Things to do with a 1-year-old

Fun things to do with a 1 year old

Fun things to do with a 1 year old

I recently shared on my Facebook page the other day, an article I read about a SAHM mom wondering if she made the right decision to stay at home with her daughter. She was concerned that her daughter was behind in social and developmental skills because she kept her at home all day. When I read it, I could easily identify with it as I too sometimes wonder if little one should be around other little kids at this age, and since she doesn’t have any siblings – yet, it’s just her and I and our dogs all day long. Her pediatrician says she is ‘thriving’, but I still can’t help but wonder if she needs more at this age. Now, I don’t think staying at home with little one was a bad decision. I do think it benefits the child to have their mom around especially during the first year. But I find myself having trouble someday’s figuring out what to do to entertain little one and stimulate that growing little brain of hers.

I will tell you what we DO do during the day. We sit and play patty cake, peek-a-boo, play with toys, practice walking, listen to music and dance, we watch movies sometimes. We try to have story-time but 1-year-olds have such a short attention span, sometimes I wonder if I’m even doing that right.

I absolutely LOVE everything about this age though, she’s into everything, learning new things everyday and having mini conversations with me in baby talk. Now I can understand why I always hear moms say they wish they could stay this small forever. But still, I find myself running out of ideas and imagination for things that I can do with her.

So I was wondering, what do you do, or have you done, with your 1-year-old? Are there any sites you go to for ideas?

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    May 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Blocks, Little People, Chunky Cars, Balls, stacking things

    It has been a really long time since I had just 1 one year old. Those are the things that I remember liking when my oldest didn’t have siblings. If you can stand the noise, leave your pan cupboard open. Children love banging pans! I think that one of the most important things is to give your child independent exploration. Leave some safe cupboards open, leave out some measuring cups and spoons. This is such a great age for discovery. Also, don’t get hung up on what you THINK they should be discovering. If something catches their interest, even if you can’t understand why, give that thing some extra time. You’ll find out a lot about who your child is. Hope this helps.

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    Linda@With A Blast
    May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for joining our Let’s Get Social Sunday Party! I am now following your blog via Bloglovin 🙂

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    Domesticated Breakdown
    May 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I used to run a daycare and I did a lot of sensory activities that are appropriate for toddlers and infants, You can do balloons with different things inside of them for them to feel, colored rice, or pasta, oats are a good thing if you do not mind them getting messy, Yogurt or pudding painting, pots and pans with spoons were always a favorite with my kids too, if You look on my blog, I post sensory and arts and crafts ideas, most are friendly enough for very young children because I watched children ages 5 weeks to 13 years, I just started blogging not to long ago so don’t have a ton on there but I will post new ones pretty regularly 🙂

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    Mommy Melanie
    May 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Wow thanks ladies for all the great tips! I am really taking these to heart and will try some of these things.

    Katie that was really great what you said about them needing to socialize w/their parents at this age. That helped alot, I’m not as worried. I guess she is technically too young to have friends, she can’t even talk yet 🙂

    Domesticated I love the ideas of yogurt and pudding paints! We are definitely going to be trying this. I will def check out your site to check out some of your diy ideas.

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    May 29, 2013 at 12:56 am

    There is an interactive book called “Tails” that my one year old adores. The animal tails are fuzzy and it has things they can slide up and down, touch, smell, etc. She will sit through the entire book and always brings it for me to read for story time. Also, I recently got her a water table and that seems to keeps her entertained. Today we threw two balls into a bucket for over 20 minutes and she loved it.

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      Mommy Melanie
      May 29, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Ah, water table! I had no idea what that was until I googled it right now. Looks awesome, I bet she would LOVE it! I am also going to look into getting the Tails book because the ones I have don’t entertain her for too long. 🙂 Thanks for the great suggestions!

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    May 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog hop! Have you tried baby Einstein? I know it might be a no no to put a small child in front of a tv. But I’ve taken care of some young children, and they love baby Einstein. There’s classical music and singing and lots of shapes and colors.

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      Mommy Melanie
      May 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I haven’t tried that Sara although I have heard some good things about it. Unfortunately she DOES get some TV time during the day while I’m working. I work from home for a few hours and usually I will try to do it during naptime but most of the time she only sleeps for about an hour which means the rest of the time I have to work it’s usually cartoons. :-/

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    Melissa@Home on Deranged
    May 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I suppose I’m lucky that I also have a 2 year old to help show the 1 year old “the ropes,” but she still comes to me when she wants to be read a book (the little ones, natch). She’ll also play with the iPad learning games, but her attention span tends to give out quickly, so we return to the chalkboard easel frequently, lol.
    Hooking up from the Fun Friday Blog Hop.

