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Keeping an ill 18MO entertained - help!
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miowpow · 05/08/2022 15:19

What do you do when your little one is unwell?

18MO has a very chesty cough and absolutely streaming with snot. Currently sat with CBeebies on (which she seems quite happy about) and a colouring book open but not sure this is acceptable for an ENTIRE afternoon? Or should I just accept that this is simply the way it will have to be this afternoon and push away the mum guilt?

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MotherOfDragon20 · 05/08/2022 16:05

Home alone with a 21 month old DD who has HFM so I feel you pain. We’ve just discovered the magic of stickers, she’s spent most of today decorating me with stickers while I lie on the couch talking her through the pictures.

other than that, afternoon baths, walk in the buggy if she’s up to it, even a play park if she’s up for a play on the swings? Baking? And yeah when they aren’t well it’s not the time for screen time guilt, do whatever takes her mind off how awful she feels, its only (hopefully) a few days.

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yougotthelook · 05/08/2022 16:21

miowpow · 05/08/2022 15:19

What do you do when your little one is unwell?

18MO has a very chesty cough and absolutely streaming with snot. Currently sat with CBeebies on (which she seems quite happy about) and a colouring book open but not sure this is acceptable for an ENTIRE afternoon? Or should I just accept that this is simply the way it will have to be this afternoon and push away the mum guilt?

She's poorly.
Let her do as little or as much as she wants.
Mum guilt doesn't apply when they are feeling crappy x
Think about when you're feeling shit...all you want to do is lie in the sofa and watch crap tv x
Hope she feels better soon xxx

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Lottie917 · 05/08/2022 20:10

Push away that Mum guilt 😊 On the days when they're not feeling themselves, it's okay to go with what they want and if that's a bit of TV time as a distraction then so be it.

I also keep a stash of new toys / books / puzzles / games where DS can't get to them and doesn't know they're there. And I pull a new one out if we're having an off / poorly day and he needs a good distraction. Usually works quite well! Doesn't have to be anything expensive - I usually go for like £2.50 kid puzzles or books from The Works or those rubber popper things that are like £1 from Primark.

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