What do you do with your baby all day?

Dana - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




I have a wonderful 14 month old little girl. Now that the rainy season is upon us, I'm wondering what I can do to entertain her. She just started to walk and loves to walk around the house and explore (it's all child proofed so I have no problem with that). But what else can I do? Is it okay to let her play by herself? For some reason I feel guilty when I'm not playing or socializing with her.


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Dana - posted on 11/07/2009




Thanks ladies! That really helps :-) I'm going to work on letting her play by herself more. I'm expecting #2 in May so I'm really going to need her to be able to entertain herself without Mommy! I didn't expect it to be so hard to let go in that aspect...Mommy guilt! I will get over it though especially if it's the best thing for her. I don't want her to depend on me competely for her fun.

TaraLynn - posted on 11/07/2009




Oh hunny, you'll be amazed at just how happy she is to have some 'me time' for herself. I have 18 month twins and a 6 month newborn.I never left my twins to play alone because I always felt so darn guilty.Well they had just weaned and got jealous when I nursed the new baby so I decided to try putting them in their room with the baby gate up. The first minute they realized what I did, they were furious. I sat down to feed the baby and heard....LAUGHING? I went and checked on them and yup!They were having a blast. Now that they have gotten used to the baby nursing, I don't have to gate them and they will still go down the hall to their room and play, sometimes by themselves and sometimes alone. Now when I need a shower, I can nap the baby and gate the twins and take 10 minutes knowing everyone is happy and safe and no one is neglected!

Holly - posted on 11/07/2009




You can absolutely let her have some playtime alone. It encourages them to be independent. When my son just doesnt want to be alone we read, sing songs, dance, play hide and seek. I do not support just dropping him in front of the t.v.

Michelle - posted on 11/07/2009




It's fine to let her play by herself. You can also take her places where she can do stuff too. My son thinks it's great to walk around the mall because it's this huge open space (I have one of those animal leash type things so he can't get away from me). We also go to the children's museum about once a week and the zoo once a week (if the weathers good). It's good for both of you to get out too. But she should be fine playing by herself also. There's no reason to feel guilty.

Aleasa - posted on 11/07/2009




I think it is very wise to let her play by herself...she will learn to be independant. I know what you mean though my son just turned 2, and at first I would sneak around and watch what he did to make sure he was not getting into anything. He was actually really happy and I was suprised too see what he did...and that really he was practicing things that we did together.

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