What to do with a three month old?

Covingtonlisa7 - posted on 08/17/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I love my baby boy so very much and am fortunate to get to stay at home with him. We go for lots of walks, I sing up him, but find myself getting really bored and exhausted during the day from constantly talking to a baby that doesn't talk back and doing the same old thing every day. What else can we do together? What do people do when they get tired of talking?

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TIA - posted on 08/20/2013

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DO ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF THE HOME. GO TO A PARK.
GO TO A CLOTHING STORE AND LET THE BABY FEEL ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FABRIC THE CLOTHES ARE MADE OUT OF. I USED TO BRUSH MY LITTLE GUYS CHECK WITH ALMOST EVERY SHIRT IN JC PENNY. HE LOVED IT.
DANCE WHILE HOLDING HIM.
EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC AND WATCH THE REACTIONS.
GO DOWN THE TOY AISLE AND PUSH EVERY TRY ME BUTTON YOU CAN FIND. LOADS OF FUN FOR BOTH OF YOU.
JOIN ANY GROUPS THAT SOUND INTERESTING

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Tamitha - posted on 08/30/2013

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You don't want to fall in the trap of ALWAYS entertaining your baby OR he will never learn to play by himself! That might sound a little harsh - but truly it's okay :) I agree with earlier posts - I would read a book aloud, but it would be MY book not a baby board book every time. Yes, reading those books are important too - but if you cater everything to your child, they will learn to expect it. It's also okay to leave him in his bouncer alone for a few minutes. If you know your child is in a safe environment, take a few minutes to run to the bathroom by yourself. Taking some time for yourself is just as important as taking care of your child. Also, taking trips to the grocery store, local zoo, play ground (when he gets a little older) are good activities where you get out of the house and find new things to talk about. It's okay to be silent too. Believe me soon you will be wishing for quiet! I have two boys 7 & 2 and they both have times during the day where they need to entertain themselves, playing, reading books, whatever while I do a few chores or take 20 minutes to be by myself. I need alone time and they do too.

Lisa - posted on 08/23/2013

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I was in the same boat with my 8 week old son so I did a search online and found the best article! It gives you 2 activities to do with them every week of their life right from a newborn. They are geared for their weekly age specifically and they explain what each activity helps develop... From their sense of smell or touch to their gross motor skills! And all the activities are super easy and don't require anything you wouldn't have lying around your house.
My phone won't let me copy and paste the address but it was on BabyCentre UK. If I think of it when I am on my computer I will post the link.
Good luck and enjoy!

Rachel - posted on 08/22/2013

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I think you can just take him with you places and he will hear you talking with friends and learn from your experiences together (i.e. the grocery store, art museum, the pool, etc.). You don't have to constantly talk to him (despite whomever's advice). A good time to talk to him is when you are changing him or dressing him or reading to him or if he is next to you and you are cooking dinner. I found it easier if I just explained what I was doing to my baby like I was demonstrating how to cook or how many toes he had or whatever. I think it's fine for babes to just sit quiet and entertain themselves or for you to just hold them in silence while you read/nurse.
And make sure you take care of yourself and get a nap! :)

Michelle - posted on 08/21/2013

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I have a 5 month year old and it was very difficult at first to entertain her but with time you start to figure things out. I am a big picture person,so im constantly taking pictures of her,posting them to facebook or making albums.It really does make the day go by. But another idea would be to go visit relatives who stay at home(for example parents,great and grandparents,aunts,uncles,cousins) the bookstore,shopping its very hard at first but you soon get the hang of it. goodluck!

Lindsey - posted on 08/20/2013

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I'm really into Moms and Tots yoga. Chet's right, it's really more for the moms, but it's also a great way to begin socializing your baby and meet other moms you have something in common with... not to mention get back in shape!

Riafigliola - posted on 08/19/2013

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Check if your library has storytime for babies. Also some hospitals have new mom support groups. It's good for the babies and moms to get out of the house. It makes the day go faster!

Chet - posted on 08/17/2013

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I used to read books that I liked out loud. When our oldest was a baby I was taking a night class in literature for interest, and I would read the novels for the course out loud to the baby. Also, the truth is, mom and baby classes are not because babies really need music or swimming lessons. It's mostly so the moms can get out and get together with other moms. You don't need to pay a lot of money for classes though - their are often free activities for moms and babies at libraries and community centres.

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