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November 19, 2018

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. 

Nail it 

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. 

Yoga nidra 

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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