Activity #423: Be a dad for a day

Ben Affleck is not Heather's baby's daddyFor any male readers, you probably already are a dad, so you can check this one off your list.

For the rest of you crazy mamas, my suggestion today is to take a cue from dads and do something a little different with your baby.

Go somewhere different. My husband tends to take Julian wherever he needs to go and find something interesting when they get there: the hardware store, to buy a newspaper and stop at the dry cleaner. You get the idea. The sights and sounds of these unfamiliar destinations seem to keep Julian engaged and watchful. I think he is more restless going to the routine places he visits with me.

Use different gear. Use the backpack, the jogging stroller, or the bike trailer.

Dads, tell us – what can we do to be more like you?

P.S. The picture of Violet Affleck’s daddy here is a nod to Heather’s post-collegiate crush on the man.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.