As a mom, toddlers will keep you busy all day long. You will have to direct all your time and attention to them by making sure that they are well fed and that they have fresh diapers and clothes on. You also have to make sure that they don’t hurt themselves when running all around the house. This will likely exhaust you by the end of the day as you also have to take care of yourself and other tasks that are required to run a household. It may also mean you will have little free time to yourself and you may not be able to undertake any other task. However, you do not have to watch the kids every minute of your time as there are many ways to keep a toddler occupied.
Some moms work from home. And as such, they need to have the time they need to get the work done. They also need rest so that they can function and focus. It’s also important to allow toddlers sometime to themselves to make them a little independent. However, you have to ensure that the kids are in a safe environment as they become busy with their play.
Here are 5 tips to keeping a toddler occupied:
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Watching cartoon programs on Television will keep youngsters occupied when you want to work or just have some free time. Most parents, however, do not let their children watch television or play computer games for fear of them adapting unhealthy behavior. This should not be the case as watching TV and playing computer games are educational activities, and more so, entertains the kids.
Build a washing station
Kids love to play with water. Building a washing station outdoors is ideal for you and the kids especially when you need to put your attention elsewhere. Put water into basins and make them wash all their toys. You can also let them bathe in the water when the weather is favorable. The splashing and pouring of water make it fun for the kids and this takes all their attention away.
Giving your toddlers playdough to play with keeps them busy. It makes them creative and imaginative as they can make different shapes, numbers, and even letters with it. This also makes their hands strong hence improving their fine motor skills.
Buy toys for the kids
Toys are a favorite to children as they keep them busy and distracted most of the day. Buy as many toys as possible. These are toys such as puzzles, blocks to build castles, toy race cars, markers for coloring bubble wrap for popping, cotton balls, and letter magnets. When all their focus is on the games they are playing with the toys, you will get some time to do something else.
During the day, after all the playing and jumping from place to place, kids tend to get tired. Take advantage of this time and put them to sleep. This way, you will have some time to rest. You can have the kids sleep preferably 2-3 hours so you have sufficient time to attend to your other chores.