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#1 of 6 Old 07-12-2014, 09:05 AM - Thread Starter
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suggestions, please! mobility/exercise (?!) toys for 15-month-old

I'd like to purchase an indoor mobility or exercise toy (not sure what to call it!) for my 15-month-old. I was thinking of a swing to hang from a door frame, but I'd really like to have something that she can use on her own, without me needing to help her in/out and push her around. When we are indoors, I want her to have the option of being active if she feels like it.

She has a little pushcart which she uses sometimes -- but she'd rather sit in it and be pushed than push it around! One friend has suggested a small trampoline. Any other ideas out there?

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I will second the small trampoline. I don't recall if DD used it at 15 mo, but there are some that have a bar for kids to hold that would make it usable earlier. DD has loved hers from 2 to now 3, and I use it for exercise myself.
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We have a little plastic slippery dip which could be used inside. Also, those pop-up tunnels can be fun for little kids to crawl through and hide in.

Or what about a dolls pram to push her babies around in?
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I've always had a little plastic Little Tikes/Step 2 climber in the house for the kids. When my first batch of kids were small, we had an entire active room--big climber with a wading pool at the bottom (filled with ballpit balls), mini-trampoline, etc. Now with our new little guy (also 15 months), we have a Step 2 Kangaroo Climber next to the couch in the living room. I like that particular model because it has a slide, a half-door, platform and sides that they can climb up. DS LOVES it and climbs all over it.

We also have a Radio Flyer push wagon and trike.

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You don't mention if you're dealing with any motor delays, but if you are, look at the category OT on pinterest. Otherwise, things that have worked well for me after 12 months (at encouraging gross motor play/movement) that didn't cost hardly anything:

Climbing: small cardboard boxes stuff with newspaper to climb on, couch cushions

Crawling: large ridiculous pillows/stuffed animals/couch cushions (from the thrifstore/yardsales/free on the side of the road)

Novel terrain: parks, playgrounds, municipal buildings where there's lots of steps and things with different heights to negotiate. Good workout.

Push toys/Rolling toys: Encourages a lot of skills related to prewalking/walking

Swings/hammocks/etc (see DIY swings, therapy swings, etc instructions on the internet )

Exercise balls, big balls
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My DD's fave thing to throw and chase around the room is an old-school rubber ball. Simple toys are the best! She also gets a lot of exercise moving things from one place to another, whatever they are. Her favorite is taking all her cloth diapers and putting them in her toy bin. She runs back and forth across the room till the job is done, then reverses. It's so funny to watch! Is it possible your kid is already plenty mobile on her own? Or is she really just a sit in one spot and poke at things kind of kid?

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