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how to keep 1 year old entertained on a long journey without using technology!!

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cloudhands Thu 13-Dec-12 08:44:05

I just thought i would start this thread so anyone interested can share what worked for their kids. I think it's common knowledge that using technology in the under threes is just incredibly bad for their brain development, and my own anxious mummy brain wouldn't allow me to give my 1 year old an ipad even if it's just temporary.

i'd love to have a range of suggestions to choose from when we are travelling at xmas.

for me in car journeys singing worked in the past, when my DD was a bit younger, and a nice baby massage, to relax her when she was in her car seat.

also games that make her laugh, like throwing things on the floor and me getting annoyed.

She loves books so I'm sure a few of them will keep her amused for a little while.

anyone else have some good suggestions?

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Fri 14-Dec-12 23:06:19

Wow, passive aggressive response to my recent thread about iPad apps to use for a most likely 5mins out of an 11 hour plane journey?

Obviously I disagree that occasional use of "technology" rots their brains - my 1yr old occasionally sees tv on when her 4yo brother is watching but just wanders off.

We always do lengthy car journeys at bedtime too so they just sleep but I'm afraid a mother singing to her pfb for 11 hours on a transatlantic flight would drive me mental...

We do all the usual, wrap new toys/pieces of tat/snacks/games etc - the 4yo could quite happily do the whole flight with no technology but it's an overnight do if watching a film or two keeps him quiet for everyone else's comfort, tis no bad thing in my opinion.

So there

hokeycakey Fri 14-Dec-12 23:36:03

Girlwiththemouseyhair you must not have an "anxious mummy brain" and to be honest I think you're better off without it

Don't sweat it and yes it was a bitchy op

mammmamia Sat 15-Dec-12 10:13:09

Do not agree at all with OP re technology as others have said, but try the travel Aquadoodle - good for car journeys.

SneakyBiscuitEater Sat 15-Dec-12 10:20:23

Thread about a thread?

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Sat 15-Dec-12 15:28:06

Faith in MN restoredwink

Hugz'n'kisses BFFs 4eva

MrsMerryMeeple Sat 15-Dec-12 15:48:05

Have nothing against giving DS the ipad for a few minutes, but don't have any way to attach it in the car, so have so far not given him high tech in the car.

We have a bag or basket full of toys that are safe for him to play with unsupervised, preferably new or have been hidden for a while. He keeps himself entertained for a bit, then if he starts fretting I drop a toy over to him. When he drops that and gets bored, the next one goes over.

Board books that are not so precious it matters if they get chewed on, rattles, plastic containers, duplo or little people figures, things with lids that can be put on or taken off, busy books, fabric toys with fasteners, links, anything from the toybox that fits the above description.

Each time we stop I collect all the toys from the floor/seat and restock the basket.

Snack pots also help. Rice cakes, baby biscuits, corn puffs etc.

attheendoftheday Sat 15-Dec-12 22:17:55

The only way I can stand the 6 hour drive down to my mum's is to set off at 6pm with dd in her pyjamas. It is the only way!

ChiefOwl Sat 15-Dec-12 22:20:43

Put the dc in their pj's and set off just before bedtime - its the only way! this is still my preference and my youngest is 5!

Izzym82 Mon 17-Jul-17 09:43:17

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BellyBean Mon 17-Jul-17 20:22:05

DD loved a couple of pots, one open, one with a hole and Pom poms to transfer at that age.

RiverTam Mon 17-Jul-17 20:27:57

At that age, traveling at night is the best option.

But DD is now 7 and we have done a good number of long car journeys with no tech other than an old iPod with audiobooks on it (our old banger doesn't have a CD player, otherwise she wouldn't even have that).

We fill a bag that sits next to her with a variety of the following (some obviously age dependant):
Small world toys
Paper and pens
Picture books
Activity books
She got given this brilliant magnet scene book thing, with loads of magnets to make your own scenes

Though I've just seen this is a TAAT. Poor form, OP.

ragged Mon 17-Jul-17 20:46:30


2014newme Mon 17-Jul-17 20:48:21

How long is the journey? Agree travelling when asleep is best.

2014newme Mon 17-Jul-17 20:49:09


ragged Mon 17-Jul-17 20:53:36

Seriously gals... (I am too much of a wimp to post a scarier pic)

tinypop4 Tue 18-Jul-17 18:34:07

2 hours or less- kids sing a long music. More than that and we travel in the evening so they sleep for the majority

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