Q: Hello! My 10-month-old son has just started walking and is suddenly at that age where something only holds his attention for a few minutes at a time. Needless to say, on these frigid New York days where we're stuck in our tiny apartment, he gets bored pretty easily. I am looking for some ideas of how to entertain him, and let him entertain himself while I get things done around the house! The thing is, he is not quite old enough to do the usual toddler stuff I have heard mentioned on this site and others i.e. crafts, helping mom bake, etc. He has tons of toys, but his favorite activities--not surprisingly--are throwing things in the trash and going through our tupperware drawer. I'm wanting to avoid buying him a new toy every week! Thanks to experienced moms and dads out there for your creative ideas!
Sent by KendallEditor: This is a great question; I remember feeling grateful that my son began walking in the spring so just simply being outside was enough to entertain him. One idea I saw recently on a blog called Munch was to make a simple "plunker." Michelle used a coffee can, but I was eying our empty oatmeal canister the other day.
Readers, what ideas do you have for Kendall - how do you keep your mobile, but younger-than-toddlers entertained while you take care of the house?
As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.
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