Now that the initial stage is passing when all he did was eat and sleep I am at a loss as to how to conduct my day. I worry when I am not interacting with baby (unless he is sleeping) that I am not being a good attentive mom but at the moment nothing is getting done and I feel like I need to transition to some kind of life.
What do people do? He doesn't always like to be in moby carrier but will amuse himself in bassinet or car seat (will but a seat or swing this weekend) but I feel bad to then leave him or like I shouldn't but I think it is just because I've been interacting with him 24/7 up to now. Basically not sure how to deal with his now increasing alert awake time.
Have you got a playmat with the arches on it? They are nice for little babies with the toys dangling from the arches. Mine also had a little mirror on it and a musical function. It was great from 6 weeks to about 5 months when he started to want to roll off the mat. He was quite happy to lie on it and bat at the toys for the time it took me to put a wash on or load up the dishwasher.
This is our standard day but I also feel the same!
8.30: get up and feed then on my lap while I try to get smiles from him
9.30: into days outfit and rests on bed while I get changed
10.00: Either go out or he goes in bouncy chair to try and rest / nap
12.00: Lunch for both
1.00: Either out or back in bouncy chair for nap
4-5ish: feed then into bouncy chair while I try to sort tea.
6: daddy home and tea time
Then rest of the evening is normally spent with daddy cuddles before bedtime at 10 ish
Not much really! I found E became more alert at 8 weeks. 5-6 weeks she spent in her bouncer or playmat just so I had somewhere to put her whilst I did housework. Don't stres too much about 'routine' they're still so ickle!!
We have no real routine at this point! I figure that he's changing so much each day that there's no point in trying to establish any normalcy. He'll get it in his own time. While he sleeps I put him in his bouncy chair and do the things I need, and when he's awake I talk to him and play with himas much as possible! They don't need more than that for interaction.
I don't think they tend to "discover" toys till near the 3 month mark but it is still nice for them to have something bright to look at. And there is a lot to take in by looking at the brand new world around them. Don't stress about entertaining a tiny baby - the thing they like to look at most is your face, and if you try too many bells and whistles and so on you risk a cranky overstimulated baby.
If he's awake and happy to sit on his own, I pull his rocker to the kitchen or the patio if I'm hanging clothe or fixing stuff in the kitchen and just keep a running commentary for him. It's usually only good for 10mins before he cries to be picked up, if you have a happy sitter just let him observe what you're doing, if you happen to see their faces, they are really absorbed by just the stationary stuff and get tired quite quickly from interactions. I carried him through the supermarket the other day, and he was looking left and right until he finally fell asleep.
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