What to do with a newborn?

Angela - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby is 6 weeks old and I worry about her being bored. I know that sounds strange but I want to make sure that I am paying her all the attention she needs. I know all they are suppose to do is sleep, eat and poop. But, what about when the baby is just up and not sleepy? Any ideas? I do tummy time, hold her, and talk to her but did not know if there was anything else?

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Heather - posted on 07/02/2009

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You can sing and read to her. Play music and dance with her. She sounds like she gets enough attention and love. Just enjoy her.

Kate CP - posted on 06/29/2009

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She's learning and is absorbing everything every moment she is awake. Her eyes are just learning to focus, to distinguish colors. Her ears are trying to understand the cacophony of sounds that were muted before. Everything her skin touches is a new sensation she's never felt before. If she's nursing she's tasting all the things you eat every day and experiencing all new sensations. Her sense of smell is trying to develop and soon memories will attach to certain smells. The newborn learning process is amazing and believe me, she's got her plate full. :)

Michelle - posted on 06/29/2009

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We just played on the floor together or in the bed. My daughter had a swing that she loved and we read books together. We went for a lot of walks when the weather was nice enough (She came in Dec.). I think it sounds like your doing a great job with your little one!!

Stina - posted on 06/29/2009

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Sounds to me like you are already giving your baby lots of loving attention! I remember being worried about the same thing with my first baby. Now, I have 3: ages 4, 2 and 2 months. I wear my baby a lot and since she's gotten heavy, I sometimes have her in a vibrating chair where she can see me going about my busness in the kitchen or while I fold laundry. She loves watching her sibs as they play with the toys above her.



my favorite baby games:

fold laundry- lay baby on your bed and as you fold, let her feel the textures of the clothes, play peekaboo withshirts and sheets.

Bicycle with her feet.

Lots of songs. especially those that easily incorporate touch.



Congatulations. Enjoy :)

Julia - posted on 06/29/2009

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I have used the play mat (the kind where she is on her back with the toys dangling above) with my daughter since she was about that age. She only focused on certain things at certain times, but it makes it more fun as you watch as she discovers more and more as she gets older. The good thing about this too is that since her eye sight is limited you can lower the toys to dangle closer to her face. My daughter loved the colourful toys, especially with the sunlight shining on them.

Abby - posted on 06/29/2009

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With all the baby "genius" stuff out there, the message seems to be that we have to really entertain these little precious ones! I felt the same way with my first. And yes, a 6 weeker needs different stimulation than the newborn. But it sounds like you're doing a great job. Sing to her, dance w/ her, try the swing, take her for a walk - all things that will get that little brain going and growing!

Amy - posted on 06/29/2009

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I had my children in a sling or front pack and just did my daily routine with them with me the whole time. I would talk to them, sing songs, hang out with family, etc. I know with a couple of my children I had a mat that had toys suspended above them and on the mat (it was red, black and white).

My guess is that you are reading baby's cues of when she wants attention and wants to play and when she is done playing. What I do know is that good moms often fret about what else they could be doing, so keep being a great mom.

Caroline - posted on 06/29/2009

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Babies at that age have limited attention, limited motion, and limited vision. They can however, distinguish blacks, whites and reds. If there is a way of having not-too-small areas of these colors around her, she will be able to look back and forth between them. They love music. Sing to her, play soft music or an instrument (if you play one). It is very good for them to be outside. If you can put her in a stroller, or a backpack, and go for walks, it would be great!

Most of all, though, you are already doing the most important things. I remember asking my aunt what I was supposed to do with my first born. She said, "Just love him and enjoy him, sweetie!". I was glad I did, cause when the 2nd one came along, he cried most of the time. So, Angela - just love her and enjoy her!

Blessings

Caroline - posted on 06/29/2009

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Babies at that age have limited attention, limited motion, and limited vision. They can however, distinguish blacks, whites and reds. If there is a way of having not-too-small areas of these colors around her, she will be able to look back and forth between them. They love music. Sing to her, play soft music or an instrument (if you play one). It is very good for them to be outside. If you can put her in a stroller, or a backpack, and go for walks, it would be great!

Most of all, though, you are already doing the most important things. I remember asking my aunt what I was supposed to do with my first born. She said, "Just love him and enjoy him, sweetie!". I was glad I did, cause when the 2nd one came along, he cried most of the time. So, Angela - just love her and enjoy her!

Blessings

Laura - posted on 06/29/2009

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I think at that age I was putting my son in a rocking vibrating chair and shaking rattles in front of him for entertainment. A would also play with the rattles on the floor with him, and sing to him. A favourite is Head and Shoulders, with the actions, now he smiles when we sing it. (4 months) Perhaps she would enjoy being on mom in a sling?

Tara - posted on 06/29/2009

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You could try reading to her or singing to her, that's what I did when my daughter was that age. She also liked music (listening to it) quite a bit. She's 15 months now and will start to do a little dance when her favorite songs come on :)

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