Nikki is one of my oldest friends, and she’s holding down the fort in our hometown. You may have heard of it: Los Angeles, California.
Nikki’s favorite places to go with a baby in Los Angeles
Now that baby Lennox is 7 months old, Nik is an expert on where to go with a baby in L.A. Today she shares her suggested itinerary for new moms in L.A.:
Mommy and Baby Movies
Bring your baby to Pacific Theatres at The Grove and spend time in a theatre filled with other parents and their kids. Don’t fret if your babe is crying because other little ones are doing the same. Amazingly, you can concentrate on the movie! ($9.50 The Grove 11:00 am)
Not as fancy as The Grove, but you have a much better chance of seeing an art film here at the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont. Afterwards you can check out La La Ling down the street and check out some high-end baby clothes and classes. ($4.00 at 10:30 am)
This is a great park in Santa Monica at 2501 Wilshire Blvd. Lots of moms and nannies with their little ones. Swing on the baby swings, sit in the sand or watch the ducks swimming in the pond. In the summer, there is a water feature to run through! Afterwards stroll west on Wilshire and visit the Pump Station. Shop a bit and get a schedule of breastfeeding support classes. Cross the street and keep going west and you’ll end up at The Right Start for some more shopping. (Free!)
Join other moms and babies in a yoga class led by Gurmukh. First, do some yoga for you while your baby lies down and hangs out, and then incorporate your baby in your practice. End class with some dancing followed by a short discussion group. ($15 at 10:30 am at 6322 De Longpre)
Shane’s Inspiration, Griffith Park
A playground designed for disabled children, Shane’s Inspiration is very baby- and toddler-friendly. On the way stop and look at the ponies or take a ride on the carousel. Lots of free parking. (4800 Crystal Springs Dr.)
Best destination for the true newbie: The Pump Station
Check out The Pump Station in Santa Monica or Hollywood as an amazing resource. Bring your baby to a breastfeeding support group and learn a ton as you meet other new moms.