Wow I feel like an awful mommy now. I do talk to J and interact with him but a lot of times I have stuff that needs to get done so he is sitting in the Bumbo (which he loves) or in the rocker. He naps in the swing. He doesn't love the playmat I think because he doesn't like laying flat.
But generally I will take him with me if I'm going to be in a different room for awhile. The kids also talk to him and entertain him as well.
I can leave Rylee sitting and just hanging out and if my DD is in the same room she loves just watching her play and stuff.
Alissa what you describe is a huge thing with speech development. My friend had early intervention for her son and they basically taught her that what you describe is what they need for language but so many people don't do it because they feel funny talking to themselves basically and describing all their movements.
Good to know that there is an actual benefit to chattering away at a baby. DH kind of thinks I'm crazy. LOL!
Actually T does have a good entertaining effect on R. If R is getting bored/whiney and I can't go right to him, I usually ask T to entertain him. T will bounce him (if he's in his bouncy chair) and talk to him and sing to him, and it does buy me more time. I mean, T can't, like, babysit at his age (lol) but he can entertain the baby for a few minutes while I'm finishing something up. Reid also seems to like to just sit and watch him a lot of times. I don't know if it's enough to convince your hubby, but it is a small help.
Oh I'm totally sticking to that story. I think too when they are older, its even more true. You can go on vacation and let them build sandcastles together and let them play marco polo in the pool for hours. That's what me and my brother used to do.
Oh and we played the "dishes" game today. He was pretty entertained. So much that he got himself tired after that fell asleep without me even shushing or rocking him. It was amazing. Thank god. This week sucked. Today was ok after the first few hours in the morning. But I think his reflux is acting up again. But I've been reading about H2 blockers (zantac) and PPI's (prevacid) and I think he has grown out of his PPI dosage. I'm waiting it out, because I know you can develop a dependency on those. I did when I was on prilosec a couple of years ago. When I stopped taking it, I had a couple of really bad days and then I was fine. So maybe he is weaning himself off. If not, then we go to the doc next week and talk about increasing dosage.
Sorry that was random.
I have the same issues. Jule likes to be held...while I'm standing. She gives her swing about...2 mins before she's mad. I can't sit on the couch and hold her or she gets bored. She likes walks...but its been soooo hot! So, I am constantly changing the way she's sitting or whatnot to keep her occupied. I want to buy her a walker or exersaucer. I don't think she is quite ready for it yet, but she's getting close.
Jessica we got this like insert thing that is like a vest and you put baby in then put in excersaucer and it is awesome. We got it from one step ahead but their site is down right now. I will take a pic tomorrow and send it because it is awesome and we are putting in rykee in excersaucer with it
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Here is the thing we have. It works awesome. Best money we spent with DD and today Rylee loved it. I know some people stuff towels around them but this just was easier and worked great.