5 Ways for Lazy Moms to Keep the Kids Busy During Morning Sickness

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Is there anything worse than morning sickness during pregnancy? 

Whether it's the non-stop puking type of morning sickness, the morning sickness that never goes away, or the relentless nausea that causes you to dry heave instead of puke, the elusive morning sickness can be as frustrating as your inability to wear normal pants.

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But wait, there's more. 

What about when you're battling morning sickness with other little ones underfoot?

Ugh. 

Let the nausea commence. 

Because I'm right there with you mommas, currently pregnant with baby #4, and holding reign over a range of children ages 5, 3, and 1, I invite you to join me in this round-up which I have fondly dubbed “Ways for Lazy Moms to Keep the Kids Busy During Morning Sickness.”

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Printed coloring pages

This is hands down my go-to lazy-day activity for keeping my kids busy. I huddle us all around the computer and make a big deal of my kids getting to pick “whatever picture they want” to color. They get all excited, I hit print a few times, and bam!—at least 30 minutes for me to try to keep the puking at bay. 

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I use a lot of different sources to find free coloring pages online, but here is one example from Crayola to get you started! 

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A box of fun

I literally did this one yesterday. I pulled an empty (clean) box out of our to-be-burned pile, handed my kids a box of crayons, and told them they could decorate their new fort as much as they wanted. Use lots of enthusiasm on this one, and they will think this is a very special treat. After my kids were done decorating the fort, I handed them some snacks and a water bottle, and they giggled the morning away in their special fort while I smiled deviously to myself on the couch. 

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Hide a basket full of toys

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My girlfriend does this genius activity, and I admit, I've yet to get around to doing it, but it is genius in its simplicity. You know how when your kids go to someone else's house, they are thrilled to play with new toys? The same principle applies here. Early on in your pregnancy, grab a basket, fill it with a bunch of your kids' toys, and stash it away in a hidden place. On a day when you are feeling desperate for distraction for the kiddos, bring the basket out of hiding with much fanfare. Voila! Instant excitement. And the bonus? They're toys they already owned. 

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Play hair salon

If you're particular about your hairstyle, this one may not be for you, but one of my favorite (lazy) activities to do with my kids is to play hair salon. I hand the kids some spray bottles filled with a little bit of water, some fake scissors that don't really cut, combs, brushes, and barrettes galore and ask them to do my hair. While they work up a masterpiece with my locks, I close my eyes for a little guilt-free rest to battle the constant churning in my stomach.

Win-win. 

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Image via Flickr/ John Morgan

Play a board game

Even though this one may take more energy than I would like, playing a board game with my kiddos is an ideal activity when I'm not feeling the greatest because I can still grab a big pillow and flop down on the floor. Even my 1-year-old gets into playing games, especially if there are any sort of big cards involved. I feel a lot less like a lazy mom if I can summon up the energy to keep them involved and engaged while still resting myself somewhat. Candyland is a favorite of ours since it's great for all ages. 

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What are your best go-to activities for keeping the kids busy when you're not feeling the best? 

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5 Ways for Lazy Moms to Keep the Kids Busy During Morning Sickness

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    My 10-month old daughter loves boxes. If ever, this will work minus the crayola part 🙂

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