Things to do inside during the winter

Marianne - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm new to this so I'm not sure if anyone has posted anything like this. I'm just wondering if anyone has any fun suggestions for creative things to do inside during the winter. We got so used to playing outside during the summer and fall that I hope we can remember how to play inside during the winter!

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Lacey - posted on 11/19/2008

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Jessiah, Thanks for the feedback! I live close to Canada, but not quite there ;0) I'm a Minnesota momma. We don't have much available at all here. No parent connections groups. We do have a program called ECFE which is Early Childhood and Family Education. It's basically a mommy and me class that meets once a week. We just started going, so I'm really hoping to make a connection with another mom! Aylah, my daughter, is so happy when we are out and about...lol, but we can only go to the grocery store so many times!! I used to be very active and involved in a lot of stuff. Although, I would not give up being a stay at home mom for anything, it certainly is an adjustment! I will reconsider my stance against taking her to the pool though. Thanks for the support!

Jessiah - posted on 11/19/2008

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Lacey, I'm from a small town too. And i found it VERY hard to find friends. i also joined swimming and that's how i found the group of moms i have playdates with. I soooo feel your delema about the chlorine, i felt the same way. What i do is make sure she's wet before getting into the pool (stopping skin or hair absorbtion of the pool water) then as soon as we get out i rinse her off in the pool shower. When we get home, my daughter and i get into the shower and I soap her down adn rinse her good. Then i put lotion on her and put her to bed and she has such a nice sleep. It's worth it to me because it feels so good to get out and she learns a lot from playing with other kids. Are you from the US or Canada? I'm in canada and here almost every small town has a Parent Link Centre that has lots of things to do in the winter with other moms and kids. Whatever you do, get yourself oput there! YOU need it!! Remember happy mommies make happy babies.

Lacey - posted on 11/19/2008

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I've been looking for activities that I can meet people to make play dates with. I live in a smaller town, and there aren't many opportunities to meet other moms. It's actually my home town. I left for college, and came back because my husband got a job here. All my friends have left, so I really don't know anyone around here anymore. They don't start story time at the library until kids are 2-3. I've thought about taking her to swimming, but I'm worried about exposing her to all that chlorine before she's at least a year old. Do you feel that is an unfounded fear? I'm not so worried about germs, because I think children need to be around some in order to build their immune system. I'm more worried about too many chemicals. Thoughts on it?

Jaime - posted on 11/19/2008

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When your kids are younger, it is definitely A LOT harder. We signed my son up for a weekly swim class (a bit of a joke at that age, but it was good for me to get out, as well as him!). I actually made friends that I now have play dates with because of that class - it seems moms of babies that age are just starting to get out of the house and need to get social. So try that and also we signed my son up for story time at the local library, another great place to meet future play date moms and kids. I still take my son to story time for his age. He LOVES it!

Jessiah - posted on 11/19/2008

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My daughter is almost 10 months old and we live in Alberta canada so we're going to be inside most of the winter. I find that play dates are realy important. I have a little group of moms and we all get together once a week and alternate homes. This way you're sometimes getting out and sometimes learning to share your toys.

Lacey - posted on 11/19/2008

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I'm with you on not knowing what to do! My daughter is about 10 1/2 months old, and gets bored easily. I have NO idea how we are going to get through this winter. It's not like we can take out the coloring books or anything yet. I definitely could use some inspiration too!

Jaime - posted on 11/19/2008

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Don't remind me! I am right there with you! One thing to do is collect boxes and build playhouses, etc out of them. Cut holes for windows, paint and decorate them, etc. Here's a fun wibesite to check: http://www.mrmcgroovys.com. Also - my 2 1/2 year old is just starting to get into crafts so here's a fun website for those: www.familyfun.com or here's the link to the craft part of the site: http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/... - this is run by Disney so it's really great! Also, if your daughter's old enough, a scavenger hunt or we like to build forts or play with playdough. I also let him "swim" in the bathtub if we're really bored. I hope this helps! Good luck!

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