How do I know if were interacting enough

Megan - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 1 week away from being 5mo. How do I know if we are stimulating and playing with her enough. she stays at home with me so she doesnt have much other children interaction,do I need to have her around kids more?

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Katie - posted on 03/28/2010

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I worry about the same thing. My Son just turned four months old at we're at home alone most of the time. He plays on his play mat, with toys that dangle, stuffed animals that he can "nom" on, etc. Sometimes when I need to get something done he will play in his crib and watch Sprouts. I talk to him constantly about everything (since it's just us all the time). He's breast fed only and we spend quality time that way too. We play patty cake and "toes to your nose," etc. He gets his way most of the time. I have a hard time letting him cry so sometimes it takes me hours to get him to bed. He loves water and I can't wait to put him in a little baby pool this summer. But I worry constantly that I am not doing enough for him. He's not around any other babies and the only kid in his life is his four year old cousin. If the weather is nice we'll go for a walk. I obviously want to be the best Mommy for him that I can be and give him everything that he could ever need. He's hit every milestone so far and is anxious to hit more. He can't wait to be mobile. I'm sorry I know I'm rambling. I just figured I'd let you know that you are not alone in your worries and tell you a little about how we do it. If you have any suggestions for us feel free to let me know!

Kristin - posted on 03/28/2010

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Are you talking to her, playing with her, reading and singing to her? Do you comfort her when she is upset, hurt, or sad? Do you feed her, bathe her, and tuck her in at night? Is she progressing through her milestones relatively on time (varies from kid to kid)? Is she active and curious or kind of a lump that is uninterested in most everything? You will be able to answer your own question if you can answer these.



As for other kids, at her age, they don't really interact so much as play next to each other. Playgroups/dates now are almost more for the adults taking them than for the kids. However, you can pick up some new or interesting ideas for playing with your child and make some good friends for both yourself and your daughter (in the future). If you can, take her to a storytime at your local library. She will get to see other kids, you can meet other moms/dads, and she will be getting a new (free) experience.



Good luck.

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