Having a baby can feel pretty isolating for many people. Your mobility and free time both become quite limited, which can lead to a feeling of isolation and frustration. One way to combat this is by spending time with other parents who understand what you are going through and are in the same boat. For parents in San Mateo, there are a wide variety of activities that cater to infants and their families, many of which are available at public libraries.
One popular activity for parents with infants is Itsy-Bitsy Baby Storytime. This program is available at the Foster City branch of the San Mateo County library, every Monday at 10:30 am . The program is for children ages zero through 18 months, along with their parents or caregivers. Each week includes nursery rhymes, songs, and stories, which are fun due babies and their adults alike. This is also a good time for parents of infants to talk to each other, arrange play dates, and generally bond over being at the same life stage.
Another good program for infants in San Mateo County is the Babies and Books Storytime that happens in a few different branches of the San Mateo County library, including Millbrae, Portola Valley, and Belmont. This weekly program includes rhymes, lap play, songs, and short stories for children ranging from zero to 18 months old. There is a bilingual Spanish version at the Half Moon Bay branch of the San Mateo library on Mondays and Saturdays.
My Gym, a franchise establishment which can be found in both San Carlos and Belmont, features movement and music classes for parents and young children. Classes for children as young as 6 weeks old feature songs and movements that parents and children do together. These classes can help you meet other local parents with young children, as well as help parents learn new activities to do with their children to encourage development. My Gym features classes for children up to 13 years old, with each classes targeting age appropriate motor development and skill learning.
One activity for infants in San Mateo County that is fairly unusual is the Policeman Storytime. This happens at the Brisbane Branch on Wednesdays at 10:30 am and involves local police officers stopping by to read their favorite stories to the children. This is followed by playtime and appropriate for very young children.
If you can’t find an activity that you like, it is always possible to start your own. Meet-up groups are popular for parents of young children, and may focus around specific subjects or interests, or just be for parents of young children. The hospital where you gave birth may also be able to refer you to a local “Mommy and Me” group for parents of infants. Some parents also find it helpful to use Craigslist, either to join groups that are already established or to start new ones.
Note: All times and events current as of Fall 2013, check for current schedule.