How often do you take your 1 year old out and about?

User - posted on 02/13/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )




Hey All!

i am finding my little lady increasingly difficult to entertain at home ... 1 hour seems so very long when you have to change room/activity every five mins!! Her attention span is so short!

I paint, sing songs, build forts, play hide and seek, fetch ... but it get sa bit much!

I try to take her out at least 3 times a week to a play house ... but it gets so busy there - the elder kids are all over the place - its a bit scary for her!

The days i do not take her out - she is bouncing off the walls. I still take her for a walk if weather permits - or to the mall for a quick errand - but not the same as a few hours at a play house!!!

So mums - how often do you take your baby out to play houses/groups/classes?



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When J was 1, we had activities 4 to 5 days a week, then weekends we were out as a family.

We did story time at the library and book store two days.The library had dancing, the book store had a craft.

We had a play date with a friend or small group of friends at least once or twice a week, so that he could interact on a more intimate level than in the big story time groups.

We had a Mommy & Me music class once a week.

Other times I would take him to the park or indoor play place. Those are crowded, but it is nice to let him run wild with other kids and no structure for a bit.

We also do the children's, Art, Science and History museums fairly often. At 1, he didn't really get much out of them, but the interactive displays were a lot of fun, and a lot of them are free :)


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Crystal - posted on 02/21/2012




Find a Moms club in your area -- its a national organization, so you should be able to find one in your area. they do play dates, field trips, etc with kids of all ages. she makes "friends" as well as you! Do you have a zoo nearby? or a baby gym class you can take through your local parks and rec? She's definitely in the stage of exploration, so you should try and get out as much as you can. :)

Tammy - posted on 02/21/2012




I never had this problem with my daughter where I had to constantly entertain her and I am always hearing and reading about this and I don't really understand. Is my baby the oddball in the bunch?

She has always played nicely by herself. I would give her some toys in her crib, or her playpen and she would just play. Or she would be in her jumperoo and bounce happily. Sometimes, she would even watch the telly. I would take her for a walk or to the mall/shopping maybe a couple times a week and she was a very happy problem-free baby.

She is now 3.5 and still very happy to play by herself. Though, now she also goes to preschool and has her activities, such as ballet, soccer, swimming, etc.

If you feel that you need to fill time for your 1 year old, there are baby classes offered at MyGyms and other private clubs, or at community centers, plus there are Mum & Me type swimming and play groups. My daughter started at age 1.5 at the MyGym play group (with me present of course) with one class and 3 free plays a week (all one hour sessions). Then she started in a swimming group at age 2 (with me on the sidelines) at our local kids gym.

We now only go to the MyGym for their "camps" during holiday breaks, to fill time when she's off school, but she's still in swimming! :)

Caylynne - posted on 02/16/2012




I don't take my daughter out to groups, but thats because I live in a tiny town. I am going to start taking her to the Library though, since they do a story time every tuesday. Other then that, I just take my daughter on walks, either in her stroller or let her walk herself. Both of which she enjoys more then anything.

Cathy - posted on 02/16/2012




When my son was 9 months old I signed him up at My Gym and I take him once a week . They play, sing and dance and its for an hour. Now that I am a stay at home mom( he is a year and a half ) I take him to different places all the time because he get so bored . He likes the Children's Museum so I take him there 3x a week or more. Its like a big play ground for him . Different things to do for all ages. Or sometimes to indoor Children play center . We usually stay for 2 to 3 hours. I always make sure that I get home before his nap time.

They have a nice cafeteria and you can either bring food or buy food so when we leave he won't be starving on the way home. Majority of the time he is so tired from playing so he falls asleep on the way home.

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On the nap thing, J would fall asleep easily in the car or his stroller. In fact, he slept better in the car, stroller, and swing than he ever did in his crib :P

As long as there was something going on that interested him, he was happy and didn't get cranky, then when he was tired, I would put him in the car and drive until he fell asleep.

I do try to avoid shopping when he might be sleepy. All shopping was done in the afternoon after his second nap.

