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by Jacqui O'Leary (subscribe)
Jacqui O
Published May 9th 2015
Finding sanity with a 1 year old
After my son turned 1, everything changed.

Coffee dates with my friends were over and sipping a nice cup of coffee while my son sat happily in the pram with his toys, seemed a long time ago!

He loves to run and who can blame him really, after a whole year of watching the world go by and not being a part of it.

The beach is great for a place to run

My coffee is always ordered in a takeaway cup now in case I need to make a mad dash out the door after my son or he just gets too cranky and we have to leave and have coffee on the go.

A Coffee in the park will be your life saver, with numerous parks north and south of the river having access to a timely and convenient coffee van.

Rotary Park, Wanneroo
My son at Rotary Park, Wanneroo

I plan ahead and think of age appropriate things for us to do. If my friends without kids want to meet for lunch, then we meet somewhere to get takeaway and go to a park so I can eat on the run and chase him around. If you have a typical boy, then I'm sure this will sound very familiar. There is little sitting involved. Something you can eat one-handed will always come in handy. And don't forget the ball!

If you are heading into the City for the day, then don't forget the obvious choice of Kings Park, with many options which will delight your little one and keep them happy. You can even have an adventure on public transport and more than likely your little one will sleep the whole way home.

Anywhere with big, open stretches of grass with a bit of distance between the road, is a good choice. Synergy Parklands in Kings Park is a good option, but you do want to be careful around the lake in the centre.

The Ivey Watson playground is an even better choice if you have a very little person, as the playground is tailored for children under 6.

Supreme Court Gardens is another lovely choice for lunch, with a large, green grassed area and many places to sit.

When you look for toddler appropriate playgrounds, a fence will not go astray if your child likes to run towards the carpark.
Rotary Park in Wanneroo has been my latest park of choice. Complete with access to 'A Coffee in the Park', this fantastic playground has age appropriate play equipment from 1 onwards and the main wooden structure is shaped like a Pirate ship to encourage your child's imagination through play. The playground even has a wheelchair swing for handicapped children.

If the weather is a bit on the rainy side then you have a smorgasbord of choice when it comes to indoor playgrounds for the little ones:
-Go Bananas
-Chipmunks with many different locations from north to South.
-Mighty Jungle
-Atlantis Play Centre
-The Playground

Mighty Jungle, Morley
Playing at Mighty Jungle, Morley

You not only get to play with the littlest of children in a safe and fun environment, you can enjoy a coffee and some lunch at the cafe which even has delicious vegetarian options, I found to much delight.

Life with a 1 year old is never dull and every day is a different adventure. It is important though to plan accordingly and to recognise that things have changed over the past six months and your sanity needs a new plan of action.

There is always wine, but more importantly there is a safe and fun way to get through this new period with your child and many, many options to make it the very best time for the two of you.
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Why? Every Mum needs a break
When: Every Day
Where: Perth, WA
Cost: Free-$12
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