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Splash Into Summer: Playdates with your Toddler




This is our final week of our Splash into Summer series and our theme is Friends.  I'm  going to talk about your toddler and friends today. I plan on giving you some tips on how to create that perfect playdate and help your toddler make some friends in the process.


I am a social butterfly and everywhere I go it's fun having other little people come up to me, well in some cases I go up to them and say "hi". At 18 months though I'm too self absorbed, yes I said it, to have an actual lifelong friend. Everything is still MINE at this stage but I can get some practice in.

Playdates: Encourage them. 

Playdates are a great way to start building that first friendship. Make sure that your toddler has had a nap and a snack before starting your playdate or you will have one cranky baby and that wouldn't be any fun. 

Don't force your toddler to play but instead gently encourage them to play with a few toys and if you must, get down with your toddlers and play as well.


Provide snacks that are healthy but also be aware of any allergies that the other toddler/s might have. You don't want an allergic reaction on your hands so ask the other mommies beforehand if there are any allergies you should be aware of. If you need ideas of snacks you can read about some of them in our Splash into the Summer: Picknicking with your Toddler

Allergies are not only food related so if you're hosting the playdate at your house enquire about allergies to pets as well. You may need to keep that furry companion locked away in another room or do another venue altogether. Sorry Kitty! 

My best friend Kitty might not be included
Remember that toddlers don't necessarily play with each other but rather alongside each other so be reasonable with your expectation. There might not be a lot of sharing since at this stage it's all about us and it's all mine. Be on the lookout for bad behavior such as hitting and biting and explain to your toddler that it isn't nice or acceptable.

I admit your first playdate might not go well but eventually you can have a great one and your toddler may just in fact have his/her first best friend for life.

The Splash Into Summer series ran from July 7 through July 27. Check out the other posts in this series from this fabulous group of bloggers: 

Sundays - Colleen from MommieDaze
Mondays - Tammy from Zucchini Summer
Tuesdays - Nicole from Momma on Wheels
Wednesdays - Katie from Gift of Curiosity
Thursdays - Michelle from The Paper Vine
Fridays - Terra from Life as a Field Trip
Saturdays - Madison from Growing Up Madison
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  1. The only thing I don't like about playdates, is the word 'playdates'! LOL. They're key to a mom's sanity, in my opinion.

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    1. Haha Terra. Seems like you may have had a bad experience. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. Your cat is so cute. I have to feed my daughter a lot before playdates at other houses, and still, she begs like a little puppy to eat anything they have.

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    1. Thank you Tamara. Scarlet just seems like she may just like to eat so you're gonna have to keep extra snacks around just for her. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. Good tips - when my kids were little the playdates usually just involved them playing separately while us moms got a chance to catch up and talk to other adults!

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    1. It is a great way for moms to catch up but I suggest staying very close by :) ♥ Madison

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  4. Great tips Madison! As a parent, it's sometimes frustrating to host play dates and have the kids not actually play together, but I also understand that it's totally normal at this age. And thanks for mentioning allergies - my son has them so this is a big deal to us!

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    1. Thank you Katie. We truly understand about allergies. Mommy has them as well so it's a big deal to us. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. Playdates are tough sometimes but totally worth it :) I agree with Terra, I absolutely hate the word playdate lol

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    1. Yes they are worth it. It's maybe the first place your toddler will make friends. Why do you hate the word playdates? ♥ Madison

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  6. I find playdates to be tough on me. Often I end up working more than I do when I'm at home. I have no idea why it works out that way.

    We have animal allergies, which are tough. With food, we can always bring our food. But the animals. The dander is all over the furniture - there is not much I can do. I did try one, but my son ended up with puffy red eyes, itching and messed up. It's not worth it. If the playdate is at an animal lovers house, we opt out. It just doesn't work.

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    1. Sometimes it may be best to just do a playdate at the park which is where mommy and I usually go. Lots more fun. :) ♥ Madison

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  7. great post. I remember the first few playdates my son had they definitely got better and he really enjoyed playing with other kids

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    1. yes it can be enjoyable. Happy that its getting better. :) ♥ Madison

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  8. Ahh, playdates - the best and worst things ever. I swear it is always the wacky families that want my girls over (the ones who couldn't parent more opposite of me if they tried) and the kids who are hooligans that want to come over (broken window - check. Peeing on the floor - double check). That being said, when you have them with the good kids- they are so great!

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    1. haha Krista. We're so sorry that you get the bad ones. Hopefully you'll get some good ones sometime soon. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. This is a great post. I am all for play dates. However, my oldest sometimes can be just so anti-social.

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    1. Thank you Victoria. They aren't all fun but when they are they can be great. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. My youngest hated playdates at first, but he loves them now :) My oldest on the other hand has always been great with being around other kids and has loved playdates from the start!

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    1. I love playdates. I love playing with other kids although I'm not always in a sharing mood. :) ♥ Madison

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