in some real bonding time with baby. Maternity leave is far too short.
Do you have ideas for things to do on a winter maternity leave? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.
This article originally appeared in Jan 2015 and has since been updated.