What to do w/ attention seeking 3 yr old while bottle feeding 2 mth old?

Barbara - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 and requires a lot of one on one attention. While I bottle feed my 2 month old son she tries to sit on me and/or acts up. Sometimes I need to stop feeding my son to deal with my daughter. Any suggestions on how to keep her happy (and behaved) while I'm busy with my son?

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Amy - posted on 03/02/2010

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Have daughter help "steady" your hand or arm while feeding. It worked for us. or she could stay right there with burp rag at the ready. my daughter was a few months over 2 years old when my son was born. she was really eager to help and i even had her gently rub his back while i fed him. seemed to keep her occupied. also talked to her the whole time.

Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010

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I agree with the other moms that perhaps letting your daughter help out with baby may work. Another idea is to have some "special toys" that she only gets to play with while you are busy with the baby. Just small items from the dollar store or McDonald's toys. As long as she only gets to play with them at certain times so they remain special to her.

Sasha - posted on 02/20/2010

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i agree with amanda i have a 3 year old and a ten mths old and when she was a few months the three yoear old would start messing about so i started letting her help or if she didnt want to do that i would let her sit beside me and read a book with her or another idea is if she is watching a programme get her to tell you wat is happening in it x

Amanda - posted on 02/19/2010

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I only have 1 child but I have read that if you get the older child more involded with the baby that it will be alot easier. Like grabing the babys blanket, nuk, whatever the baby needs that she can get for you. I know my daughter LOVES feeding babies! So maybe you could have her help feed the baby too.

She is probably just jealous that the baby seems to get all the attention now. I think if you just have her help you out with the baby it will be alot easier.

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