When I brought up with one of my best friends — who also happens to be a mom — that my next assignment for discovering and compiling things to do in Chapel Hill was babies, she gave me this advice:
“Oh that’s easy. Tell them they have six months. They can bring their baby wherever they want. And then it’s over.”
Saying it’s over might be a bit of hyperbole, but I get it. Our conversation had taken place over an elegant dinner at Acme, followed by delicious ice cream from Tar Heel Creamery, then a sophisticated cocktail at Pecadillo. It was a wonderful evening, and maybe we could have pulled it off with baby in tow, but definitely not with a toddling almost-two year old.
But I do believe, that although not covered in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, there is plenty to do in Chapel Hill with your wee one!
No matter what age you are, first things first. How are you going to FEED your baby in Chapel Hill? Well, maybe your baby isn’t going to be eating from the fine selection of local restaurants, but maybe you’re like my friend who lives in Raleigh but came to town to visit and asked me recently “what are some kid-friendly restaurants?”
I freaked. I eat a lot. And I eat out at about every restaurant in town. But I had never paid attention to who had high chairs since I was picking up thrown crayons and tortilla chips during my days as a hostess at Flying Burrito, not to mention my emotional scars from being told to “silence the Slinky®” as a young child dining at The Orient Express (the ancestor of Southern Rail).
So I put it out to the Twitterverse, and thanks to the Morehead Planetarium, Hallie Sessoms, and the Chapel Hill Recorder, they vouched for the kid-friendliness of some of our area eateries:
Or maybe you stayed up late the night before and need some major caffeine. You can stop by at Open Eye Café in Carrboro, who along with having great coffee, also have a box of toys and are always host to many kids in the A.M.
But now, that your progeny has dribbled all over their pretty dress, you realize you might need to change their clothes. You need to know where you can DRESS your baby in Chapel Hill.
Well, if you’re like me and you were left to your own devices, you’d dress your child in head-to-toe Carolina blue every day, no matter whether boy or girl. But maybe you want to branch out from the most beautiful color on earth (not sure why) or worry that folks will mistake your Ava as Evan, so here are some other places to dress your baby (or your nephew, cousin, godchild, or grandbaby):
So one of my mantras is looking the part is half the battle, but even if your baby is looking cute, you’re still looking for something to DO with your baby in Chapel Hill. For one thing, if you so choose, you could just stop reading this blog, and pick up a copy of Erin Baldwin’s book, The Big Fun Guide to Tar Heel Country. As a review on the jacket says, “I laughed. I cried. I found the potty.” Erin’s book is incredibly comprehensive in covering everything that one can do with the young and really, the young at heart.
Some other ideas of what to do with your baby in Chapel Hill:
But I understand, you might be saying, why should I listen to this girl? She doesn’t have any kids. I don’t have any kids but I do love them. And I still think even if they aren’t yours, there are things to eat, wear, and do as a baby in the southern part of heaven. But don’t take my word for it. Check out these local resources on blogs, Twitter, and Pinterest, for more great things to do with your (or someone else’s) baby!
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