Organized Activities for Babies and Toddlers in Des Moines

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My son is now three years old (almost four) but when he was a baby I loved doing organized activities with him. I stayed home with him part time when he was a baby and we loved having organized activities on our calendar to get us out of the house for some social interaction. So if you stay at home or are a working parent, organized activities are a great way for some family bonding time!

Waterbabies Swim Classes

We took a swim class when my son was just over a year old and we had a blast. Our class was at the Waukee Y but there are many other places that offer them.  You don’t even have to be a Y member to join in on the fun! Most classes are about 5 weeks long and include games, singing and basic swimming skills.

Baby Lap Time at the Library

I love to read and so taking my son to the library when he was just a baby was one of my favorite things to do. The baby lap time class is usually about 20 minutes long with songs, finger games and books. I enjoy these classes because it encourages parents to read to your kids even when they are still little babies! I took classes at the Clive Library and most libraries offer something similar.

Music time

I am actually a music teacher and so I know how important it is for kids to be exposed to music at a young age. Kids love music and I am pretty sure they are born that way! Many places offer classes for babies and young toddlers. My favorites are Kindermusik and Music Together classes.

Family Yoga

Family Tree Yoga Studio offers a parent and baby yoga class that seems like lots of fun. It would be a great way to get some exercise for both parent and baby while getting out of the house for an activity.

Baby Sign Language

The Clive Library offers baby sign language courses for babies and their families. It is filled with songs and rhymes using baby signs. We used baby sign language and not only is it helpful with communication but it is a fun way to bond with your baby!

What activities do you like doing with your baby or young toddler?


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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