My oldest daughter’s first year in school is just coming to a close. Full day kindergarten has kept her busy and very conveniently given me a little more one-on-one time with the baby for the last eight months. Well, now summer break is upon us and I’m a little freaked out to tell you the truth. How in the world am I going to keep a five-year-old and a one-year-old busy, happy and entertained for 10 or 11 hours a day, five days a week? My husband works from home but he’s definitely not available as backup to take the big kid to the park just because she desperately wants to go to even though the baby is taking her nap. This is the sort of scenario that has a small part of me dreading summer break.

Surviving summer with a baby and their older siblings

So how do I plan to keep a very bouncy, busy, and high-energy girl entertained and busy enough that we both don’t go crazy? Honestly, I’ve been sort of obsessing over how to keep her just busy enough to keep her from exploding from boredom without running the baby ragged in the process for the last month or so. So the game plan is getting out of the house every day for at least a bit. This means a trip or two to the library to take part in their summer reading activities, a few park trips, a visit to a pool or splash park, a hike and a few play dates with friends each week. Mix in a smattering of week-long summer camps spread throughout the summer to boot. There will be a little bit of baking and crafting along the way too. And just to make sure we do some extra fun things this summer we’ve even made up a little summer bucket list filled with exciting things like buying ice cream from the ice cream truck and having a family water balloon fight.

I think I’ve come up with a pretty good plan for balancing the baby’s nap and downtime needs with the big kid’s need to go go go, but if I’m honest I’m still a little worried. I hope the plan works out. Wish me luck?

What are your best tricks to keep the big kids busy all while balancing the baby’s needs?

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