My son spent most of his first four months of life in a hospital. Suffice to say, we haven’t had much in the way of normal family time, but he has fared far better — medically, socially, and emotionally — than we ever could have dreamed.
The problem? Because he is so recently post-transplant, he can’t be in most public spaces without either a wee baby-sized face mask or without being in his stroller under a rain cover to block out airborne germs. Even with precautions in place, he can’t be around other children, pets, or large crowds. This is parenting in a vacuum, however wonderful it may be.
Sometime last week, I realized that I was playing the exact same five games with him — on repeat — all day. We have walked around the block until we were both dizzy, and we had read every single book more times than either of our interests could handle. I’ve basically run out of things to do with him that are safe, doctor-approved, and still developmentally stimulating. Heck, I’ve even abandoned my “no screen time!” policy and resorted to cartoons and watching YouTube videos with him sometimes.
I’d love to hear about playtime activities, toys, potential field trip destinations, or any other ideas that have worked out there in Offbeat Mama land. What games, activities, and other fun stuff do you do with your really little guy or gal indoors or in a low-key setting? — Goldfish Fox