Need advice on keeping my 2 year old SAFELY occupied while I get myself ready and when I am working from home?

Elizabeth - posted on 06/30/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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How do I keep my 2 year old boy SAFELY occupied while I get myself ready, hair, make-up etc. and when I am working from home without him disrupting me constantly. I don't have to be out at a specific time, but I don't feel comfortable going out without my hair and make-up done, and I am not one who can get ready in 20 min. I am a poor sleeper so getting up earlier is very tough, I already take a bath at night to cut down on time. I find I am waiting until his afternoon nap to get ready and get any work done, and I sometimes find it hard to get out of the house at all. He usually doesn't want to go back in his crib to play (he thinks he is going back to bed) and doesn't want to stay in his room to play (though it is quite small so we can't fit a lot of toys), my bedroom is right beside his. I have the house well babyproofed but, if I bring him upstairs with me he just wants to follow me, explore and get into things in my room. I can't bring him in the bathroom, he flushes and plays in the toilet, goes after anything he can reach etc.. I end up spending more time cleaning and saying no than getting ready. His main play area, playpen and DVD player is 2 floors down in the gated living room, I am nervous leaving him alone for long though I can hear him and he won't stay in a playpen for more than a few minutes. Plus he usually won't stay alone that long even though he has tons of toys. Does anyone put their child in the crib or playard while they get ready with any success?? Any other suggestions would be appreciated, I feel like I have tried everything!

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Samantha - posted on 07/04/2011

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I forgot to add i also am a bad sleeper and do not get up till she wakes me so know how you feel and i also take at least 30mins to get ready and i am a make up artist so know all the tricks i still like to look nice so will not go out unless we both look perfect ha ha !!! its hard work but if you are firm with them and explain you are getting ready so you can do something nice for them i find that helps as she says well go and get readdy mummy hurry up lol!!

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Candace - posted on 07/05/2011

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When I get ready in the morning, my son sits on the bathroom vanity and "gets ready" himself. He is also 22 months old. He will use his toothbrush while I'm using my toothbrush. I let him look at my softer make-up pads. I pretend to give him a little bit of my moisturizer or whatever I am using and he pretends to rub it on his face. He brushes his hair after I brush my hair. Sometimes he holds the blow dryer for me which makes it kind of a funny angle but it works ok. It keeps him very occupied. I have a few cars and his bath toys in the bathroom so he will usually just stay in the bathroom while I shower and play. Every once in awhile he pops his head in to see what I am doing.

Samantha - posted on 07/04/2011

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I am the same never leave home with out Maske up and hair done Two things let me achieve this 1) I brought a intercom(baby moniter) with picture so I can put it down stairs and see what she is doing while i am upstairs 2) i set up toys for the day and put her favourite programme on she knows mummy is getting ready and keeps herself amused for half hour and i can alweays see and her through the moniter just to be on the safe side. They are expensive about aa £100 but for piece of mind! she was ill as a child so i brought it to keep an eye on her so i did not have to keep getting out of bed the best buy I have ever made Big Mamma is alwsy watching her lol!!! hope that helps

Rachael - posted on 07/01/2011

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I have a superyard type folding pen that I put my son in with a few toys. He may cry/whine but you can put him in the pen in the playroom with his show on TV and have a baby monitor on so you can hear him. I would also check on him a few times and consider cutting back on your morning routine. (for instance flat iron your hair after your night time bath) or learn some tips to do your hair/make up quicker. Maybe apply just enough so you don't feel naked if you need to go out or pop your hair into a quick ponytail. I grew up with a mom who was a night owl and wouldn't go anywhere without her hair and make up "just so" and as a result I take about 20-30 minutes to get ready including a shower and nice clothes shorter if it is just a baby/mommy day. good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 06/30/2011

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I used to have the same problem...What i do now, is set the pack and play up in our room right beside me, so that my kiddo is near, but not able to get into anything. I normally wait for that time to give her her snack which buys me about 10 minutes and put on her kiddo cd, so that she sings and dances while I do my thing. Now, it def. took some conditioning to get to this point, about a week of screaming, but now it's just part of our routine so she's cool with it. However, I only take like 30 minutes after I hop out of the shower to get myself ready. Hope this helps, good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/30/2011

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Unfortunately Marina, there is really no area to get ready in his play area, it is in the living room. As I mentioned is 2 floors down from where I usually get ready in the bathroom and my bedroom upstairs as everything I need is there. Karen, I would get up before him to get ready if I could, though I usually sleep until he wakes up, as I said I am a poor sleeper so I am already exhausted getting up with him, unless I have to I don't want to get up an hour earlier. I should also mention I have tried putting on DVD's on the TV in my room, though he has a hard time seeing it unless I put him on the bed, which he stands on or tries to get off, so it isn't safe. He also has a little TV in his bedroom but even that doesn''t occupy him, he only likes a couple of shows. Any other suggestions?

Karen - posted on 06/30/2011

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i don't get my son out of bed until i'm done getting ready in the morning.(he's 21 months) sometimes he doesn't wake up until after i'm finished, but on the days he does wake up i just go about getting ready and leave him there. usually he'll just talk to his tigger that he sleeps with. sometimes he'll fuss a bit but it's nothing major (more of a whine then anything) when i don't pop my head in to check on him it only lasts a minute or two then he stops.

Marina - posted on 06/30/2011

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have you tried getting ready in the his main play area , setting up toys for him to play while you get ready , that way he can see you and you can see him

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