Pete here to chat about getting out and travelling…though not too far from home. Every once in a while, all the Dad’s from our NCT group will get together at a pub on a Saturday afternoon. But this isn’t your typical Saturday afternoon pub meet up. These Saturday pub meetings are with baby. Picture if you will, 9 men, all new dads, sitting around a pub, pint in one hand, and baby in the other. It’s an amazing thing to do on so many levels.
First it gives the dad’s a chance to take on full-fledged care giver responsibilities and spend one-on-one time with our babies, even if only for a few hours. Second, it gives our hard-working partners a few well deserved hours off to go to the spa, sleep, or sit and listen to the quiet that envelopes our flat. Finally, it gives Dad’s an opportunity to bond over the massive change we have all been through over the last few months.
Our first Dad’s Pub Afternoon (gone are the days of pub nights) happened within a few weeks of the babies being born. Around week 6 and we met at The Flask in Hampstead. While, at the time, it seemed a struggle to get there with baby in tow (and no Mom in sight!), it was a pretty easy afternoon out. The babies mostly slept for the entire time, silent in their prams as the Dad’s sat around and traded stories about exploding diapers, crying babies (endlessly crying babies) and just exactly how these little things have changed our lives forever. For this, all we really needed to bring was something to change the babies if/when they work up, and some expressed milk or formula for their next feed. What was supposed to be a 2 hour meet-up wound up being a 5 hour extravaganza. It was fantastic!
The next pub meet-up was a little more interesting…and a bit more active. We met at The George in Belsize Park. There were 7 of us – this time with somewhat active (i.e. not sleeping) babies. We rode up and parked our 7 prams at the back of the pub. This was by far the most enjoyable meet-up we have had to date. The babies were engaging with each other and the Dads, yet they still couldn’t really crawl, so we didn’t have to worry about restless babies. The Dads continued to swap stories, shared some of the things that we discovered along the way (for instance: if you have a boy, make sure his doodle is facing down into the nappie), and we all learned a little from the gathering. It was a fantastic time. The servers even came by and asked for a few photos of this oddity of 7 guys with their babies.
To sum it all up, if you have an opportunity to meet up with some Dad friends for lunch with the babies, then do it. It’s a great excuse to get back to the pub, and learn a thing or two about what other Dads are up to. It’s important to realize that travelling doesn’t need to be to a new city, or country – with a baby, you can have just as much adventure going around the corner. – Pete
Have you had a Dad and baby outing? Did you meet up with fellow Dads? How did it go?