Keeping One Year Old Occupied

Ann - posted on 04/12/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born on April 2, 2010. She is the light of my life, obviously. I was wondering how you all keep your one year old occupied when you have things to do around the house. There are times that I work from home and could be on the computer for 6 hours straight. I am afraid that I leave her in front of the television too often. She is very happy, very healthy and seems to be on track - she walks, she feeds herself, she sings, she "reads" her books and says all the one-year old words. She seems content when I am busy, but a nosey-body friend mentioned that I do not pay enough attention to her at times and now I am feeling guilty. I think she is fine, but am reaching out for some feedback - how do you keep a one year occupied when you cannot play with them twenty-four hours a day?

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Bobbie - posted on 05/19/2011

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I make sure we do a lot of 'activities' like finger painting so that when we're not in the middle of something he rather enjoys having some alone time to do his own thing.

Samantha - posted on 05/12/2011

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My sons always wanted to sit in my lap and watch Glee with me or rather anything for that matter. There have been times when he would sit on my lap for 20 minutes then get up to play. Most of the time if I had my laptop with me I would just sit it next to me and type one handed. I would have told that nosey-body friend to mind their own, if it happened to me.

Charity - posted on 04/20/2011

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We can't all be perfect all the time like your friend ;) Some of us have things to do and other children to care for.

Charity - posted on 04/20/2011

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When I have things to do like laundry and cleaning I just make sure my son is in a safe place to play away from anything harmful and he plays with his toys...he loves all of the riding toys...he has a very independant attitude though a lot of the time he wants down to just explore his surroundings. As long as she is safe and content I don't see a problem with just letting her be for a while.

Liz - posted on 04/12/2011

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If u went to work everyday like most of us do she wouldn't be seeing u at all. At least she sees u often whether u r giving her ur full attention or not. She sounds healthy. Just try to get some new toys or bring out old ones every now and then. Can she color yet? Or get her some interactive toys? I know how it is..they get bored easy and usually just want to play with stuff other than their toys. I agree with working while napping which should be about 2 hours. So then she just has 4 hours to entertain herself. Good luck

Ann - posted on 04/12/2011

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Thank you, Louise. We do socialize with other children and other Moms and she is quite socialable. The children are a little older, but she enjoys playing with them and plays well. Now that the weather is getting nicer I plan on getting her out a great deal more. Thanks for the good idea.

Louise - posted on 04/12/2011

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She should be socialising at least once a week with a mums and tots group to interact with other children her own age. This gives her time out of the norm and gives her more life experience. Try and time your computer time with her lunch time nap so that you can share more time with her. If she is happy and healthy don't worry to much but one mums and tots would not harm. I take my daughter to three mums and tots as she is older and needs more stimulation. There will come a time when you will need to do this for your daughter but for now do what you think is best.

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