For WFH Parents: 5 Toys That’ll Keep Your Toddler Busy

Work-from-home parents know the struggle of keeping their tots preoccupied. So here are some toys to keep your toddler busy!

For parents who work from home and have no nanny or helper, it can be a challenge to keep toddlers preoccupied—especially when you’re in a meeting with the big bosses. The fact that most toddlers take just one nap a day and have longer wake windows add to the struggle, too. Sometimes, in order to keep them entertained, you resort to screen time with Blippi or Ms. Rachel. But the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies younger than 18 months get no screen time at all. So if you’re stuck in a rut, we’ve listed some toys to help keep your toddler busy for a while.

Toys to Keep Your Toddler Busy

1. Busy Boards or Cubes

Toys for Toddlers - Busy Cube
Toys for Toddlers - Busy board

Busy Boards or Cubes are a great way to keep your toddler entertained while also developing their coordination, fine motor skills, and sense of touch. Most of the activities include opening zippers, pressing buttons, and tying strings. Though the items are not a choking hazard for toddlers, it’s best to keep them close while they’re playing so you can monitor them while working.

2. Learning Tablets

Toys for Toddlers - Vtech Learning Tablet

Top toy brands like Fisher Price and VTech have developed learning tablets for toddlers. These have educational games and a variety of fun activities! They can learn words and numbers or even play music.

3. Stacking Blocks

Toys for Toddlers - Stacking Blocks

There are many types of stacking blocks but this colorful, Montessori-inspired one from Maa Muh has 32 pieces that can definitely keep your toddler busy. Moreover, it can help develop their motor skills, coordination, and control. It allows them to be creative and imaginative, too!

4. Kitchen Toy Set

Toys for Toddlers - Kitchen Toy Set

Kitchen toy sets are a great way to keep toddlers busy. Many parents have shared that their children can play here for hours. And the great thing about most kitchen toy sets these days is that they come in different colors, shapes, and sizes to accommodate the design and space of your home.

5. Cloth Books

Toys for Toddlers - Cloth Books

For babies and tots who love to read, cloth books can definitely keep them preoccupied for a while. They’re soft, durable, non-toxic, and waterproof—plus you don’t need to worry about the pages ripping!

Toys that keep toddlers busy help parents multitask!

These kinds of toys can definitely entertain and educate your toddlers for a while and in doing so, allow you to multitask and get things done. So it’s a win for both parent and child!

More stories for parents with toddlers:

5 Honest Reminders for Parents with Toddlers

Life in Tokyo: Isabel Cang on Raising a Toddler in Japan

8 Things to Say to a Crying Toddler Instead of “Stop Crying”

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