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Make the Mall Your Best Friend
Everything's indoors, elevators for strollers and bathrooms with changing tables — the mall has it all. “Dressing rooms in larger department stores are perfect for nursing,” says Cheryl Wu, a New York City-based pediatrician and mom. Plus, you can have lunch or grab cofee with friends while you shop for new shoes (for both you and baby!).
Find a Flick
Movies, unlike happy hour, don't have to fall in the category of bygone pre-baby pastimes. Find baby-friendly movie showings with brighter lighting, changing stations, stroller parking and lowered movie volume for baby's sensitive hearing at nationalamusements.com, or find a retro-cool drive-in movie at driveinmovie.com. Summertime is perfect for an outdoor showing on the big screen — bring baby's favorite play mat or swing and some noiseless toys to keep her occupied.
Be an Early Bird
Pick off-beat times to dine out (like lunch at 11 a.m. or dinner at 4:30 p.m.). “Since the restaurant will be pretty empty, you won't be as stressed out if your baby gets fussy,” says Stewart Pim Goodbody, New York City mom to a 1-year-old daughter. Feed your baby first so he'll be happy/sleepy/full and an all-around much nicer dining companion.
“I love my Moby Wrap. I wear my baby everywhere, and it makes nursing so much easier without an extra cover to carry around.” — GINA MACALA