Wendy has always been very physically active. She turned over at three months, crawled at 7 months, climbed stairs at 8 months, and walked at 10 months. Occasionally she will sit quietly with a book or a puzzle & keep herself entertained, but for the most part - if the child is awake, she's moving. Running, climbing, jumping, spinning, dancing, wrestling, MOVING.
That can be tough in the wintertime & rainy days, when playing outside just isn't an option. Our house is small, and one very active toddler can really wreak havoc with the place. If we had a spare, you know, $30,000 laying around, I'd build on a playroom & floor it with gymnasium mats. Seriously. She'd love it.
She got a toy for her first birthday that has survived all the romping and has really become a favorite. It's her Fisher-Price Bounce & Spin Zebra. She used it a little from around 12-18 months, but she needed help balancing on it. But now? Now, she can jump and bounce and spin on that thing like crazy.
I seldom give out unsolicited product recommendations, but I just had to share the wonderfulness of this zebra with you, especially since a lot of my readers have toddlers underfoot. This toy is fantastic. If Wendy's being especially active, I ask her, "Why don't you go jump on your zebra?" She usually says, "Oh, awwight!" and happily bounces away for a while, burning up lots of energy!
The packaging says this toy is good for 12-36 months, so if you've also got a very active toddler (who may or may not drive you crazy when confined indoors) give it a try!!