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eliann's picture
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Entertaining baby

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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:lurk: 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. Smile

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"eliann" wrote:

So its normal that he always needs me to play with him?

It's normal for Henry. I really believe that some babies are just needy no matter what type of parents you are. When my ds was that age, I cooked dinner while he was napping, whether it was dinner time or not. I promise it'll get better girl. You have a high needs baby and he requires a lot of attention and work right now. It's exhausting, I know, but please believe me, once he becomes mobile, you'll be having a blast with him. Please feel free to pm me if you need to vent or just want to talk.

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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.

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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.

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Good to know that there is an actual benefit to chattering away at a baby. DH kind of thinks I'm crazy. LOL!

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So DH is hardcore against having a second kiddo after having a colicky baby. But this thread proves my point of kids entertain each other, hence the 2nd would be easier, right? Ha, I am sure you are all rolling your eyes.

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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. Smile

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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.

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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.

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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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Hugga Bebe Deluxe Infant Support - Green | BabiesRUs

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.

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Rylee is so cute!

Updating to say that my little guy has grown up since this post, he even lets me set him in his bouncy seat. He would never stay in that thing for more than a few seconds. Its been great, I can actually eat lunch without wearing my baby and getting crumbs on his head.

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Rylee is so cute!

Updating to say that my little guy has grown up since this post, he even lets me set him in his bouncy seat. He would never stay in that thing for more than a few seconds. Its been great, I can actually eat lunch without wearing my baby and getting crumbs on his head.

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Whoa Aimee that is really really cool!! I might have to use my BRU credit to get that!!

Yay for a happier baby Elizabeth! And haha about the crumbs - I am always apologizing for getting food in my kid's hair - sauce, crumbs, you name it!

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