Now that Elvie has had her surgery, she is in a brace while she heals. This limits her mobility significantly, and for our busy little girl, it can be hard to take. We’ve had to pull all sorts of tricks out of our hats to keep her as content as possible. I know that Elvie is not the only busy little one to have a period in which it’s impossible to move about as usual, and I think it’s helpful if we can all get ideas from one another to keep our little ones happy. Here are 10 things we’ve come up with to entertain Elvie while she can’t be racing around like normal. What do you do to help your babies and toddlers cope with limited movement?
Before Elvie had her surgery, she was showing signs of being ready to potty train. While she is brace-bound and healing, we’re stuck with diapers, but I am already beginning to plan the best way to introduce potty training to her. She’s a girl with her own opinions on how to do things, so I think that we will have to offer direction and then wait for her to be ready. The one thing I do know is that we will be using Huggies Pull Ups as part of our training, and I was super excited to find out that Costco now carries Pull Ups featuring the characters from Monsters Inc. Elvie hasn’t seen a whole lot of movies just yet, but she loves those furry monsters!
Traveling with a toddler can get complicated. They still need a way to get around that isn’t their own two feet, and there is diapering to consider, not to mention that toddlers are not rational when it comes to waiting for food. Because we love to travel as a family and want it to be fun for everyone, we’ve figured out ways to simplify things so that we aren’t always scrambling and stressed out. Here are the top five ways we have simplified things for travel with our toddler.
It’s no secret that traveling with small children is not the same as traveling alone or with other adults. There is work involved that you never had to do before, and your kids don’t stop having needs that need to be met just because you are on vacation. If you compare vacation with kids to vacation without kids, you’re bound to think that traveling with kids is never truly a vacation. But all it takes is a little change of perception to see that traveling with children can be magical and even relaxing, just as vacation is meant to be. Here’s how I changed the way I thought about vacation and adjusted our travel plans so that all of us could truly enjoy ourselves.
When Elvie is in the hospital, we see a lot of other parents there, staying with their children. At the hospital where Elvie is usually admitted, parents are given a special wristband to allow access to the floor where the children stay. In the elevator once, a dad of another child and I joked a little about it. “So you got in, too? Nice. It’s pretty exclusive.” Sometimes jokes are what you need when things aren’t going as you hoped in the hospital room. I know that there are a lot of you out there who have had a child in the hospital and are, like us, frequent visitors to the local children’s hospital. Some of you have commented on my posts and on our Facebook page. I know there are a lot more of you out there, and this post is for all of you. I want you to know that you are not alone.