- 8 years ago
(I felt like I was writing a personal ad writing that title, haha)
A lot of our friends are in the stage where they are just having babies, so we’ve got friends with kids ranging 2 weeks to 18 months old. Next month, we are moving to an apartment that’s actually big enough to host guests/parties, instead of the tiny attic studio where we spent the last six months (since LDR ended).
Some friends in particular have avoided attending social events (for example: Bible study) because they feel that their 1 year old would be a distraction to everyone, despite constant assurances that no one minds, everyone loves their son, he’s good and quiet, etc. Anyway, they’re FINALLY getting to the point where they’ve attended a few less-structured activities with him in tow, and we’re hoping it will usher in a new era for the whole group: the It’s Okay To Bring Your Kids era.
To that end, I want to make our new place kid-friendly. I’m not saying 100% baby proof, I’m just saying, I want them to know their kids are welcome, and to have no hesitations about bringing them over.
Are there any toys, supplies, items that a good “aunt” home should have? I’d love specific suggestions that grow with the kids, since, as I mentioned, we have increasing numbers of kids and they’re all aging (hah!) I just think it would be nice to have a rubbermaid tub full of toys, etc. or something that we can pull out when the kids are around, you know?
Also, any specifics decor type things that you see in the homes of couples-without-kids that make you hesitant to bring your child, or on edge while your kid is in their home? Like, heirloom breakables on display within kid’s reach, for example, maybe?
Thanks for the advice!