Have a playdate at Joeys World Playground

One of the best locations for a moms in Bowmanville to meet for a playdate is Joey’s World Playground. While mostly catered to older kids, there is a basic play space setup for infants. The variety of foam play structures available are best suited for little ones that can crawl, stand and toddle.

A view of the infant play space at Joeys World Playground

You can easily spend a few hours here between naps – There’s a cafeteria-style sitting area with high chairs and seats for both you and baby to have something to eat while you’re there. Joey’s World also sell a variety of adult and kid-friendly snacks and make coffee on site. Now here’s the best part: This place is open until 8pm every day of the week except Monday. These opening hours are longer than most of the indoor play places I’ve visited locally, so it’s earned a special place in my top places to go in Durham.

Joey’s World Playground is located at 380 Lake Road, Bowmanville, and is open everyday from 10am-8pm except Mondays.

Cost: A single play pass is $6.45 for children that are crawling and $9.45 for children that can walk. Adults are free, provided there are only a max of two per group.


Find support and meet other local moms with large families

Two parents sit with their four children in a park

There is a group for almost everything and everyone online these days, the key is knowing where to look. The Durham Region Big Happy Families Facebook group is one of those hidden gems. This group was created for moms raising large families in Durham to provide support both online and in-person with meetups. This is a great resource for local information to answer any burning questions that apply to large size families – things like what vehicle to buy to fit the family, how to manage family schedules and more. There are no requirements set by the group for what’s considered a ‘large’ family, so if you feel you fit into this description, I encourage you to join and start meeting some other moms in the area just like you!


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Apply for a passport for baby

Mat leave is the ideal time to apply for a passport for your little one. I say this for a few reasons – if you ever find a must-book vacation deal or have a family emergency that requires you to fly out of Canada – having a passport ready to use for baby can save you a ton of time (and worry) in the future. Plus, getting passports made when your little ones are still small in their photos is pretty cute.

The cover and inside pages of the 2014 Canadian Passport

If you’re feeling a little daunted by all the steps involved when applying for a passport for baby, here are a few key tips:

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Find a local playground with an infant swing

In the past few weeks I’ve been taking my little one to try out the swing at the park. He’s long outgrown his baby swing that he loved when he was smaller, so I figured that trying out the infant-sized swings at my local park wasn’t too much of a stretch out of his comfort zone.

An infant swing

I’m able to fit my little guy into this swing comfortably but depending on the size of your baby, you can always add a rolled up receiving blanket around your little one to help make them more comfortable.

Many playgrounds around Durham have these type of infant sized swings installed, but from what I understand not all of them do. I found this great post written by a local mom that catalogues the top 10 infant and toddler friendly playgrounds in the Durham area if you want to do some pre-research to find the best park or even a new park to give this activity a try.

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