Forget the mall. How many times can you round The Westchester pushing a stroller? When it’s too cold to bring the baby outside, here’s what to do while they nap or giggle happily in their bouncy seat.
Make Homemade Baby Applesauce
Taking a cue from Diane Keaton in one of our favorite 80s flicks, Baby Boom, go the extra mile and whip-up a batch of wholesome applesauce that your baby is sure to love. Like JC Wyatt said: “it will give you something to do when it snows”! This recipe by Smitten Kitchen for baby’s first applesauce is one of our faves, although Parents Mag and Homemade Baby Food also offer good simple recipes.
Organize your photos
This may not sound exciting, but you’ll feel great after you tackle this project. Download all of those adorable pics that have been accumulating on your smartphone for months and turn them in to a photo book, or do it the old fashioned way and order prints to put in an album. You’ll be thankful for years to come.
Learn the classic arts of needlepoint, knitting or crochet.
Needlepoint isn’t just for granny’s anymore! Make your tot a keepsake with your very own hands that they will treasure forever, like a personalized bib (see the adorable needlepoint kit above) or crochet a cozy hat for next fall. Check out Weekend Kits online for easy needlepoint kits for baby. Or get out of the house and head to Sticks & Strings in Scarsdale, which offers knitting and crochet classes for all experience levels, as well as everything you will need for a needlepoint project.
Practice mommy and baby yoga at home — or in the studio.
The frigid temps may put a damper on your morning walks, but you and your little sidekick can still stay active indoors by striking a few calming poses. Yoga Haven studios in Tuckahoe and Scarsdale offer great mommy & me classes where you can learn some exercises to practice at home, so does Hudson Yoga in Croton, Rivertown Mamas (and other locations in the rivertowns) in Hastings, and Quest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco.
Cuddle-up and watch a classic — with baby.
There is nothing better than a good Disney movie. Whether it’s Bambi, Snow White or Mary Poppins plop on the couch, hold your baby tight and introduce them to the magic of Disney. Swallow your guilt. It’s okay to put TV on sometimes.
What’s your favorite thing to do inside with your baby on a cold day?