Getting Through Bedrest with a Toddler

I could immediately hear in my friend's voice that something was wrong; at 22 weeks pregnant with a toddler at home, she was placed on bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy. We live thousands of miles apart, so after feeling helpless for a few minutes I started thinking of things I could do or send to make the coming weeks and months easier.

Last year we discussed how families get through cold and flu season, but this family is looking at a much longer stretch and they don't have any family nearby. How can I help from afar?

They need more books, so I'm sending the Little Books Boxed Set ($13.59 at Amazon) and some other favorites. I might send a big bin, a laminated cotton splat mat ( $34 at etsy) and a list of sensory play ideas. Space is at a premium in their small rental, but this tunnel ($39.95 at Fat Brain Toys) folds flat for storage.

For mom I'm sending books, DVDs to enjoy during her toddler's nap time, and a great water bottle to keep bedside. I know that she will get through it, but this is shaping up to be a long summer for their family. My oldest never watched television until I had to take it easy towards the end of my second pregnancy. I felt guilty at the time but it certainly wasn't the end of the world.

We would love to hear from readers who were placed on bedrest while caring for a toddler. How did you get through it? Tips? Tricks? Favorite toys?

(Image: Flickr member Stacey Lynn Photography licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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