Rainy Days

12 Jul

 

When the boys came along we were literally running scared. Stuffing each day full of coffees and errands – pushing the buggy in all weathers, often in aimless loops around The Meadows – we would do anything to avoid staring down the barrel of an afternoon à deux. After several weeks of this we admitted defeat and start staying home a bit more. Meltdowns happen – no matter where you are – and, we realised, sometimes rainy days have to be ridden out in the living room rather than hiding behind friends in Costa. The main thing we learned? That everyday does not have to be a whirlwind of outings and activities, and often the simplest of things can stop the baby boredom kicking in.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Empty well washed plastic milk cartons fill them with orange lentils and they make a great rattle
  • Don’t know the words to all the nursery rhymes? Download them on YouTube and sing along
  • Turn the music up and dance with your tot
  • Blow bubbles
  • Hunt out your scarves of different textures and play peepo
  • Use a wooden spoon and a pot to make a good drum set
  • Don’t be scared to let young children experiment with paint. Lie a big sheet of paper on the floor and let them crawl, walk, roll or assist them through paint and on to paper
  • Lie with your wee one in a dimly lit room and shine a torch see what you can see and how their eyes follow it 
  • Move toys into another room…they suddenly become interesting again
  • Fill a bowl with water and show a baby pouring and squirting – even a very young baby can find this fascinating (plus older children can get involved too)
  • Read books, and if all else fails, pop a Baby Einstein DVD on (don’t feel bad, it’s educational!)  and enjoy a cuppa…
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3 Responses to “Rainy Days”

  1. One Mother's Notes July 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I went through this phase too of being out for the sake of it.Starting to find that it’s not so scary just staying in. Great suggestions, thank you.

    • themummyyears July 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      Thanks for your feedback. We know, exhausting isn’t it?! Glad you’re embracing being at home and fund the post useful – lots more to come!

      • Jessamy August 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

        Me too! Turns out you get jobs done too…. well sometimes…. x

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