Top 10 things a stay-at-home parent of a toddler can’t live without

My favourite part about New-Years is all of the countdowns and “top 10 / top 100” lists.  So here’s my top 10 list of things a stay-at-home parent of a Toddler can’t live without.

I would love to hear what tops your list for staying sane!

10. TV.  Specifically, Treehouse and Disney Junior.  Kyle’s current favourites are the Mickey Mouse Club, 4 square and roll play.  Both channels are also available on-demand :)*

9. Three-wheel stroller for walks outside in the snow during the LONG winter months.

8. Music to jam out to and dance to (instruments are an added fun). Kyle is currently perfecting the “knee-bend” dance and has surpassed his dad’s dancing ability.

7. Magazines – quick read when Kyle is playing by himself.  My current favourites are Toronto Life, Chatelaine and People.  You can’t be too diverse, I know!  Also, I read that it’s good for your children to see you reading, any form of media, so there’s an added bonus there (and no, reading a computer screen doesn’t count unfortunately).

6. Friends who are on mat-leave / other stay-at-home moms.  Playdates are so KEY for both toddler and parent!

5. Toddler books – keep Kyle entertained for hours!

4. Variety of toys for hours of playtime.  Kyle’s current favourites are: indoor slide, trucks, cars, blocks, miniature animals, balls, and workbench and tools.

Kyle on his slide

3. Grandparents – to watch Kyle for a few hours once a week (or more if lucky)

2. My blackberry – browsing, checking email and Facebook

1. Hugs, kisses and tons of cuddles from my son… or just a nice glass of red wine 😉

* I know what you’re thinking… Research has shown that kids shouldn’t watch any T.V. until the age of 2. Those researchers should try babysitting Kyle for a day.  They obviously didn’t stay home with their kids! P.S. stop judging me!

4 thoughts on “Top 10 things a stay-at-home parent of a toddler can’t live without”

  1. I totally agree with you on the TV point. I know there is pressure not to expose kids to it, but for us it is a necessity. In fact I’m going to buy a dvd today so that when my in laws babysit (they don’t have cable) they can have a little reprieve from my son’s boundless energy. I support you, Maya.

  2. I stuck to the no TV until 2 rule with my first, but the rules changed when the second one joined our household. I had to put them both in front of the TV while I made dinner or we didn’t eat!

    1. Hi Jane,
      I was on your site once before actually! I’m trying to recall how I found it 🙂 And no, it’s not creepy. I love that people can relate (mostly so I don’t feel so left-out). Looking forward to reading your blog regularly. I’m always on a look-out for fun mommy blogs. Xoxo

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