Games you can effectively play one-handed, while breastfeeding.
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So, my wife, our four-month-old, and I spend a lot of time together on the couch these days while our baby nurses. We've watched pretty much every episode of Duck Dynasty and Chopped, and are now trying to use the time to get some more gaming in. Playing at the table is kind of out of the question since she has to sit a fair bit away from the table's edge. So, I've had a fun and interesting challenge recently of finding games that can:

A. Be effectively played with one hand (she can hold her hand of cards in the other, but that's about it)

B. Be played with a very small amount of table space (no board or very small board, no player mats, etc)

C. Relatively short and simple, but still fun and engaging.

I figure someone must have been in this situation before, so I'm compiling a list of the games that have worked out well for us so far. I'd also be very grateful for some suggestions from others!

To give you a better idea of our setup, we have a three-seat sofa. She sits on one end, I sit on the other, and a small, level lapdesk sits between us on the center cushion. The reason the games need to be one-handed is because she wouldn't be able to turn to face the lapdesk.

Edit: Also, we have a dice tray for dice games!
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1. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:293]
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This is one of our biggest go-to games for the couch. Super easy to play, small amount of components, and compact. I keep the draw pile near me and hand her a card when she wants one.

 
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The market gets a little messy on our playing surface, but this is still a fun, easy game to play.
 
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3. Board Game: PLAGUE: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:8829]
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Probably the easiest game to play, components-wise, since you don't draw at all during rounds. You deal out all the cards and just mill your hand, turn by turn. Winning hands are pushed to the edge of the board and stay there very nicely. For 2-player, I often remove the special cards.
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This game--provided it funds on Kickstarter--will likely replace Plague for us. The cards are bigger, it's more streamlined, and I think my wife will enjoy the theme a lot more. (It's a retheme of Plague, from the designer)
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This game is so simple that it doesn't even come with a rules document--they're printed on the back of the very small box. Very light, but makes an appearance once or twice a week.
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Great dice game that is very easy to play and doesn't take a lot of space. We use a dice tray.
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Of course I had to mention this one--it's a classic!
 
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We love this game--simple and easy to play.
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Simple yet fun trick-taking game where you predict how many tricks you think you'll take. I will admit that you have to pick up your hand each round, but otherwise not too hard and (a big plus) doesn't take up much room at all.
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We tend to go for games like this that don't require a hand of cards. Otherwise we use the card racks that we got with Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia.
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