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Bringing The Snow Indoors: How Toddlers & Babies Can Enjoy The Snow When They Can’t Go Outside

There are used tissues crumpled on the night stand next to the baby’s rocking chair. At this point I don’t know whose is whose, so they all go in the trash.

Mommin’ ain’t easy treating a sick child while you’re sick yourself. Our little Peanut went back to the doctor, bronchiolitis and the start of an ear infection. I couldn’t actually bring her myself since I went to the walk in, I was diagnosed with the flu.

We got our first snow of the season this past weekend. Everyone in the house has been sick. Since my son was on the mend we let him enjoy some shoveling on the front porch for a few minutes. That way we could see him from the front door and keep the sick baby inside. I didn’t want Peanut to totally miss out on her first snow, but we couldn’t bring her outside. Once she was feeling a little better and on meds I decided to do an old trick I did with my son when he was younger.

There are times when you can’t, or don’t want to go outside with the kids in the snow…illness, avoiding the fight to get the kids back inside, time outs, laziness, hatred for the snow. Whatever it may be there’s a simple solution to keeping babies, toddlers, and parents happy without having to step foot in the snow…bring the snow inside!

Use an infant bathtub to bring snow inside to play

For my son we would fill his old infant bathtub with snow, place a towel underneath, grab shovels or kitchen utensils, and keep refilling with snow from outside.

While my daughter isn’t old enough to build a snowball and play, it was a chance for her to explore a new texture. I scooped snow into a smaller Tupperware container. She wasn’t sure what to think of it but gradually became accustomed to the coldness and dug her hands in gently.

Bringing the snow indoors to play

The next time you want the fun of the snow without having to actually go outside, use what you got in the house and play til their hearts content…or until you have a water table instead of a snow table.

Bringing The Snow Indoors: How Toddlers & Babies Can Enjoy The Snow When They Can't Go Outside

5 thoughts on “Bringing The Snow Indoors: How Toddlers & Babies Can Enjoy The Snow When They Can’t Go Outside

  1. This isn’t such a great idea. My daughter loves the snow but sometimes it is way too cold to stay outside. I’ll try this next time!

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