How To Entertain A 1 Year Old – Keeping Baby From Boredom


I often wondered to myself many times if my toddler was bored. Am I playing with her enough? Is the play exciting enough? Is playing with the same toys over and over again boring? Maybe I was over-thinking it because I find kids this age find the simplest things amusing and fun. We live in Canada where we experience winter for 6 months out of the year so I had to change things up for her now and again since we couldn’t go outside.


Singing Songs And Dancing

This is probably a no brainer but my daughter loves when I sing songs such as Ba Ba Black Sheep, Itsy Bitsy Spider and many others and she especially likes it when I act it out (Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, anyone).



She also loved when I turned up the radio and danced with her in my arms. She smiles and laughs the whole time (while I was getting a sort of work out).


Baby Playgroups

Our library has playgroups for babies as well as toddlers and it’s free which is a win-win in my books. Plus you and the little one get out of the house. Baby can interact with other kids their age and you can have an adult conversation. I also would see what songs they sang and activities they did and would use that for at home.



It is a great little outing once a week especially in winter when the outside is cold and snowy and the house seems a little lame!



Going For Walks And To The Park

Another no brainer thing to do if you want to get out of the house. In the spring and summer when the weather is nice and warm I try to go for a walk to the park once a day. My daughter loves the swings and this year I’m interested to see what she will think of the sand. It’s also a great way to meet other kids in the neighborhood around the same age.



Last year when I would walk to the park I met some women who had kids around the same age as my daughter and I wouldn’t have met them any other way.


Discovery Boxes

These discover boxes is pretty cool idea that I never would have thought of on my own. You just need a small box or a wicker basket and place things in there that baby can take out and play with. Small Tupperware containers with black beans, rice or split peas can be little shakers.



A wooden spoon and a small pot to bang on is always a good one. A spatula, tongs and soup spoons also work. My daughter loved taking those out and banging them around and putting them back just to do it all over again. You could also put books or some toys that have been long forgotten at the bottom of the toy box to re-discover.



Keep It Simple

You don’t have to do anything too over-the-top to keep your 1 year old entertained. They tend to find the little things amusing. I think us adults tend to think they are more bored than they are. We get bored more easily as we have seen so many things before but our little ones are still experiencing many things for the first time.

What did you do to keep your little one occupied? Did you try any of the above? I would love to know in the comments below.





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6 thoughts on “How To Entertain A 1 Year Old – Keeping Baby From Boredom

  1. My kids are teenagers now, but I can definitely relate to the one-year-old boredom issues. I used to look so forward to nap time! Oh, not for the kids, but for me LOL.

    We did many of the things you are recommending, walks to the park, singing songs, playgroups. We used to go to the park so often, I think people gave me funny looks. You are spot on though with keeping it simple. I think kids that age just want to be with you, and you know what, even my teenagers still want that. We used to read to our kids all the time to and they loved it.

    Thanks for sharing, this brought back some wonderful memories for me.

    1. It’s nice to hear that your teenagers still like to be with you! I keep hearing people tell me to cherish these years because soon she will be a teenager and won’t want to spend time with you anymore. That gives me hope.

  2. Great info! When my kids were babies/toddlers I had various toys, and books for them to play with, took for walks etc – mostly all the regular things.. Although my son would ALWAYS get into the cupboards to play with all the things in there such as pots and pans- I had such a hard time getting him to stop going into them! I probably should have just brought out a bunch of things from the kitchen for him to actually play with!

    1. Lol luckily my daughter hasn’t had the urge to go through the cupboards yet but I think it’s only a matter of time. I can’t wait for the warm weather to hit so we can go outside more!

  3. Hi Erin,
    You have done a great job with this blog and I am sure you will be able to help a lot of Moms looking for ways to keep their little ones busy.
    Wishing you all the best, Jill

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