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Can anyone help me with ideas for keeping a toddler busy? I have a very active 21mo daughter who needs to be busy doing something almost constantly. I spend most of my days pulling her out of the bathroom sink, kitchen sink, off the counters and kitchen table. It's quite dangerous for her to be

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    Can anyone help me with ideas for keeping a toddler busy? I have a very
    active 21mo daughter who needs to be busy doing something almost
    constantly. I spend most of my days pulling her out of the bathroom
    sink, kitchen sink, off the counters and kitchen table. It's quite
    dangerous for her to be in all these places as we have tile floors
    throughout the house and one fall could be devastating. I need some
    ideas that will keep her "grounded".

    Thanks,

    Carol
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    My daughter is about the same age and we have the same issues. For Christmas we
    bought a minitrampoline with the safety handle bar. She loves it and it uses up
    a lot of that extra energy. Consider activity buckets to keep her out of the
    sink. Lay a shower curtain on the floor fill a dish pan with an inch of water
    (or dried beans) give her lots of little cups etc. A few suds in the pan are
    fun too. You can also do this as a wash station. A few small rags and a few
    waterproof toys or baby dolls are a lot of fun. Have a few towels ready! Good
    luck!
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    What kind of sling do you have? I've made a Mai Tai but she wasn't too
    crazy about it. Maybe I need to make a bigger one for her since the one
    I made was for my newborn.

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    I have an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder, but if I had it to do over
    again I'd get a maya wrap or babymoon (babymoonslings.com) in the same
    style with but no padding.

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    I have an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder, but if I had it to do over
    again I'd get a maya wrap or babymoon (babymoonslings.com) in the same
    style with but no padding.

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    I have never heard of Elizabeth Lee Designs. Where are they? How can I get in
    touch with them or purchase the sling pattern? Are they on the internet? Thank
    you so much. Emmy in Iowa
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    Hi Emeline. Here's the link for Elizabeth Lee Designs.

    http://www.elizabethlee.com/patterns/mompats.htm

    Like I said before. I have made many of the slings from this pattern.
    They are fairly easy to make and so far the most comfortable sling I
    have found. It comes with very clear sewing instructions and great
    instructions on how to wear it and examples different positions for
    baby. I used this with my 2nd daughter from the time she was a newborn
    (practically, I used it in the hospital) and she's a 21 month old and I
    still use it sometimes when I'm in a pinch.

    I hope this helps.
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    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I may get in trouble on this website.I found
    more great stuff besides the great sling. Emmy
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    Another link to make baby slings is

    http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/index.h ... index.html

    She has several sling patterns. I've used the pouch for my newborn and
    it is great for running errands (thanks everyone for the suggestion).
    I'm also using the MaiTai righ now for my newborn. He stays in there
    most of the day. It is quite comfortable, and I can put him on my back
    which is great also.

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    RE: Budget101.com : Re: Baby Slings


    OOOOOO, antoher good site. Thank You. My favorites file is getting very full.
    LOL.
    I noticed thay have a pattern for clothe sanitary napkins, which I have
    considered. I said something to my family about using cloth sanitary napkins and
    they went,"EWWWW".LOL. But if they actually sat down and figured up what we
    spend a year on sanitary pads that don't break down in the landfills quickly
    they might change their minds. Well, my hubby might at least. My teenagers (Boy
    and 2 girls) would still look grossed out and horror sticken at the same time.
    I can't wait till they have kids of their own! LOL!
    Does anyone here use clothe sanitary napkins? I know you soak them in a
    bucket like clothe diapers, but do you put anything in the bucket besides water?
    Inquiring minds want to know. LOL.
    Thanks for all the great sites ladies. I am actually starting files on
    my desk top and converting some of them in there with a quick description for an
    organized easy directory. I plan on downloading them to disk soon since I kill
    all things mechanical with some invisible power. LOL. I have had this computer
    over 6 months, it's about time for it to die too. LOL. Emmy In Iowa
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    I know a lady who makes and sells cloth sanitary napkins. I don't use them
    myself, but from what I understand they are wonderful and soft. I am having
    trouble opening her link, but if you would like, I will get the corrected addy
    from her.

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    Hello,
    I am new to the group but I thought I would add my 2 cents. I am a homeschooling
    mom with 4 children 13-2 1/2
    This is what I like to do with my 2 1/2 yr old son.
    I have a bucket with a lid and I change out the activites on a daily basis. The
    list is some of the things I put in. Not all on the same day. Remember I change
    the things out on a daily basis:
    Peg board
    play dough
    puzzle ( one for each day)
    Large maganates to attach to fridge or cookie sheet
    coloring book
    tangagrams
    lacing beads
    sewing cards
    atribuite blocks
    so on and so forth.
    I fun thing to do when the weather is warm is let child/ren out side and spray
    some shaving cream on the picnic table and let them paint with it. My teenager
    still loves that one.
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    Dianna,
    Where abouts in Arkansas? I'm in the Fort Smith/Greenwood area.

    LOL I used to work at a daycare and would often try things out at home
    before trying them at the school. I had my 16-year-old neighbor come over
    and play in the shaving cream with my daughters on a vinyl table cloth I put
    on the ground in the back yard. The twist was that I added a few drops of
    food coloring so my kids could see how the colors mixed (then all of the
    kids ended up eventually getting it all over them and it was a good reason
    for them to play in the sprinklers).

    Hugs,
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    We have those carts here too. I've had good and bad experiences with
    them which generally end up with her screaming bloody murder and me
    wishing I would have stayed home.

    The problem is that she won't sit with the strap on. I know that sounds
    impossible, I under stand that I'm the parent and she should do as I say
    but that's a hard concept to get across to this child. If I strap her
    in she screams at the top of her lungs and thrashes in the seat fighting
    the straps. To the point of hurting herself, meanwhile people are
    looking at me like I should be doing something...what, I don't know.
    I'm starting to think maybe slinging her would work but I've never
    slinged a child that old...guess it's time to try.

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