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How to Keep a Toddler Entertained While You're Jogging

by Kathryn Hatter

When you want to put some miles on with your toddler in the stroller, this will require a little creative planning and preparation. A jogging stroller can be the ideal vehicle to push your toddler in while you jog, as long as your little one is happily entertained while riding.

Attaching Toys

Select several engaging and entertaining toys that you can attach to the stroller using plastic links, suggest the authors of “What to Expect the Toddler Years.” Attach these toys to the side frame of the stroller so your child can hold the toys in his hands easily to play, yet if he drops the toys they will not hit the ground. Many toddlers enjoy musical and noise making toys, so you may wish to provide these toys for playing while you jog.

Rotating Entertainment

Rotate the toys you provide for your toddler frequently to keep the toys engaging and fresh for her. By selecting three different toys each day you run and rotating them over a week-long period, your child will only play with the same toys once a week. This should reduce boredom and help keep your child happier while you jog.

Running Interaction

Talk with your toddler while you jog to keep her engaged and happy, advise the authors of “What to Expect the Toddler Years.” Call her attention to points of interest as you pass, such as animals, trucks, people and gardens. Sing songs, rattle off rhymes, count or say the ABCs, ask questions or just talk about what you’re going to do later. Your toddler may forget to whine and complain if you keep her busy singing and rhyming in the stroller.

Consistent Expectations

Remain consistent in your expectations while you’re jogging to help your toddler learn what you want him to do. It may take a little time for a toddler to learn the jogging routine, according to Lisa Druxman and Martica Heaner, authors of “Lean Mommy.” If you interrupt your jogging every time your toddler fusses to soothe him or remove him from the stroller, he will have more difficulty learning how to stay happy and entertained in the stroller. Instead, choose a jogging time when your child is well-rested and happy, to make it more likely that he’ll cooperate and stay entertained while you jog.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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