I must confess since I found out I was pregnant, the Goober has watched an embarrassing amount of television. I’m not anti-television before 2 (obviously), but I definitely believe in moderation. However, in those first 12 weeks dealing with morning sickness, the Goober watched more tv than his usual 1 hour per day. And I was okay with that, I pushed through when I could, made sure we got a bit of time playing outside on the porch when the weather cooperated, went on several playdates a week, did arts and crafts, but even pushing through as much as I could, sometimes the tv monster was all I could manage.
I’ve since made it through the worst of my morning (all day) sickness, but my suppressed immune system combined with an active- germ prone toddler means that I have caught twice the number of colds and illnesses that I did with pregnancy numero uno (and I’m only half way through this pregnancy). I’m starting to feel guilty about the amount of television the goober has been getting so I thought I would search out low stress, easy activities that the goober can do while I recuperate on the couch. My search however turned up a lot of crafts and activities that require way more effort than a sick mama like me can manage. My requirements for keeping the Goober busy involve 1) minimal clean up for mama (so activities like finger painting, yogurt painting, cloud dough, etc are out), 2) minimal set up/mama interaction (aka no projects that require a ton of adult supervision/ assistance or building things so none of this, this, or this), 3) doesn’t involve trips to the store or things I wouldn’t already have lying around the house, 4) must be age appropriate for the Goober (who’s roughly 18 months).
Here’s my list of TV- free toddler activities that a sick mama like me can actually manage:
Some other resources for tv free playtime for sick mommies, though many require thinking and preparation ahead of time (aka before you are sick) in order to be useful when needed:
What are your go-to toddler activities when you are fighting a cold and wishing parents could take sick days?by