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Getting Stuff Done With A Toddler Around

By Emily |

As mamas of toddlers, our jobs involve so much more than just looking after them all day. Whether we work, at home or outside the home, or being a home manager is our primary job, we have so many responsibilities to juggle every single day.

But let’s be honest, sometimes it can be really hard to get anything remotely productive done with our favorite little people around.

Whether demanding our attention, or making a ginormous mess in the other room while we’re working on something, toddlers often don’t make our life any easier.

I’ve been struggling with the “How to get stuff done?”, question lately, and I think I may have come up with an answer.

Busy Bags.

The concept isn’t a new one, I definitely didn’t come up with it on my own. After seeing lots of inspiration on Pinterest and different blogs, I decided I need to make up some of these for my son for times that I need to get some things done, and I don’t want him making a huge mess, or staring at a screen for an extended amount of time.

My daughter is starting morning preschool this week, and I know my son is going to be missing his favorite playmate and look to me to fill that void.  And while I’m really looking forward to spending some quality one-on-one time with him for the first time in his life as a second child, I also want to take advantage of the time to be able get things done that I need to get done.

So, I’m going to spend this week coming up with plans for busy bags to make, and I’ll share my inspiration with you in another post.  And over the next few weeks I hope to put together some busy bags that will give my toddler a new and fun way to stay occupied so I can focus on some of the things that I need to get done while my toddler is around.

Have you made activity bags for your toddler?  Do you have any suggestions or favorites of what types of activities I should include in my bags?

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Emily McClements is passionate about caring for creation while saving money at the same time. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family's journey toward natural and green living on a budget at Live Renewed. Read bio and latest posts → Read Emily's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Getting Stuff Done With A Toddler Around

  1. Carrie says:

    Looking forward to this, I could really use some ideas for a toddler who still puts everything in her mouth (20 months). Especially things I can throw in the diaper bag and take to a doctor’s appointment.

  2. Lindsay says:

    I made a bunch recently. Check out my blog post about it:

    My 2.5 year old loves them!!

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