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If you're a SAHP what do you do with your 1 year old all day

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Sunshine1509 Wed 11-Jan-17 10:11:35

Especially on days at home
We go to softplay, rhymetime etc but these are usually in the morning so have an afternoon to fill.
We tried playdough but spent more time trying to stop dd eating it!

OutnumberedbyFurchesters Wed 11-Jan-17 10:21:51

All depends on how old your DD is, 14 months will be different to 20month old 1year old smile

Go for a walk even if it's just out in the garden or round the area. She helps with washing and drying... and feeding the birds lately too.

Painting rather than playdoh due to the eating stuff, though she's less munching more playing with it now.
Music and dancing round the kitchen.
Jigsaws and flash card/matching pairs puzzles.
I'm lucky that she'll play with some of her toys quietly too.
Big bowl of water and plastic toys in it and bubbles to splash.
Pasta and other sensory play.
When i can stand it pans and spoons. not often
Bathing and feeding dolly.

Oh and the usual frowned upon telly and films. grin

Even giving her a bath helps pass 30mins on the days when I cant think of owt else.

Sunshine1509 Wed 11-Jan-17 10:36:00

Dd has only just turned 1 - she can walk but has only just started wearing shoes outdoors so is still quite wobbly
These are fantastic ideas though thank you smile

JaxingJump Wed 11-Jan-17 10:53:21

I've a 1, 2 and 3 yr old so struggle to do much that's enjoyable with them. From my perspective a lone 1yr old would be heaven! This is what I'd do....

Whatever I want! She can come too! We'd have a few nappies and snacks in my handbag and off we'd go to walk around the shops, get coffee in an actual coffee shop, meet friends for coffee.

We'd lounge around watching tv and when she'd nap I'd quickly prep all our dinners and then grab tea and biccies and catch up on some series I was following. I might even get into bed and doze for 30mins.

We'd mess about on the floor putting balls in her wellies on repeat for an hour. I'd read a few stories etc. The mess would be minimal compared to when my 3 hit the playroom!

We'd have a bath (maybe together!) just for fun. No screaming at slippery toddlers who are simultaneously beating each other with a bath toy and peeing in the water to see what it feels like while creating a dangerous slip zone on the tiles that someone will fall on as I try to rescue the other from soapy eyes. Yes bath time with one would actually be Ok.

We'd go to all the local free things like rhymetime.

Oh! And I could actually take her swimming! My 1 and 2 yr old never go because we're outnumbered so DH takes 3 yr old alonesad

Not sure if that helps!

Sunshine1509 Wed 11-Jan-17 11:05:43

Oh you must have the patience of a saint with 3 little ones!
Dd does do everything with me errand wise, I let her run around Lidl this morning and she loved it.
We don't do daytime baths as we bath time is part of evening routine and dd has dry skin so don't want to dry it out too much.
Dd does like to watch a bit of CBeebies but I worry that she watches a bit much, once the older dc are home from school it gets hectic!
I guess I really just need to be a bit more organised and have things ready to do

JaxingJump Wed 11-Jan-17 11:09:39

I can assure you I don't have the patience of a saint! I'm struggling desperately with patience these last few weeks and losing my cool. I do love spending time with just one of them at a time though. It's quite a treat!

Timetogrowup2016 Wed 11-Jan-17 12:58:36

Dd is 11 months.
We don't do much.
Baby groups
See family
Play with her toys
She just sort of comes along for the day with me...

Spudlet Wed 11-Jan-17 13:03:45

DS is 12 months and not walking yet. He comes out in the sling every morning with the dog, sometimes we walk to the playing field in the village and he has a go on the swing. We don't do any baby groups any more but sometimes we meet up with friends. Or we just hang out, read books, play with his toys. I'm fairly introverted so happy with just we two most of the time (plus dog). smile

Buddahbelly Wed 11-Jan-17 13:12:16

When mine was 1 he came with me wherever I went. I'd often bundle him up for the day and we'd drive off to the shops or to visit family. Or just have a lazy day on the couch watching TV, playing with his mega blocks and I had time to cook for him still, i miss those days!

Enjoy it...mine is mow 4 and a quick trip to the shops involves him having to be bribed with a cbeebies magazine, and a kinder egg hmm

Sixisthemagicnumber Wed 11-Jan-17 13:15:06

We do groups in the morning or food shopping and then ds has lunch and is then exhausted and has a nap. By the time he wakes from his nap or is almost time for he school run.
Do other people's toddlers not have a nap in the afternoon?

Mol1628 Wed 11-Jan-17 13:20:44

Always a walk/toddler group in the morning. Then home for lunch and a nap. Then by the time he wakes up he's happy to potter around at home till tea. Then bath and bed.

The trick is to stretch things out. I try not to do loads of different activities a day.

m33r Wed 11-Jan-17 21:27:58

Split the day into sections and have lots of 1 hour activities (sometimes more like half hours). take your time with meals. Let lo help with tidying up dishes.

I have walk around the estate, go to local park, collect stones in garden, push cozy coupe around garden / street / estate, collect little stones and post down drains, visit supermarket for shopping (never a big shop), go to coffee shop (for me that is not an adult activity - I take colouring or a puzzle or something and good snacks for quiet bribing but it is not what you imagine when you say 'go for coffee'). Go to shopping centre in pram or to walk around or get one of the wee car trolley things. Go to library (they are different to how they used to be). Visit people just for a change of scenery. Read stories. Play chases in the house. Do flash cards - pile them up, put them back in box, choose favourite. Watch cartoons. Painting followed by bath! Magnetic fishing.

Also, I don't rush to get the day started. When lo wakens, I let him have milk in my bed with his pjs on while I showers then I jump back in beside him for cuddles until he gets fed up.

I don't think you need to 'prepare', just have plans for how to pass each little section of time.

I hope that gives some ideas.

BTW my LB is 22 months so magnetic fishing may not work yet; we only got it for Christmas x

Oh also, since they're so little they can't initiate 'pretend' games but I've recently started playing teS shops and doctors with my LB. not sure if your little one too young for that at mo but worth a try.

m33r Wed 11-Jan-17 21:29:25

Oh and that all sounds like a lot but like PP said, go slow and i wouldn't go to the supermarket then he park all before lunch. I'd consider those 'big' things so split it up over the week xx

RigbySM Wed 11-Jan-17 21:30:22

5DC so I've learned that there's zero point in groups (other than for me to socialise!)

She just comes along with me, I talk to her all day about what I'm doing, she 'helps' clean and tidy, we read books, watch TV, go for a walk, just normal stuff. Certainly not structured groups, crafts etc!

Mol1628 Thu 12-Jan-17 06:01:49

M33r is that fishing game from Lidl? My almost 2yo loves it too.

Mumchatting Fri 13-Jan-17 21:52:42

I'm stay at home mum since my DS was born 2.5 years ago. We go out every day, even twice a day unless he has a cold/ is ill. Soft play and play group 2-3 times a week in the mornings. The rest of the week playgrounds and parks or trips to the library just to hang out in there. Meeting friends with childrem once in a while, shopping etc.
Afternoons after the nap time also playgrounds if weather allows/not dark yet. Keeping busy and having a plan for each day helps.

In winter going out once in the mornings only because it gets dark too early.

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