The golden hour
In the first year of your baby's life, an hour or two to yourself is a rare commodity and often arrives when you don't have plans and can't think what to do. Here are our top suggestions to make the most of your time out
Go for a massage
Often there's no need to book. Great for tired, stiff breastfeeding shoulders. Make sure you tell them if you're nursing.
Go to a nail bar for a quick mani/pedi. Opt for a simple French manicure if you don't fancy long, shellac nails while looking after baby.
Walking on sunshine
Download a free podcast app on your phone, or find a great podcast on Spotify. Go for a walk in the sunshine while your ears learn something new.
Drive to the nearest beach
Dip your toes in the water or go for a swim. Fill your pockets with sea shells and go home with don't-care salty hair.
Need restoration but no time to sleep? Try listening to a yoga Nidra, a guided meditation that induces deep relaxation or yogic sleep.
Hit the op shops
If you need a retails fix but are low on cash, spend up large at your local charity shop. It's guilt-free and good for the planet, too.
Go forest bathing
Spending time in nature is always restorative. Lie under some trees and gaze through the canopy of leaves to the sky above.
Catch a movie
The pleasure of sitting by yourself for two hours in a dark, quiet, cosy movie theatre comes into its own once you have a baby.
Go to the local pool
Hop straight into the spa pool, if it has one. Massage jets are wonderfully soothing for aching shoulders and backs
Go to a local cafe
Eat the most gigantic piece of cake you can find with lashings of cream on the side. Go on, you've earned it.
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