How long do you let them play independently?

Discussion in 'The Toddler Years(1-3)' started by babymOmmax2, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. babymOmmax2

    babymOmmax2 Well-Known Member

    I ask this because sometimes I feel so bad for leaving them downstairs for long periods of time, but they seem fine with it! I can usually let them play unsupervised (living room is blocked off & completely proofed) for 1.5-2 hours at a time. I always pop my head down the stairs to make sure their not getting in any trouble, but sometimes that's it. I guess I'm lucky for the time being that their not so clingy, so I guess you can say I'm enjoying it while it lasts!
  2. Callen

    Callen Well-Known Member

    I would let them play for as long as they liked @ that age, but not out of my sight.

    I have found things can happen to fast and things you could never have imagined.
  3. Andi German

    Andi German Well-Known Member

    For as long as they will!
  4. MNTwinSquared

    MNTwinSquared Well-Known Member

    Yep, as long as no one is getting hurt or upset, I love to encourage independent play. Kept my sanity at least!
  5. 2betterthan1

    2betterthan1 Well-Known Member

    The boys are always in earshot, just so I can hear screams or whatever. They are pretty much the same way. very easy going boys that love to play by themselves.

    I also pop my head in quite often.

  6. twinmuffin

    twinmuffin Well-Known Member

    As long as they will, so usually for me that means 10 minutes. But if they were playing happily in their rooms for an hour I would let them.
  7. Minette

    Minette Well-Known Member

    Mine would never play independently for more than 10 minutes at that age, so count yourself lucky! I think it probably helps that they're in an area where they can't see you. Our house is all open plan (and small), so I was in the same room with them unless I shut myself in a bathroom or bedroom (in which case they would inevitably come track me down). OTOH, I do agree with PP that no matter how safe you think the area is, there will be things there that they can make a mess or hurt themselves with (unless it's an empty room with padded walls and floor :D ). So I'd check on them visually every 15-20 minutes or so.
  8. AimeeThomp

    AimeeThomp Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    I let them play independently for as long as they are willing to do it. Sometimes they play in their room and sometimes I let them play on the back porch while I make something to eat. I just leave the door open and put some music on and they dance and run in and out of the house.
  9. Fran27

    Fran27 Well-Known Member

    Same as you, 1.5-2 hours sometimes, usually 1... If I was with them in the room it would totally not work though!
  10. Leighann

    Leighann Well-Known Member

    As long as they want to. I sometimes sit in the kitchen with the laptop while they play in the den (right in the next room over- and kind of connected). Some days they play so nicely together for an hour at a time, some days they can't go 1 minute without fighting over something.
  11. happychck

    happychck Well-Known Member

    in the mornings mine can last up to 40 minutes or so, but i can always see them (or hear them well and take a few steps to see them--they are in the living room). i never have them out of my site for more than a few minutes, though-- i'm always checking. and if they get quiet--i go running in, cuz that's never good;).

    if someone is visable they'll play even longer.... but at clingy periods (most of the rest of the day) they''ll only last a few minutes...... ones yelping for me now, gotta go!
  12. twinboys07

    twinboys07 Well-Known Member

    As long as they will happily do it! I don't even remember what that's like right now, as both of my boys have been attached to me for weeks due to one illness after another! :crazy: Independent play: something very good to look forward to!! ;)
  13. kingeomer

    kingeomer Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    I will let them play alone as long as they want to. Everything we need is on our main floor except for the bathroom, so I can supervise them the whole time (unless I have to change my diaper, that what's tell the kids when I need a potty break).
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