Originally Posted by tracyamber
yep, i think from all the responses that every baby is different.
my little guy will be 2 in one month and i wore him in the ergo and gemini and he's the love of my life and maybe i missed a point in development......did i spend too much time with him?? maybe at 16 months i should have demanded that he play all by himself...humm. i'm probably going to have to be resolved soon. i just put him down for a nap and have to take a shower,chop vegetables for dinner and respond to another post.....all in an hour ;(
I can definitely relate. My DS is a few months shy of 3 years, and only recently (as in the past few weeks) has he started playing on his own. It can be so draining to try to get something done and also interact/entertain/keep an eye on your little one! Like the other mamas have said, I think each child is different-- I don't really believe that it's something you can teach your child or something you can demand of him/her.
A few activities/toys that work for us (they may still be too "old" for your LO):
Play-doh- my DS will play with play-doh or modeling clay for longer than any other toy. I give him a butter knife and some other "tools" and let him go at it.
Bucket of water and measuring cups/spoons of various sizes- It means you have a very wet kitchen floor afterwards, but I just dry it up with a towel (and then I can even say I mopped :)
Bathtime- I can't get much done, but it gives me a chance just to chill. I have a cup of tea and sometimes even leaf through a magazine.
Ok, that's not a very long list-- sorry! I'm still pretty much in the same boat-- trying desperately to encourage some solo-play. I'm going to look into books on CD or sing along CDs for my DS, so I don't resort to letting him watch videos-- again, probably too old for a 2 year old, but maybe worth a try!
Good luck mama!