What to do with an incredibly active child!?!

Janice - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 11mnths and is the wildest, squirmiest, active child ever! His father and I were both exstremely docile children, go figure! He's a darling, happy, loving child but definately not a cuddler. He'd so much rather explore everything around him. It's a wholly physical feat just to hold him and he's worse when he's tired. Any sympathisers? Tips? He screams like crazy if I don't let him get into everything and he's bored with his toys, and the tupperware drawer is loosing interest.

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Mine is the same and sh is growing so its tougher to fool her but this is what i used to do:
1. get lots of inexpensive but interesting toys....
2. Rotate toys.... hide some for a month or so and bring them out as new toys
3. give books.. lots of them, most will be torn, so get cheap ones
4. find a good daycare, even is its for a few hours, change of scene and people helps
5. never pick toys by the age companies specify, see what wud interest ur kid.....i get a lot of jig-saws these days.... they are not expensive, can be mixed up for more fun and keep her busy alone once she gets a hang of it
6. lots of colors and balnk papers

All the best!!

Jenny - posted on 03/03/2010

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You are describing my son at that age also. He actually never even played with the toys we bought him. His favorite was pulling everything out of the cabinets underneath the sink in the bathroom. We did that 3-4 times a day. Then he started to walk and we practiced that for awhile. Finally it got warmer outside and I just took him on lots of walks at the park and supervised him closely on playground equipment. Anything to do to get him tired out so he would take good naps. The older he got, the easier it got. Just hang in there. My son is now 3 and he is very active, but is able to concentrate on things and play with toys (for short periods of time). Good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/03/2010

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Boys boys boys!! I have babysat, nannied, and nephewed several boys just like that...and I now have one of my own! He's 7 months and aready into drawers, cupboards, and everything he's not supposed to be into. But boys are boys!! They have a LOT of energy! I also have a 2 1/2 yr old girl like that. Toys are of no interest to her...bounce here, run there, jump on that, i spend more than 1/2 my day tell her no this and no that...in fact as I type my 7 month old son and just figured out how to get the little strip of plastic covering the bottom of the fridge off!!! No Joke!! Take him out side, play in the snow or sunshine depending on where you live. Get a sand box!! or a little pool! My daughter will play outside all day every day! just let them run it off!! it's good for them and i can almost guarentee you that you wont have any problems with your little one being lazy and overweight! Build him "forts" out of chairs and blankets, take the cushions off the couch and let him at it! Or ther are building block made of cardboard that are great for kids, if you have the room for them. Let him be a Boy!!!! Teach him to figure things out on his own, let him explore and you will have a very intelligent child! When it's stuff he can't have...tell him no, and then show him what he can have and do!! For as he grows, Lincoln Logs, building blocks, Legos! All the stuff to put his mind to work and his little body to burn energy! If you have a park...let him RUNN!!! Your greatest job will be to patch up boo-boos, wipe up tears when he falls, give kisses to those ouchies, and send him off again encouraging him to do his best!! Love his initiation and don't let him lose it!

Tracie - posted on 02/24/2010

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If you're stuck inside and he's an explorer try a hiding stuff game... I would get a set of easter eggs, plastic dinosaurs, or something of the like and randomly put'em all over the house (my kids thought it was super funny to find the one in the bathtub) but make sure they are hidden according to his age (like the tupperware drawer)... then let him search for them. It helped me keep mine busy so i could get anything done & you can gradually make them harder to find! It can also help with counting ('go find me 2 _____') or sorting ('Mommy wants red _____') Hopefully this helps you like it did me!

Susan - posted on 02/24/2010

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My sons were also very active, he might need some more outside time to burn off that energy. A trampoline is aways a great way for them to exhaust themselves. Also check what he is eating sometimes the extra energy can be due to what they eat. I know for mine it was the bread and some processed cakes would send them into engergizer bunny mode.
Good luck

Ala Ala - posted on 02/24/2010

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oh,, my son was like that too at that age and is still that way now that he is 2.5 yrs already. it is a challenge to make him sit still. even when it is eating time he cant stay on the table for long he has to be going around. he does come back to eat a spoonful . but he really is that way. i have accepted it. i just teach him boundaries and expect that he might not follow all. so i try to be a step ahead like reminding him when he gets this mischivous look. but i cant really be sure what he plans so sometimes i am too late :)

goodluck! you're gonna need it. just remember that they are just really adventurous and active children

Jay - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son is the same way. He is all over the place all the time. Hands on EVERYTHING. I try to keep him occupied with something, and a lot of times after is nap, we go outside and i let him run around ( if its nice out ) seems to wear him out faster. I have given up on a "set" bedtime because when his is tired that is his wildest. When i see that he is starting to get like that i try to get him to sleep.

Roxanne - posted on 02/24/2010

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LOL. I have one of those too, around the same age. I take him out continuously, but strapping him in into a stroller is definitely a challenge in itself. So I know I have a limited time, and keep him occupied with treats while I shop. But at this age he's good to go anywhere. I've taken him to aquariums, zoos, museums, and parks every chance a get.We also go to music class once a week & go to story time once a week. Keep him busy with lots of activities and as long as he can get his sillies out & get some fresh air and get out of the house, he's good to go. Keep him busy and get him out, it helps.

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