Post # 17
I was just having a similar conversation with a close friend who said my house was friendly for her son – he’s 3 and she’s only now getting comfortable bringing him around. I understand why they don’t want to, also – it’s super stressful being outside of your own environment and honestly no fun for the parents having to run around after their kids.
In any case – for boys, those little matchbox cars are great when they get older – 2+ and will last forever.
Mr. Potato head is great for all ages – as are little animal toys – like a barnyard type thing. Ditto on the books, etc.
If you have a way that you can contain the kids – ie: gates on doorways – so they aren’t running around all over the house but stay in one central section – I think that would be helpful from a parenting perspective.
Post # 18
it’s selfish – I’m more of a “parent person” than “kid person” and I want my friends to actually hang out again! 🙂
Post # 19
So for a 1-2 year old … are the following okay?
-Duplos (big legos)
-smallish stuffed animals (like, 6-8 inches tall)
-Sturdy picture books (maybe the cardboard kind?)
Any other suggestions specific to that age?
Also, parents: would you appreciate if your friend had a booster seat/high chair, or would that be weird? what ages of kids typically use those?
Post # 20
I second the idea of keeping some wipes in your home. They are great for kids but can be used to get spots out of clothing and such too so multipurpose for you.
I also second the idea of Crayola marker books with the special markers. My newphew and niece both love them. They are 5 and 2.
Post # 21
I agree with all the advice above but can I just give you a HUGE Thank you!? You have NO IDEA how wonderful it is to see someone without children wanting to be so accomidating to those of us with children. You are a great, great friend =)
P.S. Its not selfish of you at all to mostly do this to keep in touch with you adult friends. You have no idea how I would of wished that my adult friends without kids would of done something a little like this instead of expecting me to get a babysitter everytime I turn around or just completely ditching my husband and I.
Post # 22
Okay – wipes – parents, are all wipes made the same? Or is there a brand I should look for that’s better quality/gentler/more durable/whatever?
Post # 23
I really like the Target wipes and I think the idea of a booster seat or something would be great if you think it will get enough use. They have some that go from 6 months all the way to several years old and are only around $40. Babies 6ish months and up need someplace safe to be put down or else you’re holding them all the time.