What is the best sport or activity for a highly active 2 year-old girl?

Kaneisha - posted on 07/15/2013 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been bouncing off of everything literally, she acts like a boy. Being that it's the summertime the weather isn't good for her allergies so I rarely take her out. Now I know when u keep a child in the house once they go out they act like animals but it's another thing to do it all day with no nap and expect to be up way pass bedtime!! So I was thinking to put her in an activity where she can blow some of that energy off, but idk what because she's kind of out of the age group for most things

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Kerre - posted on 07/21/2013

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Your daughter needs to go outside and run around. I'm sorry but find an allergist that will treat, not hide, your daughter's allergies. It's my belief that we put too much of an emphasis on cleanliness - kids need to "eat dirt" once in a while to strengthen their immune system. I had shots for years and got older and I'm pretty much allergy free. I had citrus, dairy, chocolate, and corn allergies and outdoor as well. In 1980, we were the first house on the block with central air b/c of my grass allergies but I still went outside and played.

Elana - posted on 07/21/2013

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My son is adhd,but any child can use routine,bath time use lavender sleep bath by johnson and johnson very soothing,fruits and vegetables until routine is solid. Outside food sweets as rewards. Proper sleep is key when having hyperness.

Lyndsay - posted on 07/19/2013

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I just thought of something else nearby. We are members of the Bucks' County Children's Museum in New Hope, PA. It was only $70 for the year and it's a small enough space that my kids can pretty much run free. They spend hours upon hours there.

Mommy - posted on 07/19/2013

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I'm from Long Branch, NJ...they have a place called Jungelriffic by me and they can run and play in there for hours. I also took my daughter to gymnastics, which she really liked.

Lyndsay - posted on 07/18/2013

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If you're in Trenton, you're not far from the College of NJ. They have a very large early childhood education department and might even have some relatively cheap activities. They also have a lot of open space where she can just run.

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Amy - posted on 07/22/2013

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All-star cheer is a fabulous sport for indoors. It combines dance, tumbling and lots of other activities to get her tuckered out. My girls started at age 2 and still live for the sport. It isn't the sideline cheer that people think of either- it is really a great sport.

Shaela - posted on 07/22/2013

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My 2 year old developed allergies this year. Instead of finding meds for her I tied essential oils. It works for me, my hubs, and my mom. I rubbed lemon, lavender ( a natural anti-hystemene), and peppermint on her feet a couple times a day or as needed. If her eyes get itchy I could rub a tiny amount over her eye brows. If her eats are itcy or plugged rub lavender behind and in frontbof her ears. The lemon can also be rubbed on her chest to help dry out the snot. If she can get out more in the back yard or to the park she will be able to blow off steam. Good luck, if you want more info I'd be glad to talk with you. Good luck, active kids and allergies can be rough.

Timora - posted on 07/22/2013

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I agree that it might be good to try another allergist. I don't know how far you can travel, but Dr Spitzer with Bucks County Allergy in Langhorne PA by the Oxford Valley Mall is wonderful. The Little Gym is also great - I just started taking my daughter there. If you're in Trenton you're also not far from a program called Kids Music Round - www.kidsmusicround.com The kids dance and sing through the whole class ages birth through 5. It's informal and backed by early childhood education research so it's educational for the kids as well. I teach and take my daughters and it's great! I absolutely love the program - music is a great gift to give your child. Also if you can go the Please Touch Museum in Philly and the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill are both wonderful. There's also a place called Bouncing Off the Walls in Levittown PA that's inexpensive and awesome as well. I know the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne and I think now the Quakerbridge Mall in Lawrenceville both have play areas for the kids. Library story times are great and a lot of Barnes and Noble stores have free craft and story times.

