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    Default Help 16 month old hates play dates at home

    Ds 16 months old seems to get really upset when ever we have another child over to play. I have tried children his own age, older, younger. He's ok for maybe 20 mins then he gets really upset. We have play dates at parks and he's fine, but at home he hates it. Has anyone else had this problem? any ideas of what i can do?


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    My guess would be that he is just not used to having other people in his space. Playing with his toys and stuff. If he's used to it being just him then it's a learning curve to have other kiddies coming in wanting to play with your stuff.
    I would try persisting with it so that he can get used to it.

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    DD2 wasn't keen on having kids over to play with her stuff at all until recently (she's 3). Basically after an hour she'd ask me to take them home. DD1 was very social so this came as a bit of a shock. I stopped having play dates for a while as I could see it was stressing her out, the guest wasn't having fun, so I didn't persist. Do you need to have play dates at your place? As you have said your son is fine at the park etc.

    16 months is pretty young for kids to really play with other kids (mostly it's parallel play til 3) I realise some kids enjoy play dates at an earlier age (like DD1) but what you're describing sounds pretty normal.

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    My DD used to get upset seeing other kids playing with her toys... Before people arrive I now get a toy box and ask her to fill it with toys that she is happy share with all her friends.. All the other toys have to go to her room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majke View Post
    My DD used to get upset seeing other kids playing with her toys... Before people arrive I now get a toy box and ask her to fill it with toys that she is happy share with all her friends.. All the other toys have to go to her room.
    Yes I'd forgotten this one. Not sure whether a 16 month old would be able to express this (DS1 is nearly 17 months old and I would have to work it out for him) but as they get older it's definitely a good tip. I've done it with both girls.

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