Friday, June 26, 2009

bored baby?

anyone have any good ideas for how to entertain a restless (15-month old) baby during the day? we don't really have a backyard, walking to and from the library only takes up so much time, and the same old toys get awfully boring.

11 comments:

Dahlia said...

I hear you there! You should join me and Clay at 7 peaks one of these days! Mother's groups are also very helpful. Clay is very entertained by other kids! Best of luck to you.

Nathan and Sarah said...

Oh I feel your pain! I am going to keep watching peoples comments for ideas! There is a website called gocitykids.com that has had great local things to do. I dont know if they have anything for Provo, but it might be worth taking a look!

-Lindsey- said...

I don't know if any of these would work for someone so young, but I like this list:
http://inevergrewup.net/answers-to-last-weeks-suprise-contest/

-Lindsey- said...

Actually that whole website might be helpful.

Jen said...

Back when Leah was a youngin' like yours a friend of mine a BYU and I went to fisherprice.com and used their "Play and Learn Family Activities" list.

http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=30&e=playandlearn&ccat=play_and_learn

If you click on the above link you'll find a list of age groups and can read the ideas there. I still use this site on occasion to entertain my crew. We enjoy it. Especially Leah, you know her, she always has to be DOING something. :)

Emotionally Consumed said...

You mentioned the library. We had a fun time at story time down in our libraries basement. I LOVED that it was in teh basement because the kids could move and sing and be louder than the library normally permits. I know the last thing you want to do is having a kid adicted to t.v. but maybe he is old enough to start letting him watch a movie a day. We really like the baby einstein movies and Signing Time DVDs, Wiggles, etc. Obviously you don't want too much t.v. and it probably wouldn't keep his attention too long anyway, but it might be nice for a little quiet time for like 30 minutes a day... Maybe? Of course, there are ALWAYS books! Some kids won't sit still for all the words on the page (Johnathan wouldn't, Levi would) so you may have to come up with your own shorter version or just point out things on the pages. Hope something I said helps... I'm going to have such the education having another baby after a six year gap. You'll probably have to be giving me the advice soon even though I have done it all before... :)

The Petersons said...

Does he have any balls? Noah LOVES balls. It never gets old throwing them and chasing them and then you chasing him. Then there's always rolling them, hiding them, etc. Balls keep this family going. But more than anything Noah just likes being chased around, playing hide and go seek and then being scared and tickeled. We do things like this multiple times a day and it's always Eric or I that have to stop because we're so tired, but Noah could keep going.
Or, are there any public pools, wading pools, sprinkler parks that are free? That's all I got.

Aaron and Ashley said...

I wish I had some ideas for ya, but I don't so we are just writing to say Good Luck finding something fun to do. Jr.!!! :)

Justin, Kira and Evan said...

baby swimming pool filled with rice and "treasures" inside. Because it is rice you can just sweep it up and put it back in. He can go digging to find the little treasures hiding in the rice.

merrilykaroly said...

Thanks everyone for all the ideas! I'm excited to try them :) I run out of energy trying to keep this guy entertained!

Erin R. said...

If he likes animals, Petsmart and Cabelas are fun places to go on a field trip and they're free and air conditioned! Another fun place is Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point and it's only $3.