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      Mommy Melanie
      May 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      haha. Well she is my first so this is all new to me. Luckily, my next 1 year old will have her as an older sister to show her the ropes 🙂 Let’s hope I do everything right the first time. Crossing fingers!! Thanks for stopping in, I will be sure to visit your blog!

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    Karen Mary Butterfly
    May 30, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I think the most impportant thing a mom can do is doing what makes her happy. I am happy I stayed at home with the kids for total of 7 years. I can never have that back. It was a great time in my life. We did so many social, educational and fun things. I spoke only French to them, we had lots of play dates (French and English) we went to our library story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to The International House, At UC Davis, here in Calforina. we did that every Wednesday morning for coffee and treats. I belonged to a gym and the kids LOVED the daycare there. I did that three times a week! We were social, busy and momma was pretty happy. Keep busy and have a schedule. I really met some amazing women when I stayed home and did a lot of things for myself as well. 🙂

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      Mommy Melanie
      June 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Karen, thanks so much for your reply. I really hope that I get to experience all that with my kids in a few years when they are old enough. Even though I may feel a little lost right now I know that it’s the best thing being with her right now, and when my 2nd is born and they get old enough I want to have all those experiences with them. So thanks for that, I am really looking forward to it 🙂

      Coco, very nice to meet you too! I am your new follower on Bloglovin. I think those are all really good tips, especially to promote self confidence 🙂 That makes a lot of sense now that you say that. Thanks for all the great tips ladies, it really means alot. I feel a little better now 😀

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    May 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Hello dear, nice to meet you, I’m a new bloglovin follower from the hop. I was very impressed by reading your post, because I had the exact same experience. I stayed home from work till my daughter was 1. Then I took a part-time job, and while I was at work she was with her grandma. I was always wondering what I could devise to stimulate her and was worried that she wasn’t meeting children on a daily basis. So I read and browsed the Internet to find gurus’ advices. What I found useful: I read a book which explained that all you are supposed to do is to give confidence to your child, let her know that she is going to succeed in every little task she undertakes, like putting the cap back on a marker. Another tip I found useful was “Let children get bored sometimes”. Well, long story short, my daughter is 4, very sociable, self-confident verging on overbearing, and used to observe and ask questions, which before getting an answer she will be asked to answer herself first. Sorry I kept it long, she’s everything to me and I keep asking myself if I’m doing a good job. If you need the exact title of that book just drop me a line on my blog or tweet me @cocolavieenrose. All the care you are putting into it makes you a great mum. Hugs Coco

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    Terry (My Journey With Candida)
    June 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. My Stepson is bringing our Granddaughter who is very close to 1 over today. I will be watching her while they go to the dentist. Funny how you forget what to do with kids of a certain age. Thanks!!

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    June 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    It sounds like you are having a wonderful time just bonding with your daughter. You certainly keep busy in my opinion. Enjoy every moment with her. Congrats. on your second baby soon to arrive! 🙂

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    June 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

    When my sons were young we did Gymboree and met other moms and children that way. I didn’t have any friends who had babies the same age as my kids and that gave us a way to meet other children. From there we did a lot of playdates where I really wanted my boys to interact with others.

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    June 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    My son is almost 1 as well and still home with me, just like I did with his siblings. I try to meet with friends with kids his age at least once a week and I plan on going with him to Mommy and Me program once a week starting in September. Other than that, we just play, and he’s thrilled about it 🙂

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    June 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    If you plan to have more kids and/or don’t want to be your child’s primary source of entertainment for the next 17 years, find some classes or playgroups to join where he can interact with other kids. It will give you a chance to socialize with other moms and give your son a chance to develop social skills and find his own interests too.

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    June 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    It sounds like you are doing everything right at home. I think a play group would be a good thing too for both you and your child.

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      Mommy Melanie
      June 7, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Thank you ladies for the kind words 🙂 I hope I’m doing things right! We do love to dance, we just recently discovered a Toddler station on Pandora that we’ve been entertaining ourselves too. And the Gymboree mom/kid classes are something we did briefly when she was about 6 mo. But now that she’s older ill probably look into it again because I know she would enjoy it more.

      Thanks for all the great advice!!

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    Melinda Dunne
    June 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I always sang and danced with my kids at that age. I made up songs and danced around the house. It was so fun.

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    Cynthia L.
    June 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I think you are doing a great job. When my daughter was young, we did just what you are doing. I think she enjoyed the time we spent together more than anything else in the world. We still enjoy time together and she is now 22!

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    Vida Marie
    September 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I completely understand. I still struggle with this and I have a 3-year old. There are many toddler classes available at local community centers. My daughter starting taking movement for babies and swimming when she was 1. You may want to check around and see what’s available in your area.

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