Activity #1: Pretend you’re in Paris

by on February 10, 2014

in Eating,Indoors,Mommy,Month 1,Outside

Rookie Moms Challenge #1 - Take baby to a cafe

This is an outing for beginners: go to your favorite coffee/tea venue. You have about five more months to enjoy cafe culture. For your sake, I hope that some of this includes the warmer months. Once your baby crawls, she will not tolerate your fondness for people watching or spacing out, so live it up now. Pack up a journal, a trashy magazine, or a pile of thank you notes and head to a cafe. Park the stroller right next to you and breathe in the mocha-infused air.

If it’s raining, this outing is even better. You need to get out of the house and your new favorite coffee shop is a place you can go sit for an hour or two and just be proud that you went somewhere on your own. Yes, you can take the baby out in the rain or snow. Your mother surely took you. (Well, not me, ’cause I was born in San Diego). Go on, that hot chocolate has your name written all over it.

If you go to the same place every day, they will quickly remember you and your baby and probably your order. This might make you feel special. If you were me, you would take this on as a challenge and purposely seek out a place where they ask for your name so that you can arrive to a personalized greeting.

Before you leave the cafe, buy some treats for dessert tonight. Que magnifique!

Did you complete this challenge? Use any of these methods to tell us about it:

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  • Or, post a link in the comments to your own blog post about this challenge.

Baby too old for this? Try Activity #183: Find a kid-friendly coffee shop

Need inspiration? Read rookie mom Kristin’s blog post about this first challenge.

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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.

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