Posted in Activities & Enrichment, Babies
Jai

So my baby is about 10.5 months old and she's very very active. She's walking around using the furniture or a walker for support but I find that she gets bored very easily and needs constant mental stimulation. I have at least a hundred different toys for her around the house but it's just not enough for her and I can't possibly play with her all day long. Just wondering how other parents handle active and curious babies. How can I keep her busy without going crazy myself?

  • Sara
    Feb 19

    This is counter-intuitive but less is more when it comes to toys. Have one or two options out and put everything else away. You can rotate toys but it's best not to have everything out or it's too overwhelming for them. My daughter didn't really start playing by herself for longer periods till at least 2 years old... just to set expectations. Some kids do it sooner!

  • Laura
    Feb 19

    I think older babies really benefit from a change of scenery. Walks to the park, visiting a friend's house, even going grocery shopping. If my daughter were stuck in our house all day, every day, at that age, she'd be cranky. If you are stuck inside, just going to a different room or corner of the house can help change things up.

  • Anna
    Feb 19

    I second Sara’s recommendation about not having too many toys out. Our baby is 10 months and very active, and I’ve found that he does much better with just a few toys rather than a bunch at once. And I’d also recommend regular walks, trips to the park, etc.

  • Lara
    Feb 19

    I agree with the above answers. And I’d also like to add — babywearing. Some days, it’s the only way I can get anything really done around the house.

  • Jade
    Feb 20

    Mine was more interested in things that weren’t meant for him. So when I do chores I let him help. So while he makes a mess of the towels, I fold the rest of the laundry. And when I do dishes, he sides on the counter with his feet in the sink and plays with spatulas. He loves getting to hold the things he normally gets shooed away from. And lately when I’m cleaning up, I let him play in the pots and pans cupboard that is usually locked and it keeps him occupied for way longer than toys would.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 20

    My LO is almost 10 months... Definitely letting them get into things other than toys is very exciting at this age. Discovery baskets are a great way to do this! Put 5-10 household things in a basket or bin that are safe for them to explore and let them have at it. My daughter loves baskets/bins/boxes so putting pretty much anything in one of these is entertainment. She loves banging things and making noise too, so plastic cups and bowls for her to bang/ “sing” into occupy her for a while. Also getting outside even just for a few minutes for her to practice walking is always for the both of us! https://thetraindriverswife.com/2014/06/23/155-items-to-include-in-your-discovery-basket/

  • Mariah
    Feb 20

    I let mine free roam with a few little "stations" his jumper, his walker and his chair with a few diffrent toys.

  • Lolo
    Feb 21

    Pinterest activity board and google toy rotation techniques. Do a craft or stimulating activity at least once a day and look for toys that are above the recommended age, as long as they are safe.

  • Lolo
    Feb 21

    Also, setting aside certain times for tv separately from play time can help and give you a break as well! There are SO MANY learning shows online now.

  • Rose
    Feb 21

    I put my baby in his walker and keep him with me so he can still see me.

  • Grandma
    Mar 06

    I like Jades answer. I did this with my two oldest children when they were younger and they seem to use their imaginations a lot more and advanced in learning faster. These activities kept them busy and let them explore outside the box.