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I have always loved my coffee dates with girlfriends, and when baby Emma came along I didn’t give them up. We usually meet someone for coffee once a week! It’s not quite as relaxing anymore since I have a small human to entertain, but we have fun. 🙂

I firmly believe that you have to get out with your babes starting when they are newborns. It’s our responsibility to teach them how to behave in public places and I refuse to be cooped up 24-7 because I have a child. Your social life should not come to a screeching hault after babies! Emma and I look forward to dates with our girlfriends, and even if it’s a crazy morning we pull ourselves together and make it happen. Of course we love having friends over for coffee, and if you both have kids it’s nice for them to be able to run free, but everyone needs to get out sometimes {the babes included}. 

If you haven’t ventured out with your babe yet; here are some tips I hope will be helpful: Keep a handful of toys to entertain your babe in the diaper bag at all times. I like to have an assortment of options. I always have something dangling that can clip on to a highchair, a plastic book that can be chewed on and wiped off if they drop it, a teether toy, pacifier, rings that link {these also can be used to attach toys to the highchair so they don’t drop}, whatever you know your kid will enjoy. I do not turn on my phone and let Emma watch shows. She plays, interacts with others and snacks. I recommend having a food pouch and some sort of crunchy snack in the diaper bag as well. I find that the small bags of veggie straws work well. They aren’t messy, and help with teething. Or if you want to share a goody with your babe since it is an outing, a muffin is always delicious and easy to break in to little bites {Emma’s personal favorite coffee shop treat}. I also keep a bib and bottle in the diaper bag. I fill the bottle with filtered water before we go anywhere.

Do you have a favorite go-to spot for coffee dates? If you are in Nashville, check out Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea in East Nashville. It’s one of our favorites and they have the BEST pastries brought in from Dozen Bakery. You can sit inside or on their cute patio. They also have a little kids table with some toys. 

I hope everyone has a coffee date scheduled soon! XOUTFIT DETAILS:

Dress | Urban Outfitters {last year}

Platform Sandals | Pour La Victoire {old}

Braided Tassel Bracelet | Madeline’s Box

ON BABY EMMA:

Fabric “Belle” Bow in Cream Swiss Dot | Little Mint Julep

Leather Braided Pacifier Clip in Ivory | Madeline’s Box

Chambray Top | Peek Kids {Found at Kid to Kid Consignment}

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Photos By Bethany Sousa

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