I'm a Stay at home mom to a 15 month old, and now that she is mobile with lesser naps I have a hard time keeping her busy all day without feeling like she is bored or being stimulated.
Sidenote: we are in the midwest so to cold for much outdoor fun we are home 80% of the time.
I'm curious what other moms do all day with their little ones, do you get to do anything for yourself or do you focus on entertaining the toddler all day until they go down for a nap.
Do you think watching a show or two while the toddler is woke is bad and should attention be mainly on the kid.
What type of activities are you doing on a daily basis and for how long.
Would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, ideas.
**A Blog sure would be nice on the daily life with a toddler **hint to any wonderful writers. :-)
I am a stay at home mom with a 22 month old son and we live in the midwest too. I know that feeling of keeping your child busy. My son likes to clean the house with me, I got him a child size broom and mop at Toys R Us. He helps me clean and he helps dirty it up again...lol. When he was 15 months old we had this bouncer that had a frog on it and we put him in it and he would jump for an hour straight screaming for joy. I noticed he liked it when I cooked or clean he would watch me in amazement. He has a small bucket of pots and spoons in the kitchen so he can play and make lots and lots of music with. I also did have an empty large box for him to play with and that was fun watching. There were times where I was too tired to intertain him, so I would give him books or his blocks inside his big box and he would be content.
Elmo became our best friend and so did Thomas the Train. Those are the only two shows we watch on tv but I did watch Baby Einstein with him and he liked the pictures and sounds. Music is another thing that I always have going. Diffentent types of music help their moods and what you are doing.
I do not take much time for myself, I am horrible at that. I just focus on the house and our son. I have lived in the midwest for almost 3 years and have not made many friends. I would recommend that you take time for yourself or you will feel burnt out.
I hope this information has helped out a little.
My son is 2.5 and our day is pretty routine. We wake up and I get him a drink, then I make myself some coffee before I make him breakfast. While I am cooking he watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Then we sit down at the table and eat. Then he plays while I clean the kitchen up after breakfast. We play around for a couple hours before lunch time. After lunch it's a little bit more playing before nap time. Then I get to relax a bit and watch some TV and do a little bit of working out. After Nap time My son likes to help with some chores like vacuuming or sweeping. Then depending on the day, I either have class or work so he spends time with Grandma. Then it's bath time, story time, then bed time.
During the weekend we might go shopping or to an indoor kids play place being it's way to cold to stay outside to long. I do bundle him up to go play on our swing set normally after lunch, if it's nice outside. We are working on potty training and I believe we almost have it. Yesterday was the first day he got up from his nap to go peepee in the potty verses wetting his bed, yay.
I have a just turned 4 year old and a 19 month old and I watch a 15 month old in the mornings as well so we have 2 toddlers and a preschooler. My 2 sleep from 9 pm to 9 am every day and when the 15 month comes over at 7am she goes right down for the rest of her nighttime sleep as well. I get them all up at 9am and they all have breakfast then get down to play together. We read a lot of books, watch Winnie the Pooh and Andy Griffith often, play the piano together (quite a racket!), play with toys. I ask the younger ones where all their body parts are and we sing a lot of songs - especially the ABC's. At 11am the younger 2 go down for their hour long nap and my 4 year old and I have 'school.' She's learned all of her alphabet upper and lower case, is learning special sounds and does a great job with reading small words. She can count to 60 and can recognize most numbers up to 100. At 12:15 the younger ones get up and we go eat lunch with daddy. After that I only have my two. We come home and clean up the house a little. They both help me 'dry' dishes and 'fold' laundry, 'wash' and 'sweep' the floor. My 4 year old is really good at all of these things but the 19 month old is learning and loves to help. We do a lot of the same thing every day but once in a while I take them out to the mall where there is a great play place. We also go grocery shopping in the afternoons normally once a week. They both go down for a 2 hour nap at 3 and then we all have supper when they get up. After supper we clean up the kitchen together and they get a bath 3 times a week. In the evenings sometimes my hubby, their daddy, plays with them so I can work on my sewing or something. Otherwise we do the same things I've already metioned. Blocks are a huge hit at our house. They can keep the girls occupied forever! Simple things like laundry baskets and boxes make the best toys too.
Entertaining a child does not mean that you will be playing with them the whole time - it simply means interacting with them no matter what you are doing. I know what it's like to live in the Midwest - been there done that and am loving the Southeast! It is do-able. We raised our 4 year old there until she was 3 1/2. We had a basement and put a swing downstairs as well as a childs tent so she could play while I worked on laundry. She had a kitchen in our kitchen so she could 'help' cook and we did a TON of reading and coloring. That helped so much to advance her to her learning ablility and creativity level that she's at today. Hope this helps.
oh yes - i forgot about "helping" with chores. he loves to sort the silverware from the diswasher and load and start the washer and dryer. ha. get the help while you can! :)
Thank You all so much, your feedback really helps.
