Keeping Toddlers Busy: Pom Poms & Bottles (Mom Made Easy)

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Keeping Toddlers Busy: Pom Poms & Bottles

Keeping Toddlers Busy

When I was pregnant everyone told me that the newborn stage was the more difficult. Um… why did they lie to me? Yes, having a newborn was exhausting and I cried a lot as we struggled with breastfeeding. But W slept fairly well and I could put him somewhere and he stayed there! I could go in the kitchen without fearing disaster or an ear-piercing scream.

The newborn stage was heaven compared to toddlerhood! When was the last time I got to go to the bathroom by myself? Well it was last week because W didn’t notice. So I stayed in there an extra 10 minutes just because I could! Now when I need to go into the kitchen, he attaches himself to my leg or stands at the baby gate and hollers at me. I’ve learned the key is keeping toddlers busy.

Keeping Toddlers Busy

Pom Poms and Bottles

I’m always on the hunt for cheap ways to keep W entertained. I love activities that also promote his learning or skill development. I was at the craft store a few weeks ago and picked up a bag of sparkly pom poms that were on sale. When I got home, I scoured the kitchen for old bottles from spices or sprinkles.

I washed and dried the bottles and put them in a tupperware with some of the pom poms. W was entertained for at least 30 minutes! For the price of the bag of pom poms (that I have used in multiple projects) I found something to keep him busy! By changing out the bottles (we used clean baby bottles once) it’s a new activity every time!

Cheap, easy, and it actually keeps my toddler busy! It also helps him develop his motor skills which is just an extra bonus. I was actually able to make lunch without him under my feet. It was a pom pom miracle!

How do you keep your toddler busy?

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About Mariah Moon

Mariah is a former teacher and mother of a rambunctious little boy living in The Woodlands, Texas. She recently welcomed a little girl into the family and is learning how to balance a toddler and an infant! She works every day to figure out how to balance all of her roles and figure out her formula for being mom! She can also be found at Mommy Mindset Media, Disney DIY and Noise Girls.


  1. I don’t have kids but I find my cats to be very similar to this haha. If I try to close the door to the bathroom they are scratching on it or are at my feet in the kitchen – keeping them busy definitely helps too. :)
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  2. Wow, and he just kept playing with the pom poms? Neat idea!
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  3. That’s a great idea! I feel your pain – my 20 month old is keeping me running like never before. And he’s my 4th too! I may try this with him – thanks for the tip! :)
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  4. When my kids were small I kept all of the tupperware and wooden spoons in a bottom cabinet, which they were free to open, empty and play with whenever they wanted. We all do what we can to make our (and their) lives more entertaining!
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  5. What a great idea! I will have to pick some pom poms and other little items up at the craft store
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  6. Great idea!! My daughter also loves empty Kleenex boxes. She was captivating for quite a while just plopping balls in and then trying to get them out.

  7. It is difficult to keep my toddler busy as well, so this is a great idea. He has recently been going through a very clingy period that does not allow me a great deal of time to get anything accomplished, so maybe a trip to the dollar store is in order.

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