Thursday, July 28, 2011

How do you keep your toddler entertained in difficult situations? Toddler Talk Thursday

Welcome to Week 43 of Toddler Talk Thursday! Where Family and Life in Las Vegas, Crazy about my Baybah, and My Life as a Sippy Cup Mom talk all things TODDLER!!
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This Week’s Topic:
How do you keep your toddler entertained in difficult situations – grocery store, doctors office, etc?
Super great topic for me this week.  I had one of the most embarrassing mommy days at an ENT  Dr. visit with C this week.  I actually sat in the car and cried after it was such a disaster.  So, I really look forward to the tips you share. 

Usually, in the grocery store C is pretty easily entertained.  I give him a snack .  Seriously, the grocery store makes this boy ravenous.  After, a couple of not so great shopping experiences I picked up on this trick.  Now, I either bring a snack along.  Or open something I'm already buying and let have at it while I shop.  This works pretty well because he is busy snacking and not worried about finding a toy in the store too. 

His Dr. office has a really wonderful waiting room.  I love them, and they change the toys out frequently.  Almost, every time we have went they have added something new, or changed it in some way.  C loves it.  At his last visit he actually wanted to stay in the well room and play vs. going to see the Doctor.  

I also save happy meal toys when I can and tuck them in my purse or bag to pull out as a surprise here and there. 

Busy bags are great too.  I take a zip lock bag and put an activity that should keep him occupied for 15-20 minutes in it.   Here are a few ideas for busy bags:
Small car mat with a few cars
Crayons and small note pad or coloring sheet
Matching Lego  Blocks
Leap frog magnets set (from the fridge but works well for this)
Beads and Threading materials
Mr . Potato Head

I always try to plan our errands, or trips earlier in the day before C is very tired.  I try to make trips to the store as short as possible so he doesn't become very frustrated.  He is an on the go little boy and being confined to a shopping cart is not his idea of a good time nor stuck in the car seat.  I really can't say I blame him.

My topic suggestion:  Tips for Building Your Toddler's Vocabulary

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