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Busy box for Toddler while Mom nurses newborn

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I think I'll also cross-post this in Life with a Babe to cover my bases.

 

I'm looking for ideas for special toys and activities to go into a box/basket that I'll take out for my 2.5 yo (he'll be almost 3 when DD arrives) when the new baby is inevitably attached to the boob frequently and for long periods of time. 

 

I've accepted the fact that DS will probably end up watching a bit more TV than the 1/2 hour to an hour he watches every couple of days and I've made provisions for that (we don't do actual TV because of the commercials, so I'm just buying/downloading a few select shows that I find acceptable. 

 

 

Anyway, if there was anything that your toddler enjoyed while you were nursing your babe that was a special treat for nursing time, I'd love to hear about it!

 

Thanks as always. winky.gif

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Ooh I'm subbing! DD will be 28 months when lil sib arrives and I need ideas too!

Here's a thread with some good ideas and links to start with:

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1343656/lets-list-good-ways-to-keep-3-4-year-olds-busy-indoors#post_17260264
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Definitely search Pinterest if you haven't already.  I actually just did a search for this the other day, and there were many good ideas.  We're not expecting, but my DD is lousy at independent play.  I can get a few minutes out of her is something is "new."  She never plays with any of her toys, so I'm starting to just package them up into little bags instead. 

 

*One idea I found and really like was making a bunch of Mr. Potato Heads, printing photos of them, and then packing them up with the Potato Head stuff and having your child match the photos. 

* Lacing cards are a big hit for my DD (the laces especially).  The Melissa and Doug animal ones are cute. 

* My DD loves playing with my little kitchen scale.  That will usually keep her busy for a while.

* I drew hands and feet on pieces of cardboard.  My DD places them and then tries to place her hands and feet on them.  They do something similar at her gymnastics class to teach the kids how to cartwheel. 

 

If I think of any more, I'll add them.  Until then, I'll be reading for more ideas!

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I second pintrest - if you've got any spare hardware laying around or hit up the dollar store or some other cheapo place (or home depot clerarance) for door knobs, faucet handles and other things that can be screwed onto a board.  I'm in the process of putting one together for my 15mo DD just to keep her occupied without getting into trouble, if I finish it anytime soon I'll try and remember to take a pic and post it.

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Originally Posted by newmamalizzy View Post

Definitely search Pinterest if you haven't already.  I actually just did a search for this the other day, and there were many good ideas.  We're not expecting, but my DD is lousy at independent play.  I can get a few minutes out of her is something is "new."  She never plays with any of her toys, so I'm starting to just package them up into little bags instead. 

 

*One idea I found and really like was making a bunch of Mr. Potato Heads, printing photos of them, and then packing them up with the Potato Head stuff and having your child match the photos. 

* Lacing cards are a big hit for my DD (the laces especially).  The Melissa and Doug animal ones are cute. 

* My DD loves playing with my little kitchen scale.  That will usually keep her busy for a while.

* I drew hands and feet on pieces of cardboard.  My DD places them and then tries to place her hands and feet on them.  They do something similar at her gymnastics class to teach the kids how to cartwheel. 

 

If I think of any more, I'll add them.  Until then, I'll be reading for more ideas!

DS would definitely dig the Mr Potato head thing! That's a great idea. I did something similar with these wooden shapes he has from this melissa and doug puzzle pattern block set . Kind of like tangrams- I made pictures of things and patterns using the outlines of the shapes and he fits the shapes to match the pictures and DS LOVES it. It takes a while for me to come up with the pictures though so I only have about 8 or 9 so far.

I'll look for some lacing cards or try to make some.

DS loves my kitchen scale too! lol.

 

And yes, pinterest is a treasure trove... I wish I had more time to sift through it all.

 

Thanks! 

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