Disclosure: Although I was compensated for this post by Playtex, all opinions are my own.
I don’t know about you, but I was a little bit nervous (okay, a lot nervous) when my oldest got invited to her first playdate. I tried to avoid them all throughout the preschool years mainly because I was a nervous wreck at the thought of sending her on one and really had no interest in hosting one here.
Slowly, once we began to get to know families in town a bit better through school events and town sports, we finally gave in and LET our kids make friends. It was really hard for me and we didn’t really start playdates until my oldest was in kindergarten. Besides, I don’t always feel like supervising someone else’s kid on top of my own. I don’t want to clean up the mess. And what if, God forbid, the playdate that comes to your house is a holy terror? Am I crazy? Did you or do you worry about these things too?
So we gradually began having playdates. I’m talking here and there – I’m definitely not an all the time kind of playdate mom. I like our space and our routines. But I’ve learned that good friends CAN be made by six-year-olds and it’s even more awesome when you love the friend’s mom too!
Here are some playdate tips and tricks I’ve stashed in my bag of tricks over the past few years. Emily (age 8) has found some seriously great girlfriends and Aidan is just getting started. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to playdates.
- First time playdate? New friend? You don’t know the parents too well? Meet at the playground! That way it won’t be awkward for either of the family’s involved!
- Keep it short. An hour and a half playdate is PLENTY, especially at first. Also, host in the morning or after lunch so you don’t have to worry about feeding picky eaters or worry about allergies.
- Speaking of allergies, be SURE to ask if the child has any allergies.
- Have your child’s friend’s mom STAY for the playdate – you never know if you’ll make a new friend too!
- Join a Moms’ Club in your community for built in playdates on the go and finding new friends you can relate to.
Goodness, don’t forget to have fun!
Wanna know what Playtex mom experts Tia and Tamera have to say about playdates? They’re sharing the REAL DEAL – (and I love videos that showcase some of my favorite blogger friends from across the country!)
What did we miss? What’s your big playdate tip for new moms?
Tia and Tamera don’t stop there. Check out the videos below for more mom tips and tricks on bottle feeding and diapering.