Top 10 Places to Take Your Baby in Cincinnati

Being a brand new parent can really limit your day-to-day activities. Between very little sleep and a teeny tiny little baby who’s not quite yet ready to take on the world, you can quickly fall victim to cabin fever. Luckily for all of us, our options grow as quickly as they do! I know for us, as soon as we felt comfortable taking our son out, I was hardly home. After nearly a month in the house I was more than ready to get out — even if it took me an extra hour to get out of the house!

The possibilities are endless in our beautiful city; here are my top 10 places to take your baby in Cincinnati:

The Cincinnati Zoo

One more reason to love our zoo is their new(ish) Nursing Nest. For the new or nursing mom this is a great place to stop for a diaper change, a bottle or to nurse your little one in one of their private nursing rooms.

Splash Playground at Miami Whitewater

Any of the new splash parks in the area are great for those days in August when you question why you chose to live in what seems like the most humid city in the country.  (We also love Parky’s Wetland Adventure at Woodland Mound!)

The Red Balloon Cafe + Play

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This one may be better for the 1+ crowd, but features an indoor playground, coloring and sensory activities.

Cincinnati Reds Games

While I can’t promise that your little one will pay attention to the whole game, they have added plenty of new activities for the kiddies. Lots of new play spaces to run off a little energy before the game, and the new Pampers Nursing Suite for feeding your baby. {In the off season, strap your little one in a carrier and wander around the Reds Hall of Fame Museum!}

The Newport Aquarium

Our son loved the aquarium even at 6 months old. Lights and sounds and moving fish made him a very happy little boy. I recommend going early with an extra little one so you have time to move slowly through each exhibit and let them enjoy a new experience.

Smale Park

Harvey fountain at Smale

Room to toddle for the older babies, swings for all ages, a carousel and a splash park, Smale Park is the perfect place to take the kiddos any time of year.

Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center

This place has everything! A safe place for kids of all ages to play, specialized sensory activities and most importantly, a coffee shop for parents to connect while their babes enjoy all the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center has to offer.

Sky Zone

You might immediately be thinking putting a baby or toddler on a trampoline with older kids and even adults sounds like a recipe for disaster. Fear not: Sky Zone hosts certain times specifically for tiny jumpers and even offers a sensory hours option for children with special needs.

Local Library

Cincinnati’s libraries are great for kids of all ages. Whether you stop in for story time, a toddler activity or just to pick up some new movies or books, your local library is a great place to take the kids on a rainy spring day or during the winter when it’s too cold to play outside.

Cincinnati Children’s Museum

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While this may be geared toward toddlers and older kids who can run and climb, there is still plenty to see, hear and touch for the littlest ones. If your baby is like my baby, just watching the older kids will keep them entertained.
What was/is your favorite place to take your baby in Cincy? Share in the comments below!

emilydaffinAbout Emily:

Emily grew up just north of Cincinnati in Hamilton, OH and now lives in Western Hills with her husband Jim, their son James and their lunatic yellow lab, Rosey. Emily graduated from Xavier University (Go Muskies!), and is now a stay at home mom after working in marketing and promotions for local radio and TV stations.

Emily spends most of her free time visiting the manatees (James’ favorite) at the Cincinnati Zoo, shopping at local antique shops, or singing Beatles songs with James who typically just stares at her like she’s crazy. Emily hopes one day he’ll join in but for now she enjoys his giggles. She also enjoys photography and has quickly turned into a Pure Barre addict while trying to melt away the daily milkshakes she consumed while pregnant. So far it’s going well, but Skyline frequently gets in the way.

Emily loves to write and is looking forward to connecting with other Moms in Cincinnati while writing for Cincinnati Parent.


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