I work at home - Any good tricks for keeping a 1 year old entertained?

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Registered: 08-28-2013
I work at home - Any good tricks for keeping a 1 year old entertained?
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Wed, 08-28-2013 - 10:28am

I work from home and raise my 1 year old boy. Sometimes he's not sleeping, and I really need to keep him entertained for 15-20 minutes so I can get some work done. Anyone have a silver bullet?

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Registered: 09-23-2010

Hi!

I wish I had the answer. I have a 2 year old here with me and it gets tough. One thing I've done, and I don't know how you have your space set-up, is have a little desk with crayons and coloring books. I also have a little tv so she can watch her shows. It keeps her busy for 30 minutes, but she's older. When she was younger I had her in the playpen next to me.

:) 

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Registered: 08-28-2013

I actually have a pretty good solution.  My best friend told me about this app she downloaded called Baby's Playground.  It's a great app to keep kids occupied.  My 18 month old is obsessed with it.  The best part of the app is that it locks the child into the phone.  They can't exit the app.  My 4-year old even plays with it.  Here is the link  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/babys-playground/id660354832?mt=8

Other suggestions I have is I put my kid in the pack and play and let them watch TV. 

 

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Registered: 04-07-2008

I have been working at home for several years and take care of my grandchildren. The only silver bullet I can think of is teenagers who need spending money. I have a couple who come over and sit and play with my grandchildren after school for cheap. They are a huge help to me and I can concentrate and get a lot of work done. 

Good luck!

Karla
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Registered: 08-28-2013
I downloaded it - pretty cool, she seems to like it - Thanks!
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Registered: 04-22-2003

All great suggestions! Our babies have radar and will demand extra attention the minute you get busy at work or take a conference call; it never fails.

I kept a laundry basket with fat megablocks, big cars, and shape sorters up on a shelf and only brought it down when I needed a burst of productivity. Babies get bored with the toys that are always within reach so a "special" suitcase or two you can pull out and rotate when you need it is great for both of you. Oftentimes, I was just hoping for 15 minutes, but my kids would routinely play quietly next to me for an hour. It was a huge sanity saver.

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Registered: 09-07-2000

I know TV is frowned upon, but Baby Einstein would buy me about 20 minutes when DD was about that age.  As she got older, she was better able to keep herself busy for longer periods of time.  I agree that having a helper around is probably the best way to get some time to get some work done.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
I was going to suggest this as well. Fill up several bins with toys that they don't play with normally, and you'd be amazed with how it can keep their attention when you show it to them.

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