What do you do all day w/ your 7 month old?

Jennifer - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son wants to get into everything and the only thing I'm good for right now is someone to feed him, someone for him to pull up on, someone to un-stick him from akward positions he gets into, and someone to comfort him when he knocks himself in the head with a toy! :) Oh he still loves his mama, but he's just so active and into everything and I don't know what to do!! He won't sit still to read books and when I'm on the floor with him he just wants to pull up on me and then he spots something he wants to play with and goes diving! Even bathtime is a chore now because he just wants to pull up on the side of the tub, try to play with the drain or try to flip over and crawl around (at which time he dunks his head in the water and inhales some). I have to get in with him everytime now to keep him in one place long enough to get him soapy!!



He will tolerate the jumper in the mornings and does that for about 45 minutes and he plays in his exersaucer 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes. He actually prefers to crawl underneath his exersaucer and move his toys around the bottom of it but he always gets stuck which makes his SO mad!! In the afternoons, we go outside and swing which he likes and we take walks when the weather is nice which he also likes. I just don't know what to do with him when we're indoors!! He likes to watch tv but he pays a little too much attention to it sometimes so I get worried and turn it off when he pays it more attention than anything else.



Anyway, I'm open for any suggestions of daytime activities and even if you know of any good toys that will hold his attention. It seems lately he wants to play with anything but the toys I put out for him on the floor...he wants to get my shoes, the dog toys, specks of dust on the floor, it's crazy! I think I'm going to be in deep trouble once he learns to crawl real well and Lord help me when he starts to walk!! :)

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Crystal - posted on 06/05/2009

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Ok! You have all scared me! My twins are a little behind in development & not close to crawling yet If this is what I have to look forward to in a few weeks, I'm giving them to their dad or nanna & going on a holiday (how long do you think that stage lasts??)! LOL

Maria - posted on 06/04/2009

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Jennifer,

it sounds like you are describing my son, --- almost scary! lol, he is so funny sometimes, but it does get hard to think of what to do next to entertain him. honestly, like some of the others have said, i kind of just give up sometimes and just give him what he wants, which is usually what i don't want him to have. i just watch him closely and make sure he doesnt get hurt or crawl off to the wrong place. he loves my cell phone, the remote control, the door stopper, the lamp cord, and UNDER his jumper. i just watch him and let him be happy.

in the mornings, he is more likely to actually play with his toys, so i make a big circle around him, with toys spread around him so he can crawl from one to the next. this usually takes up an hour, and the rest is... hard :) i think they will get over it eventually and go back to liking the bright shiny toys.



i also take walks and go to the neighborhood swing and just hope he likes it long enough to kill some time before he gets into the next mess.

Alexis - posted on 05/23/2009

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Haha! Reading everyones questions and replys on this community makes me laugh! It all sounds just like my daughter! They all sound so alike! Kaia just loves the remote, especially when she can make it light up! She can spend almost an hour zooming around the house in her walker! Of course I have to chase her around, moving rugs out of the way and making sure she's not trying to eat the night light from the wall! Haha! She loves the channel Noggin! I try not to let her watch it too much, but sometimes I just want to relax and sit on my butt, so I give in! When she seems to fuss no matter where we go or what we do around the house, I just take her outside. Usually just the change of scenery makes her happy! And I also found that she will cry, and I will try everything, nothing works, then I will try solids and she turns into the happiest baby alive! LOL! But everyday she seems to be just excelling! It's amazing! I love watching her learn! But I agree with Cassie, it sounds like you are doing an awesome job! Congradulations! And good luck!
I'm a little worried about the crawling stage too! She loves anything and everything, except her toys! =)

Briana - posted on 05/22/2009

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Quoting Amber:

My son would also prefer just about anything else to his own toys. I've started taking new baby toys and arranging them on the lower shelves of the book shelf pretending they are 'mommy's' and he seems to be more interested when he thinks they are not for him and plays with them longer.

My baby LOVES to watch movies too, which I think is fine as long as it is an age-appropriate show and you limit how long they watch.

We go for walks in the stroller, he likes to look around at everything, and sometimes we go outside and crawl in the grass for a while. If he is really tiring me out sometimes I resort to taking him to the store and pushing him around in the cart. He loves to go places and see new and interesting things.



mine just loves to ride in the car...he really likes the truck we just got because he can see better out of the windows. he will play with his toys for hours so thats not an issue, but he does get bored easily if its not made interesting.  he is just such an awesome little guy!

Amber - posted on 05/22/2009

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My son would also prefer just about anything else to his own toys. I've started taking new baby toys and arranging them on the lower shelves of the book shelf pretending they are 'mommy's' and he seems to be more interested when he thinks they are not for him and plays with them longer.



My baby LOVES to watch movies too, which I think is fine as long as it is an age-appropriate show and you limit how long they watch.



We go for walks in the stroller, he likes to look around at everything, and sometimes we go outside and crawl in the grass for a while. If he is really tiring me out sometimes I resort to taking him to the store and pushing him around in the cart. He loves to go places and see new and interesting things.

Briana - posted on 05/20/2009

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we play in our exersaucer a while, then play ourselves to sleep in the play pen whilst mamamama does some chores, then we watch our baby can read dvds and do the cards that go with it then eat lunch, the we finger paint and do some home made worksheets, then we get on the floor and play a while until daddy comes home. Then we play with the neeneenee while mamamama cooks dinner. Then while mamamama and neeneenee are eating we watch the baby can read dvd again and do our cards then it's time to get ready for bed. We fill in boredom spots with books and walks or car trips...

Stacey - posted on 05/19/2009

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Yeah, I think it's just a new phase they all go through. Mine is the same way, I just keep giving him different things to play with while he's on the floor (that's where he wants to spend most of his time, now that he's trying hard to crawl).



I know what you mean about them wanting to play with anything but their toys. I just gave up and now I let him play with whatever it is that he is interested in (as long as I'm watching him and it's safe). His favorites this week have been his shoes, the romote control, his baby spoons, cardboard boxes, an empty potato chip bag, plastic coathangers and the tube from the center of a used up paper towel roll!



Also, he's sitting well on his own now so I like to sit him up facing me on the floor and I roll a ball at him over and over. He thinks it's great and laughs and laughs.

Cassie - posted on 05/19/2009

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I think it sounds like you're doing a great job!!!He is learning about his environment and his body/abilities as he explores! As long as he doesn't seem bored or fussy, let him continue to explore his world without investing in toys.

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