How Do You Keep Your Kids Entertained at Doctor Appointments? #attunite

by Teresa B

There are appointments that we moms have each week or month and bringing along our children is something that can not be avoided. I visit a doctor about every month or so depending on my schedule and I bring my children along with me every time. It is actually more of a hassle to attempt to schedule a babysitter for these short visits than it is to bring my children with me. They are accustomed to tagging along and for the most part are well behaved.

However, there are moments when going to the doctor with mom {again} are the very last obligation they wish to be included. These are the visits when they do not have good listening ears and I want to be swallowed up into a black hole in the floor. We’ve all been there, right?

Earlier this week, I had my usual appointment and I was dreading it a bit because I knew this month’s visit was going to be a longer one. These are the visits where my children don’t sit in their seats, ask the doctor no less than 6,000 questions and basically let me know they do not want to be in a small room with me.

A light bulb went off in my head prior to leaving and I had the brilliant idea to bring along my AT&T Unite and the children’s iPod Touches. My girls were so delighted they were going to have wifi at the doctor’s office. How cool are they? Little people get so exited about technology. Oh, who am I kidding, I get excited about technology as well!

I was thrilled because my girls were going to be so engrossed in their game units they would simply forget they were at the boring doctor’s office with mom. My doctor even commented on how well behaved my children were that morning. I didn’t even leave the office in a panicked, sweaty frame of mind.

About the AT&T Unite

The AT&T Unite is a mobile hotspot that offers you wireless internet access on the go. It has 4G capabilities and is very affordable. The unit itself is priced at only .99 with a 2-year contract and only $20 a month, which can be added to your family mobile share plan.

Do you have any tips about bringing your kids with you to doctor’s appointments?

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1 Tanya August 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Mine is not quite 4 and I usually don’t bring him. He tries to touch everything and grap everything still. I only go about every 6 months though so getting a sitter is no big deal. If I were going more often I would have to think of a way to keep him entertained though.


2 Anne August 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

I leave them at home with my mom.


3 Janet W. August 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

My grandsons always play with our iPhones while waiting in a waiting room. It usually keeps them busy and entertained.


4 Forgetfulone August 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

I think kids should be left at home if possible. I had my annual ob/gyn appointment last week, and there were a few kids in the waiting room, but what bothered me was that there were two pre-teen boys in the “more private,” inner waiting area, laughing, chatting, and playing games, and that is just not the kind of environment I’m comfortable with. First, they could overhear sensitive information. Second, they were noisy and annoying. I just generally think a doctor’s office should be quiet and calm. Most kids don’t turn off the sound of their games, and they put their feet up on the chairs, and they whine or cry, and their parents are often oblivious. Besides, kids spend enough time playing on gaming devices and such. A babysitter would be better.


5 Barbara Platt August 12, 2013 at 7:16 am

with electronics for sure


6 Claudia August 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

i keep mine with the babysitter.


7 courtney b August 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

its so hard! i bring plenty of snacks, even though those are usually not allowed lol oh well!


8 jessica saunders August 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

book to read to them, a nice long chapter one, it’s usually entertaining for any other kids too, and I love reading aloud!


9 Mozi Esmes mom August 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I pull out my ipod more often than not… :)


10 Kelly Brown August 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I would always get the Highlights magazines in the waiting room and we would read and do the activities in the magazine.


11 michelle b. August 28, 2013 at 3:23 am

I have children old enough to watch there siblings so I never take kids with me except if I have a nursing baby.


12 Barbi August 28, 2013 at 4:46 am

Games, puzzles, tablets, smartphones, educational electronics of course!


13 Cindy B August 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

My grandson has downloaded some sports apps on my phone and I let him play them when he needs to be kept entertained.


14 Meegan Whitford August 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

This would be great since they are usually all over the place and getting into everything because of boredom


15 Cathy H August 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

There have been so many times when I wished for a wifi connection… I’m sure this device is a wonderful thing for many mommas!


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