My big boy (sniff, sniff) is starting his first group class next month at a fun gym in Philadelphia called NEST. I am so excited to make new mom friends and have Raffi play and make friends too, but I’m also nervous.
I have no idea on how to navigate these classes or even simple playdates.
Raffi has had only a few playdates so far, and I have no idea what rules there are. Do I let my son touch the other kids’ toys? Do I let him touch the other kid? Do we put separate blankets down and have them stay on their own turf while sizing one another up? He clearly loves being around other babies his age, so I need to learn these rules fast.
Once they crawl and they are a bit older it all makes sense to me. You let them play and slobber and do whatever they like (Right? Or am I wrong?). However, I feel like we are stuck in this weird stage between being so careful of the newborn getting sick and not worrying with the older baby. Since Raffi has never been to daycare or in the presence of multiple children near his age, I have no clue what is appropriate.
At the playdates we have had, Raffi has pretty much played with his own toys while the other child played with his. They hung around near each other, but that was it. I’m sure it’s mostly due to my paranoia of offending the other moms or breaching the unspoken playdate rules that I don’t know about yet.
Tips? What are the basic playdate rules?
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