so i feel like Lucas isn't getting stimulated properly. he plays in his exersaucer, holds his toys, and sometimes i put him on the floor and he wiggles on his stomach. sometimes we read a book, if it's nice out i take him for a walk or to the park, and i have tried blowing bubbles with him but he doesn't seem interested lol. i know it depends on what your baby is doing as some on here are doing way more stuff then Lucas is right now, but what do you do to entertain your babies or play with them? i feel like he is stuck in his exersaucer or bouncy chair all day even though that isn't the case. i think part of it too was his naps and because he only napped for 3o minutes there was a lot more awake time. the past week he has been taking 1-2 hour naps but that might just be because he is sick right now.
I think you're doing all the right things. We play with her toys together or she plays by herself. She's really into cruising around now so she's content just clinging to the furniture . I sing and dance with her. We go for walks, play outside, and read books. I don't think there's much else to be done at this age.
Aiden rolls for hours each day. He likes to roll over to our bookshelves and pull books off. He likes to roll to the cat and pull his fur out. He likes to roll over to our living room electronics and turn them off and on repeatedly. Ya know, be a trouble maker. Lunch takes up a good 45 minutes bw prep, letting him explore food, and the clean up. I get on the floor with him for 10 minutes and play with him. Then I let him do what he wants for 10-15 minutes (this would be the 'fetch the baby' part of the day. Repeat. I baby wear him as I sweep, vacuum, dust, wash dishes, etc. He does a lot of babbling sometimes when I'm wearing him. I talk back to him. We go for walks when it's not stupid hot outside. We go outside in the backyard. He plays with the grass as I check the garden. I put him out in the baby pool a couple of times a week. We read 3 books before every nap. I just try to balance out including him in the things I do, playing one on one with him, and letting him explore and do what entertains him.
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
At this age, it's more about just interacting with them. They are always learning and it doesn't have to be some big production, it's just the simple things that teach them right now. They are learning about "their" world. Letting him explore that world through his senses, which involves a lot of licking and sticking things in his mouth and that is going to do a lot more for him than signing him up for a baby gymboree class or piano lessons Take him places with you, talk to him, let him touch things, and lick things that are safe, that's how he's going to be stimulated, that will be what gets his mind going. He's learning to compartmentalize his world and he's drawing conclusions from everything he sees and touches and as he grows he will start to develop a more in-depth idea of how things are different.
A lot of the time Tobey is either in his exerciser or on the floor. I take him round the house in his bouncy chair when I have jobs to do (if he can't see me he screams) As I am constantly talking to his brother all day we include Tobey in conversations. I do think it's a lot easier having his brother to watch/grab/throw stuff at etc I do remember thinking I wasn't doing enough with DS1 at this age
Sarah & Gavin
21st January 2008
Alexander-8 Dec 2008
Tobey-1st Oct 2010
First off, Lucas has really filled out and is looking SO handsome. Damn girl!
Emma gets a LOT of play time with her brothers. They LOVE to play with her. We read books, sing songs, play with her toys...it's windy here lately so not much outside time. I just ordered what I am referring to as the corral, it's a big baby gate play yard (will be 80" by 80" when set up) and I'm going to deck it out with all of her toys and hang toys off of it so she has a large area that is completely baby-proofed to play in. She isn't crawling but is moving a LOT and starting to scoot so I know it's coming. This way I don't have to worry about her getting into things and my boys can hop in with her and play and still have plenty of room for her to crawl and move. My friend has a daughter that is nine days older than Emma but a bit more advanced (already crawling and stands on her own) so Emma gets pretty motivated when she is around, hehe. She still hangs out in her exersaucer, which she loves, but mainly only after she eats. Now that she is semi-mobile, she prefers to be on the ground!
We have a publication here (the nurse at my drs office tries to give them to me everytime she sees us even though I already have copies) called Move Baby Move. Here is a link to the chapter on middle infancy http://www.sportrec.qld.gov.au/Porta...le-infancy.pdf
I can give you a link to thw whole website if you want because they have piblications that cover pretty much the whole of childhood. I use it if I am ever wondering about new things I might be able to do with Ronin. Mostly we just sing and dance, play with toys etc. I sing counting and alphabet songs when we are changing his nappy and he is a bit unsettled, and often I willc hange song lyrics to put in Ronin's name (he likes an old song I used to do in choir called Running bear, but we change it to Ronin bear) and I just make silly dances up and move towards him and away, use different voices when we read etc.