my son is 25 mo old. our schedule kind of depends on the day. every other monday morning we go to a playgroup. then on other mondays and every wednesdays we go to the gym in the morning. he goes to child care (he loves the gals in charge and it's nice to get him around other kids) while i do cardio and yoga class (much needed ME time!). tuesday and thursday mornings he has swim lessons and friday mornings he has gymnastics. in the summer we don't typically do the gymnastics because he's able to get out and play on the playgrounds in the area, but we definitely do every session in the winter. our Y has classes that start at 12 mo. he's just getting ready to move up to the "on his own in the pool" classes, but up until yesterday we were doing water babies which was a "mommy and me" structure. in addition to those places we also go to story time at the library and used to do musikgarten classes at the arts center, but are waiting for a replacement teacher since the old one retired. :(
after those classes we sometimes run an errand or two (like today after the gym we went to the post office and picked up stamps) then we come home, do lunch, nap (usually from about 12:30-3 or so), then usually some kind of activity in the afternoon before dad gets home - lately it's been art or cooking (like the other day i cut out a christmas tree and he "decorated" it, and tomorrow we're going to decorate a gingerbread house that i built last night). we've also been doing errands in the afternoons, too - christmas shopping and stuff like that. so nice to not have to do that with the crowds on weekends!
in terms of TV, i'm pretty lax about him watching things. like right now he's on my lap watching "train" videos on youtube - shape train, number train, alphabet train, fruit train and color train. he just got up from his nap and requested them (he gets to watch them once a day) so before we hop in the shower (i need to get ready for a girls' night out get together tonight so he'll just shower with me before the sitter gets here) we're watching those. i'm pretty picky about what he watches, but i know he watches more than is "recommended". if the TVs on when he's up its on either PBS or Sprout. he likes pretty much all the main PBS shows - clifford, word world, cat in the hat, super why, dinosaur train, curious george, sid the science kid, wild kratts and sesame street. then on Sprout that's mainly for thomas, but he does like the berenstain bears, too. now, he doesn't watch all of these shows every day by any means. this morning before we went to the gym he saw part of clifford, curious george, cat in the hat and super why. he was eating breakfast, playing with toys and getting ready to go, though, so he never just sits and stares at the TV, know what i mean? then today when i was fixing his lunch he watched the "Abby's Flying Fairy School" part of SS and that was it. so he gets bits and pieces of those shows here and there and we try to make sure we're being as interactive as possible (he loves yelling out the letters on super why - stuff like that). so i'm of the mind that as long as you're not using TV as a babysitter all day every day (though i think we all do it occasionally or we'd never get some things done!) and you make it as interactive as possible i see no issue with some TV. in fact, i really think shows like super why and sesame street have help reinforce the work we do with things like letters, numbers, shapes and colors.
i'd also suggest getting on pinterest if you're not already. if you're not, you can request an invite and get one within a few minutes. then once you're on there search for toddler activities and you'll be innundated with ideas for games, crafts, projects, learning opportunities, etc. i've found a lot of great things from that site - especially now that the "inside" months are coming!
Wow, this is a great question. I ask myself it sometimes, like those moments where I am like what to do next? My baby, Theo, is 101/2 months and very active. He started walking when he was around 8 months and now really has the hang of it. It's cold here now and will stay that way for 5 months. My day looks like a lot of the peoples' days I see here. We get up about 7, and my husband often get.s up first with theo and gives him a snack or breakfast and plays around 5 or 6 b4 he goes to work Theo eats 3 meals in his highchair and has snacks and milk in between. he takes two naps one around 9 and one around 3. It is hard to get "me time" What I began doing is going on an outing after lunch either a walk with his wagon while he's bundled up or a trip out to a store or visit, timing it so he sleeps in his carseat on the way home. I use guidelines of Attachment Parenting so I cosleep the baby for his morning nap. At this time he sleeps in my arms and I catch up on the show "Mad Men" on netflix, text with my BFF, drink coffee and actually funny you mentioned it because i am a writer, I write in my binder. Otherwise for me time I go to a class twice monthly and my husband chills with Theo. During the day I get chores done like laundry and dishes. THe best way is to do dishes while Theo's in his highchair and let him empty a kitchen drawer or play music and play with him @ same time. I also hold him and let him help "rinse" the dishes. I fold laundry while he plays with books, toys like little thing to push with wheels and legos. Um he watches Sesame Street and really seems into it. He watches that in the playpen so I can take a 5 minute shower. I eat lunch while he eats lunch. The best is getting together with my good friend who has children because we play with her buncha kids and my one and get to talk and visit. It's very hard some days and I miss going out to a job out at work but I know how you feel. I have also joined my church play group and the YMCA which has a childwatch program while you work out. Some days I neglect myself and all housework and just play silly chasing, tickling and peekaboo games with the baby while in pjs and it's worth it.
My son is 15 1/2 months and we are going through a transition stage with him right now because my husband has started a new job and isn't home all the time with him and I am for a few weeks until school starts back. So, I get to be a stay-at-home mommy again! How I have missed it!! Anyway, today was my first day back on the job, and so far this is what we have done. We woke up and ate breakfast, then I let him play by himself for a few minutes while I picked up the house and started a load of laundry. We have intermittently played together or apart. If he comes to me wanting to play I go with him and play with blocks or some of his toys, but when it is time for me to get up and go do another load of laundry or answer the phone or cook lunch, he has been pretty good about letting me do it. Sometimes it upsets him, but other times he just keeps on playing. I really need a nap, though, and kind of wish that he would want one but so far he hasn't seemed to have any interest. This is so off topic, but I am so jealous. When my husband stays home with him, they sleep until at least 7:30/8:00 (yesterday it was 9:15 AM when I got home and they were STILL sleeping!!).. AND then they take a nap around 10/11 every day, almost no exceptions. On my first day on break from school, the baby wants to get up at 6:30!! AND hasn't taken a nap today!!! It's already 12:45!! BUT, I digress. Today, he has pretty much set the schedule. I have done the things that I need to do, and I wanted to eat at noon, so I started cooking in time for us to do that. Otherwise, it's mostly been a day of play, sometimes together, sometimes not.