Serree - posted on 02/15/2012




I have been taking my twins out at least once a week since they were 6 weeks old. They are now 2 and we do playdates, museums, zoo, aquarium, about twice a week in the morning and free play, arts and crafts, reading all other times. When it is warm we go for walk and the park every day.

Summer - posted on 02/15/2012




Montessori stresses letting kids play by themselves as much as possible. It builds indepence. I am nearby but them do their own thing too. If I'm sweeping I get out his broom or a bunch of bowls and leg him have at it. Our house is messy but we have a great time!

Tinker1987 - posted on 02/14/2012




Not as often as i would like,i dont drive so we tag along with my mom when she goes up town, he doesnt seem to like shopping much so its not useally much time spent in stores,and he naps like 1-3 so our afternoon is useually shot. in the summer we do more,were out walking more,parks when i get my license i plan to have him in a moms and tots group and take him swimming and stuff

Proud - posted on 02/14/2012




She goes with us grocery shopping on Wednesdays and to church with me on Saturdays.

Stifler's - posted on 02/14/2012




Just went out when they were awake. I'm not one to plan anything or he'd just miss a nap and go down later

Kaitlin - posted on 02/14/2012




HA! I hear that one. On the one hand- scheduled naps= happy camper, but on the other cooped up baby= unhappy camper!

Okay, so nap times used to be twice a day for the boys until they were about 15 months or so- that's about when we moved to 1 nap (though anywhere between age 1 and 1 1/2 naps were a little iffy for us). So, though we have always been on a schedule, we've found ways to do things. Classes did get avoided because of nap times, but when nap schedules changed we were able to go. When we went in the car, I did EVERYTHING not to let the fall asleep. (I mean everything safe, lol). I sang really sillly songs, made funny sounds, practiced 'saying' words (can you say MA MA MA MA?? etc). Before we left I would be sure they had something to entertain themselves with- we have car toys that don't come in the house, so it's a treat to play with them in the car- hand puppets, special board books they really like, etc.

We tried to go places that were only five or ten minutes away, tops. Because otherwise naps would be crazy or they fall asleep in the car. Maybe, if you can, adjust naps just a teeny bit if it works for you.

User - posted on 02/14/2012




Thank You !!!

For everyone who says they go out a lot - how did you manage in between naps?

Bella takes 2 naps a day for 1.5 hours each ... and she will only sleep at home in crib - otherwise fights it and is WAY overtired...

so finding classes that fit her timings - SO TOUGH!

how did you guys do it?

Stifler's - posted on 02/13/2012




Once to playgroup some days we go to the park. Logan was exactly like that and needed to run/slide off his energy. He plays outside a lot and I go out and spray him with the hose and now that renae is older they play together a bit.

Lydia - posted on 02/13/2012




in the summer we go everyday to the park and playground in the morning for 2-3 hours. sometimes even twice a day. winter whenever possible. now she's almost two so she plays nicely inside... or just tags along as I do chores. but last year was really hard in winter to keep her busy.

Kaitlin - posted on 02/13/2012




As often as we can! Sure, there are some days we stay in, especially when everyone is sick, but we try to get out at least twice a day (my boys nap at 11:30 until about 2). Grocery store, library, friend's house, etc. On Saturday or sunday nights I take a few minutes to plan our meals and our outings for the week, so I don't have to try to come up with things on the spot or go somewhere that won't work. Most local libraries have childrens programs for 1-2 year olds once or twice a week, and they usually have a play area for young children (different toys are always more fun) and sometimes we just play in the kiddie section for an hour.

Brittney - posted on 02/13/2012




My daughter is 16 months and I have never taken her to play houses, groups, or classes. I chase her around the room (her running me crawling), we play with her toys, color in coloring books, read stories, go for a walk to the park (15 minutes) and the library (45 minutes) if the weather is nice enough. We go to the zoo and spend all day running around there. She helps me clean up the house and/or cook foods.

You could set up play dates with other children around her age, put some of her toys away for when she doesn't want to play with anything else, run around outside at a park...just to name a few things.

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