Is it ok not to talk to your baby for a while each day

Rebecca - posted on 03/17/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My baby is 3 and a half months old and when he is awake I like to play and talk to him but sometimes I don't talk to him for a while, is that ok? Or should I constantly interact with him

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Amy - posted on 03/17/2014

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i'm always wondering the same thing! my son is now 5 1/2 months old and I still wonder! i always feel like i should be interacting with him when he's awake, but i've learned that it's okay--and good--for him to play on his own. i'm still always checking on him just to make sure things are okay. if he's in his crib playing i can see him on the monitor or i'll go pop in the room for a minute and say hey and interact/play for a couple minutes so he knows i'm still around. or if he's in his exersaucer i'll put it near where i am so he can still see me.

I really think it is fine--it gives him time to look around and see things for himself, explore his toys at his own freewill, teach himself things and so on.

i totally understand your worry! don't feel bad about giving him time to himself to learn and explore. just check on him periodically. and if you don't have a video monitor i TOTALLY recommend investing in one--it's a lifesaver.

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Rebecca - posted on 03/17/2014

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Yes I will defientely try that, it will be a lot easier when he's in a walkie or something, I'm the same I need to have my house tidy everyday without fail so when he's asleep I do it then but even now he's sleeping less so it gets hard lol, you did help, hearing from other mums who think the same makes me feel better! My mother in law said just see a we baby like u and how annoying would it be if u had someone constantly talking to u all day, sometimes they may just want time to look around and enjoy their own company. So u nth have helped me try lol because I feel so guilty if I feel I haven't spoke to him enough in one day

Amy - posted on 03/17/2014

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haha yeah seriously! glad i could help. like for example, right now he's in his bouncy chair chewing on his teether and i hopped on the computer for a few minutes and now i'm about to go do dishes. i just keep an eye on him and listen for any signs of unhappiness and when you notice he's sick of being where's he's been just take a break from what you're doing when you get a chance and change things up for him. and i still interact with him even when he's in his bouncy chair/exersaucer--we'll 'talk' to each other or he'll make a noise and i'll make a noise and we'll go back and forth with that--all while i'm doing dishes, cooking or cleaning. i'm one who HAS to have a clean and organized house, so even with the baby i still make time to clean up everyday!

Rebecca - posted on 03/17/2014

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The things u worry about when your a Mum lol! Thank u that's helped a lot and change the way I look at it because he does enjoy laying in his chair looking around him so il ease up on the chatting and playing because I get ok housework done when chatting to him lol so if I work around him and chat every so often I will try that. It's a start! Thank u xx

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