Winter months are killer... How do I keep away cabin fever?

Cecilia - posted on 01/27/2013 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I need activities I can do with a 2 year old. Scheduling has been nasty and I haven't been able to even go get more coloring books lately.

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Gena - posted on 02/13/2013

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I bake bread with my 2yr old he loves it eventhough it gets a bit messy.He helps me add water to the flour and may mix with a big spoon. Its fun!

Elfrieda - posted on 02/13/2013

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Try an obstacle course. I did this with my 3 y.o. son the other day when he was going crazy with the grumps. We ran around the house (kitchen-living room-dining room-kitchen) and first loop jump over a block. Next loop jump over a block, stop to throw a ball into a box, next loop jump over the block, throw the ball, step up and down the stair, etc. Just keep adding a new thing every couple of loops until she gets sick of it. Turns out it's good exercise, I felt better afterwards, too!

Ana - posted on 02/12/2013

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Like I haven't said enough...lol...

Video games, my daughter loves Zumba! She dances and shakes and burns up her little baby energy right along with me!

And playing the Wii...I like tennis and she likes super mario!

Ana - posted on 02/12/2013

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Wow, thought it was just me!

I have a newborn (1mth old) and a toddler (32months old), and I just went out on an experiment to see what's it's like with 2 kids vs 1 out on the town, trial 1 was a part success, my daughter jumped out of the double stroller as soon as I had the infant carrier detached and in my hands and she was running though the parked cars in the parking lot, as my brain screeched, I realized that my baby was still in my hands as I screamed my daughters name....straight diaster....lesson # 1 = strap in toddler at all times if there is a strap avaliable...

Trial 2, we went to the outlet mall (on the coldest day in the world it felt like), and my infant had the poops! Toddler was fine, but we kept having to stop to burp the baby, feed the baby, change the baby....bathrooms seemed very far away with a screaming infant....to make matters worse my husband turned into a baby on me...I asked him to map out where the next store was, and he did, in the wrong direction, (still very cold out) all I could do was breathe....and hold my baby.. who was dressed like a eskimo, and bundled up like a famous baby to be hidden...I asked him to find me coffee stand so that I could get some hot water to sit the baby's bottle in to get it warm to comfort her, he tells me, there isn't one... he decides there is too much going on and we need to leave, as soon as we begin to walk away...there it was... the coffee stand, about 20feet away from the outside bathroom bench we had been sittin on for 20 minutes trying to console my infant....all I could do was breathe.....to keep from wanting to turn all the cars in the parking lot upside down like the hulk to show my dissappointment...lol...

I say all this to say that my cabin fever was addressed, and now I wanna stay in until my baby turns 2months old! Maybe even 20 years old.

And just a quick note: I take my daughter to her cousins house to play (32month old), I also take her to the mall to walk even if we don't need anything or buy anything, I'm getting ready to sign her up for dance and tumbling classes 2 times a week, and when it warms up, she will be at the park in the afternoons....at home to keep her busy, I just make a little sked for her, wake up, eat, watch tv for a while, pick up toys, turn tv off, have snack, take walk in neighborhood, come in take nap, wake up watch tv, color or music, then dad's home...no more sked...(she looses focus when fun daddy comes around anyway)...happy baby rasing!

Ami - posted on 01/31/2013

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I am so thankful to all of you for your suggestions, we are suffering cabin fever really bad! Thank you each and everyone of you!

Cecilia - posted on 01/31/2013

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Thanks Kayla, we have about 6-8 costumes right now. I still have to make an alice in wonderland costume since that is her favorite movie right now.I like the tape idea. I'll look up the videos. I'm sure she will have fun with that. Yes she loves to "help" Laundry days she puts laundry into the washer and hits the start button for me. she rinses dishes for me ( okay the water is running and she plays in it),she'll take a sponge and clean the front of the fridge, and microwave when i'm working on cooking. I tried to get her to play once upon a monster for the xbox but she doesn't get it yet. She does like playing connectimals though. I have an xbox because i also have teens, not for her lol.

Kayla - posted on 01/31/2013

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A fun game to play is to get that green tape (that you put on walls while you are painting) (It's not too sticky) Put it on the floor in squares and tell her she has to only jump from one square to the other, she can't step in any areas except in the squares, and you can play with her. It is also good to learn counting, as she can count them as she goes. I did this with my son and daughter, and they are 1 and 3 years old, they love it. They pretend that the floor is lava and the squares are safe spots lol Also, get her to help you organize cupboards, clean, or fold laundry. Kids love to "help". Since you sew, you could try making a trunk full of costumes and play dress up, my daughter loves that. Also, we like to look up dancing videos online, then we do all the moves together! It is so much fun, a great work out for mom, and the kids burn energy, and they look so cute following all the moves! I live in a place that it pretty much snowy and cold for 8 months of the year, and we don't have a lot of spending money, so I have to get creative!

Cecilia - posted on 01/30/2013

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I will admit that we have watched so much TV lately it's insane feeling. I think i've seen/ listened to the little mermaid 4 times this week, alice and wonderland at least 3 times( and its Wednesday.) I'm just low on ideas. Thinking tomorrow i'll make some play-doh with her. That should keep us busy for a few hours.

Bonnie - posted on 01/30/2013

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U seem to be really creative and where I was living before I would waste gas just to drive around town get out of the house I can't to that now I don't I have a car I walked with my son to the park here it was cold this town is like a ghosts town but the people I do see walk by the park look at me like I'm crazy for bein there I just have to fetal my son and myself out of the house or I gonuts I was bring 35 cent boards at Wal-Mart for him to draw on but like u need new ideas also it's a struggle I feeling deppress I hate winter I live for bein outside

Cecilia - posted on 01/30/2013

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Few days ago I went to walmart the other day and bought plain cardboard boxes. (they only ran about $0.75 each) We're now coloring and building a princess castle. She colors, i build :)

Last year she was small enough so i would just throw a blanket over her and just go do things. Now she's older and wouldn't allow such silliness. I'm so worried about her getting too cold or sick. We just prefer to be outdoors. In the summer, if we're inside we're either cleaning or sleeping. I don't even bother to go in to cook half the time. Most people in my town thinks i'm crazy because i'm always walking everywhere. It's 3 miles from town to walmart and i walk it with the baby sometimes 4 times a week. People always ask me why i do that if i don't have to... people are just so lazy lol.

Bonnie - posted on 01/30/2013

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I get ya my son dost
Get hide and seek either I just moved to Alaska I have bad cabin fever I don't know I look up ideas online for my son things to but it only keeps home busy for solong it seem even the lil ones get cabin fever

Cecilia - posted on 01/28/2013

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she's two so she doesn't understand hide and go seek. We are almost out of coloring books.. we started to pain cardboard boxes lol. We read all the time though. I try to avoid the TV as much as possible. And we do chores together. She also "helps" me sew. It's just the routine needs something different.

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