I feel like I always want to get my 25 month old new toys. And then I feel like I buy too many and sepnd too much money on them! We try rotating them- but after a few months of playing with them, I start to feel like he needs new ones. So I spend the money and get excited and they are fun for a while and then get boring and I am in the same place with it again. I am there right now- thinking I need new toys.
I think some of it is because I don't get him to play with other toddlers as much as I think he needs to. I try, I make effort- but sometimes it doesn't happen as often as I want it to. So then I wonder if he gets- not bored, but understimulated.
I have an ideal of how I would like our days to be- every day going to a park and meeting up with lots of other kids- but our reality is the only park around here is a school park so we only can go in afternoons (or in summer I guess we will). We have a few toddler friendly activities in the week but not every day. We interact with other people on some level eveyr day, but with other kids in kid friendly things maybe 3 days a week. (2 of which require a 20 minute drive each way)
I am reaching out to other parents of toddlers and starting to try to connect more., But the reality is that some days, like today- it is me and my toddler- just trying to get through the day and have fun. and we may not see other kids. So then I feel like I need him to have lots of new toys. I don't know of a good selection of thrift store toys where I am so I tend to get new ones off of amazon and it does add up. I am always feeling like- oh, he needs this and that and that.
So how often do you get new toys for your toddler?
Does your toddler play with other kids most days?
do you think a 2 yr old can be happy just hanging around with mom a lot of the time?
Edited by Snapdragon - 4/30/12 at 8:23pm