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Thread: What to do with a 2 and half year old

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    My sister and brother-in-law just went out for my sisters birthday dinner and a movie, and I'm babysitting. I have no idea what to do with her.

    Her bedtime is usually at 8:30, but I have to pick them up at the theater and drive them to the restaurant at 9, and I have to pick my mom up at work at 10. Not only will I have her now, I also have to have her stay awake way past bedtime.

    The only think I can think of is letting her watch tv. Right now she is playing quietly in her room.

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    Read to her.

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    My kids liked to do make believe, tea parties, play with dolls or stuffed animals. Anything interactive and silly goes overwell.

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    Get out some of your fabric. If she knows or is learning her colors you can have her point to the colors and tell you what they are. Or if any of your fabric has animals on it do the same thing in naming the animals.

    Also read to her, even if you have to find a children's story book on line if you don't have one.

    Play peek a boo. Play with her toys with her.

    If she is up past her bed time she may just fall asleep in the car. If not, she may be cranky. Have her favorite blankee or toy at hand.
    Sing to her.

    Hold her and cuddle with her and cherish the time together!

    Have fun. And drive carefully.

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    wait until she's 22yrs old, before you baby sit again. Then you can take her out and you'll both have fun.

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    Give her some chocolate then she will stay up!! :-)

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    go to familyfun.com they have some great ideas. Make some playdough with her.

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    As long as she is quiet and content let her be- when she gets cranky read to her ? Watch a video

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    Put her in her jammies before you take off. Give her a bath. Most all kids that age love baths. If she fall's asleep in the car you can just carry her in and put straight to bed. As someone above said "don't forget the blankie"

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    I have one of them myself. :)

    Put her in her jammies before you go out. Be sure to bring along her favorite toy and blankie.

    Sing, dance around, head shoulders knees and toes works well.

    If your little one is anything like mine, keep her away from the fabric or else you'll be spending a ton of time ironing and refolding.

    And just as an FYI - if they're quiet.. watch out. Let them be loud. :D

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    Absolutely make the effort to get her into jammies and take the blankie in the car. She WILL fall asleep on your trips, it's virtually a given, especially at night and later than her bedtime. And if you planned to come home between the trips, you might want to rethink that, if she's sleeping, so as not to wake a sleeping lion!

    Jan in VA

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    It is now nearly 10 ---- how did it go?

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    UPDATE:

    I had a great time with my niece, although I was unable to go out due to the car getting stuck in the driveway. We had a lot of fun, having a tea-party, coloring and playing an alphabet game on the computer.


    In fact there are two cars stuck in the ice in the driveway, one in front of the other. My dad worked on it for over half an hour, and then gave up. My mom got home a right after he gave up, so I am no longer on duty. We found someone to give my sister and BIL a ride home.

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    I had my 2 and 1/2 yr old grandson with me. I cut out fabric and the scraps made blankets for his toys! He thought this was totally fun

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    Sounds like you knew what to do all along! Toddlers are so much fun! Everything is new to them, and it gives us a chance to re-connect with innocence.

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    How exciting Joan, so glad you had that special time with your neice. And know what I really am glad the car was stuck and you didn't have to drive in ice, ESPECIALLY knowing the others found a safe way home. YEA!!!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanPD
    My sister and brother-in-law just went out for my sisters birthday dinner and a movie, and I'm babysitting. I have no idea what to do with her.

    Her bedtime is usually at 8:30, but I have to pick them up at the theater and drive them to the restaurant at 9, and I have to pick my mom up at work at 10. Not only will I have her now, I also have to have her stay awake way past bedtime.

    The only think I can think of is letting her watch tv. Right now she is playing quietly in her room.
    :wink: give her a small basket of fabric scraps, wrap a peice of cardboard you have tacked to a wall, let her design to her hearts content.

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