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    How do you entertain your baby? How often? And for how long?

    I either keep him on my lap and do songs and blow bubbles on his belly, or we play on his play mat where he has lots of toys. We do the ymca song with his arms and chugga chugga choo choo with his legs. Along with some other song and dance stuff.

    We typically do this after each feeding, and I am currently feeding him 8 times a day. He is entertained for about 30 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes max before he is ready for a nap. Here is the deal. If I don't stay with him while he plays he gets fussy. And I know that you ladies say its too early for separation anxiety, but I wish he could entertain himself for 5 minutes without crying. Maybe I need to change my expectations. But I am not sure how you ladies with more than one kiddo do it?
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    Sometimes I feel like I am ignoring Rylee and when I mentioned this to the pedi she said there is very little as far as stimulation at this point. She rotates around from swing, chair, play mat on back and belly and on my lap. I really would not say I entertain her per say but I talk to her when I come near her and we give her attention. I know it was similar with my older daughter and I felt the same way but as a baby there is not a lot to do. Everyone parents differently and we are not against tv in our house which some are adamantly against so it is all different. DD is extremely advanced in learning and speech but I know may not be the case for Rylee.
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    My DS was like your Henry. He needed constant interaction and stimulation. Most activities would only entertain him for about 10 minutes at a time before we had to move on to something else. Unfortunately, he was like that until he became mobile. It was hellish when my hubby deployed during the 4th-6th month. I could barely get the dishes done! It's so tiring, but now that he's 5, I can appreciate how that all rolls into the person he is today and I wouldn't change a thing about him. I would have thought someone was crazy if they told me that when he was 2 months old though!

    This one is really good about playing with her playmat or with the toy bar on her bouncy. She's also very happy just to "talk" back and forth. I find it's no effort to entertain her, where it was a lot of effort with DS.

    Try not to pressure yourself to feel like you have to make the most of every second he's awake. If you're feeling burnt out, you can wear him and let him look around his surroundings or maybe just go for a walk.
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    Kylie is pretty content. She will sit in her bouncy seat and just look around or at the dangly toys on the bar. She will lay on her back on her play mat and look at all the toys there and kick and reach for the toys. She will also lay on her belly but I don't leave her alone when she is on her belly. She is also perfectly happy on the couch looking at the tv. Kylie also loves when we lay her in her crib and turn her mobile on. She becomes all smiles and coos and kicks her legs.

    I too sometimes feel like i'm ignoring her because I NEED to get the dishes done or do something with my DS, but at this point until she is bigger and more mobile and can actually "play" there is not much to do. But, we talk to her constantly and she loves to talk back. She is not lacking in attention by any means.
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    I was given copies of a set of books produced by our government when my DS was born. Here's the link to one
    Move Baby Move (Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing)

    It covers all ages of infancy and activities that can be done at those ages
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    So its normal that he always needs me to play with him? He just really can't be left alone. My DH says he is a momma's boy already. He is pretty needy, I wish I could leave him in a bouncer or swing so I can cook dinner. I can do most things while wearing him, but cooking is the only thing I can't do. I am always afraid the oil will pop him.

    Don't get me wrong, I love playing with him. He loves music, when I need to get things done, I put him in the wrap and turn on some music and dance with him while I clean. Or use him as my henry guitar ( air guitar). Heehee.

    And thanks Wendy!
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    So its normal that he always needs me to play with him? He just really can't be left alone. My DH says he is a momma's boy already. He is pretty needy, I wish I could leave him in a bouncer or swing so I can cook dinner. I can do most things while wearing him, but cooking is the only thing I can't do. I am always afraid the oil will pop him.

    Don't get me wrong, I love playing with him. He loves music, when I need to get things done, I put him in the wrap and turn on some music and dance with him while I clean. Or use him as my henry guitar ( air guitar). Heehee.

    And thanks Wendy!
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    I think it's fairly normal for his age. Reid is getting better about giving me longer times where I can sit him in his bouncy seat for a little bit (not for a long amount of time, but maybe 5-10 minutes or so) and he'll just hang out. What I do with him when I need to get stuff done is just bring him in the room with me, set him either on a blanket on the floor or in his bouncy seat, and then kind of incorporate him in what I'm doing. For example, if I'm folding laundry, I will have him on the floor next to me, and I will show him the clothes and talk to him about the colors and rub the fabric on his hands so he can feel the different textures. "Laundry" may not sound like a fun game to an adult, but he seems to like it okay. Same thing for when I'm doing the dishes. I don't actually rub dirty dishes on the baby (lol!) but I will hold things up for him to see and talk to him about the colors and what the dishes are used for ("this is Bubba's favorite cereal bowl because it has a frog face! Rrrrrrribbit!") And sometimes I do rub the clean dishes against his hands so he can feel ("This is plastic. This is ceramic. This is metal.") Stuff like that.
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    Ha I play the laundry game too. I havent done it with the dishes though. I will try it tomorrow!
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    Yes, you can do it with pretty much anything you're doing.
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