Ideas on how to keep baby entertained.

Samantha - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm new to both being a mom and staying home all the time. My fiance works generally monday to friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. I always try and get out of the apartment and visit with friends and relatives, but more often than not I'm stuck here at home.

I'm just wondering how everyone else manages to keep their child entertained. I feel so clueless sometimes that it honestly makes me cry. I do my best to read to him, take him for walks, encourage tummy time (though he hates it), and let him play with his toys in his chair. I try and play little "itsy-bitsy spider" and "patty-cake" games with him, and sometimes let him play in his saucer for a while. I never realised how many hours in a day there really were! How do some of you manage to keep your little one(s) entertained all day? I feel so guilty when I put him down to play on his own in his chair because I'm out of ideas. :(

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Claudia - posted on 02/11/2010

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i also use to feel the same way especially since i found myself just pacing around my house with my baby in my arms not knowing what to do. i read that it's actually beneficial for babies development to play by themselves sometimes. they learn problem solving etc. try putting your baby in a bouncer, swing , exersaucer etc. what babies love most though is human interaction so even if you just sit on the couch with your baby and just hold her and make him/her laugh they'll be very happy.

also, try a gymboree class! they're great for babies and for moms to interact. :)

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Amy - posted on 02/11/2010

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i often ask myself the same question....its really hard to know what to do with them, specially now they are too big for bouncers but not able to sit up for themselves!!! I have twins so it can be doubly hard or it can help cos they can entertain each other - for 5 mins anyway!!! I tend to let them decide what they want to do. If they are happy rolling around on their mat i let them, if they want to watch a little TV i let them, if they want my attention i give them some. I find tho if you go for a walk each day then most of the day is taken up with walking, getting ready, feeding and sleeping...

...some days do seem to go on forever tho....

Noelle - posted on 02/10/2010

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I was picking my brains trying to find something to entertain my boys too, and purely by accident I found that even when nothing else will make them happy I can put them in a pack -n- play with one or two rattles and they are happy as can be. No other toys, no tv no mobile twirling overhead,... don't know why it works, don't know how it works, but it just does and with twins it has been a wonderful help for my sanity!

Nicole - posted on 02/09/2010

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do you have a baby carrier? my son is almost 6 months old and LOVES "riding" around in his baby bjorn while i cook, clean, do the dishes, laundry... i put on music and its a lot of fun for both of us :)

Alicia - posted on 02/09/2010

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sometimes theyd rather play on their own, dont feel guilty. my daughter sits in her jumper with an episode of blues clues in the morning, just so i can clean, and not feel like im going crazy. youre doing great, no mother can keep their baby entertained all the time, if hes not crying, hes fine and happy.

this is the jumper i have and she doesnt like not being in it.
http://www.babyeinstein.com/en/products/...

Jasmine - posted on 02/09/2010

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I've found it helpful to use the "feed, play, sleep" routine... so there is only a set block of time that I need to entertain my son for, less daunting in my head to entertain for 1 or 2 hours.

JANA - posted on 02/08/2010

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hay, im a stay at home mum with my first and do find it hard to keep my little one entertained too. i have gotten a walker which is my saviour in keeping zaine occupied as he follow me round the house. but its also good to let him play on his own, so in future he doesnt have to be entertained all the time, i also go to swimming lessons which is really good. but i also remind myself that at his age it is challenging as he cant move on his own, and that it wont be too long and he ll be able to amuse himself more and me too!!!

Jen - posted on 02/08/2010

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I started staying home with my daughter when she was born, and it sounds like you have a good list of activities started. Some other things that you may be able to do are activities outside of your home with other stay-at-home moms in your community. The city that I live in has MOPS (mothers of preschoolers), story time at the library for babies, and a weekly playtime at the ECFE (early childhood family education) preschool room. These activities are good for my daughter and I because it gives us a chance to meet other moms and babies.

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