20 Things To Do in Tampa Bay with a Newborn

Thins to do in Tampa Bay with a Newborn

Postpartum, babymoon, maternity leave… what do you call the period AFTER your baby is born?

Even more importantly, what do you DO in this time? 

As postpartum doulas, it’s our job and pleasure to pamper mothers after baby is born and we’re experts in this field.  That’s why we’ve compiled this list of how to spend this precious time.

  1. Hire a postpartum doula!  Did you guess this one ahead of time? Listen, the first week after baby is born should be considered “bed rest.”  Yes, that’s right, new mothers should try to spend the entire week in bed, off her feet, nuzzling, snuggling and bonding with baby, eating delicious and nutritious foods to heal her body and build her milk supply and resting from the marathon that was birth.  Who will prepare this food? Change diapers? Play with older siblings? Wash the laundry or run a vacuum around? The postpartum doula, of course! Call us today to set up a complimentary consultation

  2. Hit the beach. We live in the place others dream of being, especially in the Winter months.  Get loaded up on magnesium and vitamin D (safely, of course) and natural exfoliants.  Breathe in that salty air!  If you can’t make it out yet, check out this post on how to get the benefits at home.  Our favorite beaches for those with littles: Honeymoon Island, Treasure Island and Fred Howard Park.

  3. Shop at Crunch Natural Parenting in Dunedin. They have a terrific selection of baby carriers, amber necklaces, cloth diapers and all that you’ll need to care for your new little sweetheart.

  4. Gaze at sea life at the Florida Aquarium Relaxing, fun and educational! Be sure to bring a suit and towel for the bigger kids… the on site splash park is a must! Also a must? An adult beverage while you relax in the shade.

  5. Get support from other mothers at Circle of Mothers hosted by Evelyn Ojeda.  Evelyn Ojeda offers transformational mentoring and a weekly circle of mothers.  BONUS: She’s right next door to Crunch (See #3.)

  6. Take the big kids to the Tarpon Springs Splash Park.  Because we live in the paradise that is year-round gorgeous weather, this splash park is open year-round!  It’s new, clean, fun, offers shade and a playground and dog park all in one convenient location near the Sponge Docks.

  7. Browse deals for the baby at Stellie Bellie’s Kiddie & Maternity Resale Boutique.  Trade in those maternity pants or extra baby gear and get the stuff you really need: lots of onesies, a Bobby pillow, more diapers and that sound machine you’ve been eyeing.

  8. Redesign, rearrange, redecorate.  Out with the tasteful, pricey decor, in with the bins! Yes, you’ll need lots and lots of bins and baskets for: toys, diapers, shoes, clothes, laundry, diapers, laundry, diapers… did we say diapers? Make a day of it and splurge with yummy meatballs and mashed potatoes.  There’s an IKEA trip in your future!

  9. Align your spine! Giving birth is so tough on our bodies that a post-birth chiropractic adjustment is an absolute must.  While there are many terrific chiropractors in Tampa Bay here are a few of our favorites: in Carrollwood Totally Chiropractic, in Wesley Chapel or for home visits Innate Chiropractic, in St. Pete Happy Healthy Spine, in Clearwater Balance Chiropractic and Hartley Chiropractic.

  10. Eat all the yummy food and relax at Armature Works This place has so many delicious options to choose from and comfortable seating as well as outdoor shaded areas. If you haven’t been, you must try it!

  11. Get some nursing bras and nursing tanks. We lived in our nursing tanks after our babies were born. And it was so nice and convenient to have a shirt that made breastfeeding easier. It also made nursing around other people more comfortable and they come in all kinds of cute colors. “The clip-down nursing tanks from motherhood.com took over my wardrobe and I highly recommend them,” says Christie.  Motherhood has stores all over Tampa Bay, including at Clearwater Mall, International Plaza and more.

  12. Stroll around somewhere shady.  Babies love the outdoors! We love the outdoors! But let’s get real, strenuous stuff may be off limits for awhile.  We love places like Heritage Village and the Florida Botanical Gardens.

  13. Take your placenta capsules for improved mood, milk production and faster healing.

  14. Go to a Learn and Play.  Get hands on instruction, borrow from a huge lending library of carriers and meet other parents in the huge group Tampa Bay Babywearing.

  15. Pick out a new ornament for the Christmas tree.  We think your little peanut needs some representation on the O’ Tannebaum.  Roger’s Christmas Wonderland is a local legend.

  16. Baby yourself with a massage.  We have a licensed massage therapist who specializes in caring for new mothers, on our team here at Buddha Belly!

  17. Order groceries online and have them delivered home.  shipt.com offers personalized and fast Publix shopping and delivery… cause really, who has time to go to the grocery store?

  18. Get breastfeeding support.  La Leche League, Babycafe, and in home support are all great options… Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Task Force has a great list of options.

  19. Go see a movie!  Once your baby is a toddler it’s going to be a while before you’ll be able to see a “grown up” movie with your partner, in the actual movie theater, again.  Seize the day!  Or night.  Your newborn baby will sleep right through it.

  20. Ready for more baby gear? Seedlings in Tampa has toys, natural products, baby carseats, clothes and more.  You’re sure to find all your necessities.

About Amy Lewis

Amy is certified by ProDoula as a labor doula, postpartum and infant care doula and postpartum placenta specialist. She was certified by the Healthy Children Project and the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice as a lactation counselor and is a birth, newborn and breastfeeding educator.

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