So what do you do with your littlest tot?

Assalaamu alaikum πŸ™‚

Our littlest tot : Sakeenah didn’t have as great a presence when we were schooling before the holidays, she took two long naps in the day so I had ample time to do what needs doing. Now however she is everywhere!

What do I do?

The schoolroom is the place to be as far as she is concerned. If I leave her anywhere to crawl freely that is the first place she will crawl to! It has lots of math manipulative, craft supplies and it is all accessible to the older girls. Now I am either going to have to change the whole lay out of the room or keep her out.

I love that everything is there for the girls to see and choose from, but I don’t like keeping Sakeenah confined to a stroller or the passage as I had been doing previously.

She seems pretty contented in the space I have here but this plan wont last much longer as she is starting to climb over the barricade!

Then what?

Do you have any ideas?

What do you do with your littlest tot?


  1. Bismillaah

    As salaamu alaiki!

    I know this all too well lol! Zainab is 14 months and she’s been walking since 9 months! And I use to keep her in a high chair, pack’n’play , walker and stroller lol!!!! But I felt bad however she was very grabby so for her own safety she had to get locked down lol until I was able to supervise her. Then around 11 months or 12 I just started homeschooling her. Which she enjoys and when she can’t participate in certain activities she sits with the girls in the high chair and I talk to her and give her things to play with until the activity is over. From what I read online her age group can do activities painting (make eatable paint like jello milk etc), she can do flash cards or u can get the older girls to do an activity with her for Arts & Crafts. I have to re-read ur circle time- but u can include her πŸ™‚ that way when it’s time for her to be seated- u feel like u gave her adequate amount of attention πŸ™‚ hopes this helps

    • Umm Imaan says:

      Wa alaikum salaam ukhti shukran for your advice. Inside I went EEEEK at the thought of HS her right now! LOL! I will have to wait a bit till I have settled the other two into a routine insha Allah. I need to have Sakeenah into a “sit still for mommy routine”! And a “don’t put that in your mouth routine” πŸ™‚

      Masha Allah Zainab is joining you so nice and she is 14 months!
      It’s not easy managing 3 under the age of 6! May Allah make it easy for us πŸ™‚

      • Bismillaah

        [email protected]! Lol ur funny Mashaa’Allaah. I don’t know how you would get a 10 month old to stay still lol zainab sits still for some food lol!!! But once its gone – she’s gone!
        Did u see on Pintrest DIY I spy bottles- perhaps that may distract her???? Ones with glitter, rice, and other objects- and since u have ur glue gun u can seal the top. Let me know what u come up with as I too wouldn’t distracting Zainab on activities she can’t do πŸ™‚

        • Umm Imaan says:

          Assalaamu alaiki πŸ™‚ yes I reckon Sakeenah might stay still for food too lol πŸ™‚

          I saw a nice post about it yesterday! I think that would be a great idea. Also nice to use up my stash of plastic bottle’s I’ve accumulated πŸ™‚ It’s on that list of things to do πŸ™‚ I will let you know how if goes insha Allah.

  2. assalamu alaikum,
    mashaAllah, I like your new blog. It looks really nice.

    I did not know you had a small girl mashaAllah, she looks adorable. I can’t imagine being her on her own for a long time while you guys work . Having a small child can be little hard at times. I hope those who have different age kids could give you some tips. My kids are almost the same age and I sometimes forget what it would be having a small child in a busy homeschooling environment. My friends come and their kids start pulling out everything from the shelves : )But inshaAllah as time goes by quickly she will start to learn not to get into things that are not allowed. If I were you I would try to place things that are not suitable for small kids on the lower shelves. I usually place all arts and crafts materials in boxes in the closet (big kids can open the closet and get what they need).
    Hope you will find some help inshaAllah.

    • Umm Imaan says:

      Wa alaikum salaam ukhti πŸ™‚ Shukran for your advice. I was just chatting with my friend and also came to the conclusion that boxes are the solution insha Allah. It allows me to still use my shelves, just put the different resources in boxes that are still accessible to the older ones but not to her.

    • Umm Imaan says:

      Wa alaikum salaam πŸ™‚ Shukran so much for the links πŸ™‚ I have now added some thing new to my Neeeeed list LOL! Those drawers are exactly what I need! Insha Allah I will find something like that here πŸ™‚

      Jazzakillahu khair ukhti πŸ™‚

  3. as salaamu `alaykum…

    I am going to be completely unhelpful here πŸ˜› Your smally is SO PRECIOUS ma shaa Allah! LOL! I was chuckling so much as I looked at your pics! I think the other sisters have given very good suggestions ma shaa Allah. All I can say is, be patient… your older ones are also on the road to being more independent learners so in shaa Allah all will be easier sooner than you think!

    I could just run away with that Sakeenah! LOL!

  4. Umm Imaan says:

    Wa alaikum salaam Imaan πŸ™‚

    Aww, not unhelpful πŸ™‚ a kind word is always nice to hear.

    Hehehe…I tried out a new set up in the schoolroom yesterday and she tested it to the fullest getting her little fingers EVERYWHERE and using everything as a stepping stone LOL! She loves it, its like her own personal playground! Maybe I should keep her in there with me all day today so that the novelty can wear off. πŸ™‚

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