Toddlers certainly know how to push our buttons. They don’t do it intentionally, but it isn’t the most fun part of parenting. On days when you have a fussy and miserable toddler, sometimes you just need a little help to hold on to your sanity. Wouldn’t you love being able to calm down your child and keep them entertained for a bit while you reset? Luckily I have a list of sanity savers that have come to my rescue a few times!
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A water table
My favorite warm-weather activity is the water table! We have this one and I don’t know what we’d do without it. The reason why I love any water table is that it’s something fun that can be done outside. An added bonus is that it tends to hold my daughter’s attention for at least a half hour. That’s a lot longer than most other things. It’s a great way to cool off in the summer heat and it’s so easy to add new toy it. We bring out bath toys all the time and kitchen cups. And there are so many other things that you can find online that you can do in the water table making it a fantastic warm day choice.
Crayola Color Wonder Markers
Next thing on my list is Crayola Color Wonder Markers and Paper. A friend recommended these to me and talk about a sanity saver! These are amazing in the way that they work. You need a special paper in order to draw on them; these markers don’t draw on anything else. It’s fantastic for a toddler because you don’t have to be hovering ready to grab the marker out of your toddler’s hand. Think of the potential meltdowns that could be avoided! Plus creativity is always a great thing to promote!
The Little Blue Truck Series
We were given
This isn’t so much a “thing” but is more of an idea. My daughter has a lot of toys from her first Christmas and her first birthday. She was spoiled rotten! Luckily, we have family and friends that were very generous with her and we ended up with more toys than we knew what to do it. So we started rotating toys.
Here’s how it works. I keep some toys in her small playroom. The rest of the toys all go down into the basement. Every few weeks I will take the toys from her playroom (when she’s asleep) and move them to the basement. I bring up different toys that she hasn’t seen in a while. She treats the toys from the basement as if they were completely new! Not only do I not have to purchase new toys all the time, but she’s also not overwhelmed with the toys she does have in her playroom. My daughter plays more deeply with toys when she has fewer distractions. So having a small room for our daughter’s toy is ended up being a huge blessing and we’re able to save a lot of money by rotating toys. Plus I save my sanity!
And finally, the Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) – Smart speaker with Alexais a HUGE sanity saver! Like many other moms, I have an Amazon Prime account. One of the coolest things about Amazon Prime is their music subscriptions. There are so many different channels and different stations on Amazon. Because of this, I’m able to use the voice-activated music. My daughter is so into music! Whenever she starts to have a bad day or starts to get grouchy, I’m able to put on some music and it instantly calms her down. If she starts to get bored with one channel or one type of music, I’m able to switch to a different type of music by doing this. I’m able to keep her calm, happy and entertained. And we have some of our best memories from just asking our Echo to play any sort of music and seeing what comes on.
For a more in-depth review of the Amazon Echo, check out my post here.
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