Lani - posted on 07/20/2013

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We have an indoor trampoline for our son, i think u can get at walmart or ebay. Also a great activity for children who are high energy is swimming, there are wading pools/splash pads all over. We cooped our son up too much and it almost always backfired, try to find activities you can do in any weather or google indoor playgroups in your area. Community centres are awesome resources to find out whats out there, as well as schools. I would also suggest slowly incorperating a routine for your day, getting up, eating drinking, sleeping, and an awesome quiet time&bedtime routine, ex bathtime, pjs, brush teeth,story&/song and then bed. 15-30 mins routine. And try to take her for a walk in a stroller if she fits to try to encourage a nap perhaps at noon or 3 depending upon when she gets up and goes to bed. If stroller doesnt work, take her for a morning outing with lots of activity to get some of that energy out so she can take in a nap during the day. If weathers not great a car or bus ride might help too to give her somewhat of a nap so shes not soo overtired by bedtime. Late at night all that energy is actually signs shes overtired(know from experience lol) best of luck 2 u! Sorry i also suggest most importantly treating the allergies by childrens benalyn or whatever helps,maybe google that too the best allergy relievers. Another thing you can do is make sure she has plenty of mental&fine motor skill&sensory stimulation during the day, u can find so many activites online u can do at home, pinterest is awesome, u can do crafts,finger painting, playdough,dress up, playing pretend, endless possibilities!

Terri - posted on 07/20/2013

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I agree with, Evelyn and Sara. Gymnastics is a great activity for active children. My daughter is 15-years-old now, but she has always been very active. I had her in every activity that I could think of. She was in gymnastics, ballet, tap, and swimming. As she got a little bit older, I put her in basketball, piano, trumpet, gymnastics again, and running activities, like track & field. I also kept her busy reading, playing board games, art or other forms of learning activities. I found that as long as she was busy doing something that maintained her interest, she was fine. Good luck!

Felicia - posted on 07/20/2013

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Gymnastics I was a tom boy when I was little high energy as well and I could not wait to go to gymnastics class or u could do swimming lessons if she likes water

Suzanne - posted on 07/18/2013

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I would suggest gymnastics if you need an indoor activity. Swimming is also something that has worked for our kiddo with allergies indoors or outside. Running in a sprinkler may work too. Good luck!

Kaneisha - posted on 07/18/2013

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@kelly you know those all sound like good ideas, i live in trenton nj so a bunch of our libraries are closed or too far away, there is an indoor toddler arcade for $9.5 i'll just take her there until the dance classes start. :-) thank you all had good ideas

Stephanie - posted on 07/18/2013

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My son had a blast at "The Little Gym." It's tumbling for little kids, some gymnastics.

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She's only 2 years old, you can't have tried all of the seasonal allergy treatments out there. If your doc told you there is nothing more you can do, definitely get a second opinion. If they've tried it all and she's only 2 years, they are obviously not trying the specific treatments long enough, or not up to date on the range of treatments available.

Aside from that, explore indoor activities. Most of the gymnastics and dance classes here start at 1 year old, and swim lessons start as early as infanthood (just make sure it's an indoor pool if her allergies are making her suffer). Also, get a season pass to places like Monkey Joes, Pump It Up, or Jump Zone. We also have an indoor jungle gym, but it's not a national chain so I don't know if you have something like that near you. It's like $8/day or you can buy a whole year for less than $100. That way you will have something inside to do on days she doesn't have classes. Our library also has story times that include music and dance twice a week. I actually live close to 3 different libraries, so we have a story time every day to pick from. Book stores often hold them as well, and they are inside.

Ariana - posted on 07/18/2013

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Swimming is really good because it uses their whole body, and you can go for lessons and go just for free swims etc. when you have time.

Gymnastics is a good one so that she can practice at home.

Sara - posted on 07/18/2013

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Maybe get her to an allergist so you can treat her allergies instead of keeping her cooped up all day. My 3 yr old has seasonal allergies and they are very treatable.

When my kids were 2 they both did a "pre-sports" class, it was a different sport each day (2x week), t-ball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, etc. They loved it!

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