any ideas for at home activites for a non walking 12 month old?

Rebecca - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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we currently read books, play with toys and blocks, play on swing and in toy car, jolly jumper, go for walks - then I tend to run out of ideas for the day. He doenst crawl or walk so must get bored just stting and playing - (although he doesnt appear to worry)
what do kids this age do at day care facilities?

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I agree with the others. Maybe try putting a few toys just out of his reach and if he keeps trying to yell for you to get them maybe walk out of the room just enough to watch him. Personally if he was a premie and he's right on track for gestation age then I wouldn't worry to much. He'll do his thing when he's ready and watch out when he does lol!

Kathy - posted on 05/11/2010

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Yep, stop entertaining him, he needs to play on he's own.. he'll trush the place but the upside is he'll be more independant... so you might get do something you need to do... also take him to a play group and see what be gets up to, it may be that the toys you have he has out grown..

Rebecca - posted on 05/11/2010

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kelley -he is actually a prem baby. He talks and bum shuffles and tries to stand and walk, my plunket nurse said not be be surprised if he doesnt walk until 14 months or later. Im not worried about that aspect - he will walk when he wants to - there is nothing wrong with him. i just dont want him to be bored

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Most children are definietly cruising along on furniture, crawling, and several walk at this age. Two of the six we have didn't though. One instance was because my hubby's past relationship was really turning. Everything caused a fight. Even holding the baby. He was walking wabbly at 16 months. He was top heavy though, so balance was a big issue. He didn't really start running until almost 3 1/2. The second is, my step daughter was a "hip monkey" until she came to live w/ us at about 22 months old. She began cruising furniture at 18 months. She was really slow in the large motor skills until we got her. We immediately signed her up for therapies!

Both of these two were held back by their BM. All 3 of her children (whom I've been raising for almost 5 yrs) didn't talk until well after 2 yrs old. Two learned sign language first.

Talk to your doctor. Find local organizations that will do simple skills/development tests. There are organizations out there who will assist you in teaching your son.

I agree with Kristin - let him have some time on his own playing. I understand wanting to be a part of it all. If you give him space, he can show you how smart he is. And, if you don't want to have therapists, then the best thing is to simply let him show you how it is done. The three that I gave birth to - were showing others how it was done, because they were given space to learn it alone. Babies are very intelligent and love showing off. :)

Rebecca - posted on 05/11/2010

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thanks kristin , yeah he goes to a music group once a week and i have lots of friends with babies so try to visit them when i can.
Will put his toys further away from him now!

Kristin - posted on 05/11/2010

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Stop entertaining him all day, force him to do a bit for himself. Place stuff he likes to do a short crawl or cruise away, and let him get it himself. It will give him something new to work on.

As for what kids at daycare do, pretty much the same thing only with other kids around. You could try going to the library for story times or organizing a playgroup.

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