Blythe Lipman

Blythe Lipman

My Baby Pajamas would like to welcome Blythe Lipman to the family.   Blythe will be a guest blogger on My Baby Pajamas Blog and has over 25 years experience in the baby and toddler area.  Here is a little about Blythe:

Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions. She is passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After working inthe field for over twenty-five years, she wrote her third award-winning book, HELP! MY BABY CAME WITH OUT INSTRUCTIONS which is available at www.babyinstructions.com, www.mybabypajamas.com, amazon.com and all major bookstores.  You can her Blythe’s weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11 am EST @ http://www.toginet.com.  She is also available for in-home, video and telephone consultations.

Dear Blythe,

I have a three year old toddler that is cranky and bored. With the temperature in the 100’s, it’s too hot to play outside unless it’s the early morning or at dusk. Some days seem like they go on forever. My creativity feels like it went out with the heat.  All my toddler wants to do is follow me around the house and whine with boredom. I have run out of fun activities to do.  Please help before I tear my hair out!

Signed,

Impatient Jody

Hi Jody,

Toddlers can sometimes frustrate the most patient Mom. Here are some fun ideas that are easy and will put a smile on both your faces!

  • The mall can be a fun adventure. Start your journey at the food court for some breakfast or lunch. Walk down to the Pet Store stopping along the way to window shop. The train in the hobby shop window is especially fun. At the pet store, ask to see one of the puppies and go into the special room to play. Next stop is the indoor playground. Finally finish your outing with ice cream and sprinkles. What fun and a great way to stay out of the heat.
  • Plan a movie date. Either rent a video or go out to the movies.  Let your toddler put together a special snack bag with pretzels, goldfish, raisins and M&M’s and don’t forget to take a bottle of water along and his favorite blanket.
  • Take your toddler to the playground in her special PJ’s from www.mybabypajamas.com first thing in the morning or last thing at night. What could be more fun!
  • Go to the dollar store and buy a spray bottle, some paintbrushes, a watering can and some sponges. Put water in the spray bottle and watering can. Dress your toddler in his bathing suit, take him outside and let him paint the house.
  • Look in your local paper to see if there are any story hours. Barnes and Noble and many libraries have story times during those hot, summer month
  • Crayola has wonderful arts and crafts projects. My favorite is the finger-paints. They come with a special paper so the paint will only color the paper and not your toddler
  • Give your toddler a piece of construction paper, a glue stick and some pasta shapes, yarn, fabric, markers, etc. and let him make a special collage for daddy.
  • Bake cookies with your toddler. The prepared sugar cookie mix is easy and fun to decorate with M & M’s, sprinkles or dried fruit. Put a Popsicle stick in the bottom before baking to make cookie pops.
  • Make special Popsicle treats. Have your toddler put a half a cherry or grape in the bottom of a small paper cup. Using a measuring cup with a spout show him how to fill the cup with fruit juice. Use 1/3 fruit juice to 2/3 water to cut down on sugar. Put a Popsicle stick in the middle and freeze for a couple of hours. This is a good morning activity that will be ready as a special afternoon treat!
  • Make a yogurt “Sundae Bar.” Let him spoon yogurt into an ice cream dish and  mix in some raisins, fresh fruit and cereal. Top it with a little whipped cream and a strawberry and you have a healthy treat!
  • Plan a special indoor picnic. Prepare the feast together. Use a cookie cutter to make shapes with the bread for your sandwiches. peanut butter and jelly( if there are no peanut allergies), cheese, tuna, etc. Serve with carrot disks, celery sticks and cucumber rounds. Make a dip using plain yogurt or ranch dressing. Add an orange slice or strawberry and straw to his water for a special treat.  Spread a blanket out on the floor and enjoy your indoor adventure.
  • Hire a high school student one morning a week. Save a special activity for that time each week that only they do together! It might be arts and crafts or even a cooking activity

Toddlers love to try anything new. Planning ahead is the key to lots of fun adventures and a great summer days! Enjoy and stay cool!

Blythe Lipman

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