What to do with your baby in Illawarra and Wollongong and how to meet other new parents and mums! As of 14 weeks ago, I officially became a “local mum” following the birth of my daughter Lenny. For all the new parents reading this, I firstly want to say the biggest well done to you on a hard job. So, if you are ready to venture out of the beautiful newborn bubble, but unsure where is baby friendly in Wollongong, here are some of our favourite baby-friendly activities, attractions and spots in Wollongong and the Illawarra.
Discover the best baby activities Illawarra-wide
Those first weeks and months are so raw, with your body recovering, whilst navigating a roller coaster of emotions and a huge life adjustment. For me, getting outside was important to stay sane and find our groove amidst all the new things to get used to!
Plus you can also read our Best Things to do with Kids Illawarra & Wollongong here. Parents and carers we’ve got you covered! Now drumroll please for the best parks and activities for big kids and teens across Wollongong and Illawarra.
Best Walks with a Baby around the Illawarra
I love a good walk especially when it gets me out into nature or looking at the beach, and judging by Lenny’s sleeping habits, so does she.
Whether in the pram or the carrier, my favourite gentle walk spots are:
1. Seacliff Bridge in Coalcliff (the wide pavement is great for prams).If you have enough energy, try and walk to The Scarborough Hotel for a coffee or lunch with a stunning view. It takes about 40 minutes form the bridge.
2. Bulli Beach Ocean Path – I love this part of the ocean bike path, there are two lovely cafes to stop and chill at.
3. Wollongong Blue Mile and Harbour – love this walk. SO many places to stop and admire the place where your baby will grow up! Plus rock pools, gentle harbour beaches, cafes and The Continental Pool awaits (it has a toddler and baby pool too).
Mums and Bubs Yoga Illawarra and Wollongong
When your body is ready to start gentle exercise, Mums and Bubs yoga classes are a perfect way to incorporate some grounding mindfulness and gentle stretches whilst accommodating for those noisy little sidekicks.
My favourite one right now is the Mums and Bubs Yoga @ Stanwell Park Surf Club– 10.30am- 11.15am on Tuesdays, $15 per class. Ocean views too!
Best part is there are no lock in courses as the beautiful teacher Renata knows that some weeks it will just be in the too hard basket.
Other places doing Mums and Bubs yoga classes in the area are: Austinmer Beach House Yoga.
For other local exercise options, CLICK HERE,
Best Cafes for Babies and Toddlers in Wollongong
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A good cup of coffee, burger or perhaps a delicious pastry is a fabulous reset especially if you have a grizzly baby or if having people over is a bit tricky, meeting family in pram friendly venues can be much easier.
So here are some of our favourite spots: Best Baby Friendly Places around the Illawarra:
1. Headlands Hotel, Austinmer. A beautiful spot, with beach walks either side and amazing ocean views. There is lots of space indoor and outdoor and easy pram access everywhere. Great spot for any out-of-town baby visitors to stay too.
2. Boston Brew Cafe, Stanwell Park. Beautiful views, indoor/ outdoor setting, easy pram access, lots of space, easy walking circle nearby if bub needs some extra rocking. Some high tables that come in handy if you are having to bounce your bub in the carrier and your food has already arrived (this may have been a regular occurrence for us).
3. Wombarra Bowling Club, Wombarra. Cheap and cheerful with great outdoor setting, plus views of the escarpment and ocean.
4.Bulli Beach Cafe. Ocean views, both indoor and outdoor settings or can grab take away and sit on the grass nearby. Great walking path nearby if you need to get a coffee to go.
5. Towradgi Beach Hotel. Good activities for older kids, lots of outdoor space with pram access. Breakfast menu available!
Baby playgroups and baby activities in Wollongong
Mothering and Fathering is a team sport. Finding other parents who are going through the same things can be very helpful, as is finding activities that are baby friendly, where you can breastfeed comfortably and crying babies are welcomed.
UOW’s Early Start Discovery Space
Open seven days a week from 9am – 1pm during school terms and 9am to 3:30pm during school holidays. Closed some Public Holidays.
What to do in Wollongong with a baby. New Parents Guide to The Illawarra – UOW’s Early Start Discovery Space
Giggleworms – Kiama, Woonona & Gwynneville
Giggleworms offers two educational, interactive and fun-filled classes for families to choose from and is suitable for families with newborns through to Kindergarteners.
Their Music Together® music and movement program, offers lots of ways for parents/caregivers to interact musically with their baby. Their Say YES to the MESS! Messy Play classes are the perfect place for babies and children to freely (and safely) explore, create, and learn while using all of their senses (please note that this class is suitable for 8 months to 4 year olds).
Reach out to Kristy of Giggleworms to learn more about their classes for babies here.
What to do in Wollongong with a baby. New Parents Guide to The Illawarra – Giggleworms
There are some awesome baby friendly programs on at local libraries including:
For the full list of groups at the library CLICK HERE
Becoming a parent is far from easy and all of us have different ways and different people we lean on for that support.
If you looking for even more kid-friendly fun (and free) activities to do in the Illawarrra, check out our Fun Places To Take Kids page on our site HERE
Wishing you all the magical moments with your baby, and a reminder that ‘this too shall pass’ when life gets tricky with your baby!
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