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When you're a new mom, sometimes you can feel stuck inside bound by nap schedules and baby feedings. But one thing I've learned after two kids is that you just have to get out and do things to recharge your brain and find your own sanity. You don't have to be stuck at home all day, and you can take your little one along while you explore. I'll often time my outings with Coco's active awake time or with the beginning of a nap so that she's happy and comfortable. Then, I can wear her in my Ergo Baby 360 carrier so that she's close by me while I'm soaking up our surroundings.

Here are a few of my favorite types of places to go (with babe in tow) when I need a change of scenery…

Shout and About / Los Angeles

1 / Explore Your Neighborhood – It seems so simple to get out and explore where you live. But sometimes you find unexpected things even in familiar surroundings. For me, it's not always about going somewhere grand but just taking a walk near by. In Silver Lake (the area of Los Angeles that I live in), there are tons of hidden stair cases (like the one above) that people use as short cuts through the hills. And window shopping is one of my favorite things to do—I get so inspired by the ways people make a retail space come to life (those balloons)!

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

2 / Get inspired by nature - As I kid, I loved exploring plants, flowers, and butterflies. So we visited the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum where you can walk among all the beautiful, fluttering butterflies and learn about all the different types that exist. After Coco woke up from her nap, she wanted to check out the butterflies, too!

Piñata District / Los Angeles

Piñata District / Los Angeles

Piñata District / Los Angeles

Piñata District / Los Angeles

3 / Find an unexpected source of inspiration - I might not have a need for a piñata anytime soon. But when there's a whole Piñata District in downtown LA dedicated to piñatas of all kinds, there's something so inspiring about seeing all the crazy types of pieces that can be made. Not only did I feel refreshed after some new outings, but Coco loved it, too! It's never too early to show your babe all the cool things that exist out there in the world.

Where do you guys go when you need some new-found inspiration?

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Ergo—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. My outfits: Rainbow stairs, top by Ace & Jig (past season); Butterfly Pavilion, dress by Loyal HanaPiñata District, skirt by Zara; shoes worn in all, by Toms. I'm wearing this Ergo Baby 360 carrier.}

21 comments

  1. I live in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and just recently decided i needed to spend more time taking in my surroundings. I was so consumed with going to other neighborhoods that I realized I didn’t appreciate my own. I love getting out and finding little gems in the flowers, stores, restaurants, people, etc. that help to inspire me daily. Thank you for the reminder…it’s the little things that keep me going.

  2. Either I go for a walk around my neighborhood which I especially love right now, because the trees are screaming fall season. Or I meet up with other mom friends and just chat and have long conversations with them, which, by the way, yesterday’s post on my blog, is about exactly that!
    Love the balloons and the stairs!
    Alina

  3. I always feel posts like this make me evaluate the way I recharge my creative battery. I do really love nature, it has so much to offer in the way of inspiration. I find incredible sparks happen when I go to thrift and craft stores! If I can’t get out and about, I enjoy getting some inspiration through my closet and art stash… There’s always hidden gems.

  4. I love seeing mums out and about with their babes, and in settings other than the grocery store or the chemist! I could imagine just some fresh air is all you need to feel back to normal when you have a little one. P.s. I hope you bought a pinata, and even if you didn’t just lie and tell me you did. They are so cool!
    Megan || Oh Hey! blog

  5. Thank you so much for posting this, Joy! I just had my first baby and I had a terrible bout of post partum depression, and I really want other mamas to know how to cope it an overcome it, and getting out is so crucial. You’re an inspiration!

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