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

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?


  1. says

    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. Janet W. says

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

  3. says

    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.

  4. jessica saunders says

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

  5. Kelly Brown says

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

  6. Cindy B says

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

  7. Meegan Whitford says

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

  8. Cathy H says

    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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