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At what point...?

post #1 of 13
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At what point do I need to start doing more structured activities/play with DD? She's 6 weeks now and when she isn't sleeping or eating she is either in the swing, me holding her singing or talking, laying on the blanket (though I don't think i do this maybe as much as I should), or with me going somewhere.

I worked in a nursery for many years so I should know this, but we had 9 kids so activities and interaction for all the kids was pretty constant.

I finally hung the mobile I made for her yesterday and she loves watching it and she has a black and white animal book she likes looking at, but at what point should I be introducing more activities and toys for exploration?
post #2 of 13

IIRC, they don't start grabbing for toys or being interested in things until about 3 months.  The mobile now is a great idea, or some black and white toys that will catch their sight.  During awake time now, we talk or sing to the baby, but mostly he sits in the boppy, or seat, or swing, or on somebodys lap just hanging out.

post #3 of 13

Thank you for this. I was going to post pretty much the same question. 

 

Liam's awake, but he doesn't want to nurse and doesn't need his diaper change but he's fussy. I've tried everything but I think he needs more stimulation (a little, since he isn't going to be playing yet) or something and I'm not sure how to achieve that. 

post #4 of 13
This is a great age for peek a boo or " where's mommy?!?"

Do u guys have those floor gym things? With the arch that might have toys hanging or lights? Finnley tolerates his for a few minutes, and we do tummy time. I hate to admit that, but he's just not in arms as much as my first born was.

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post #5 of 13
At this age, I don't think much stimulation is required, and it's easy to overdo it! Some favorites around here: little songs with gentle movements, baby wearing while dancing to music, just changing the view by moving around the house, whether in arms or bouncer, play gym, etc. Tummy time, obviously. Mirroring baby's sounds and faces... You can sign up for little weekly emails on lots of baby websites for activity ideas by stage of development, but I always have to remind myself it tends toward overkill. Life is interesting in and of itself for a little one smile.gif
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At this age, I don't think much stimulation is required, and it's easy to overdo it! Life is interesting in and of itself for a little one smile.gif

yeahthat.gif Totally! kylaskye, I find that DD is most interested in playing when she's not fussy, and she's looking around with big eyes. When she's fussy, or moving around a lot, that's her way of telling me "TOO MUCH!" Then I pick her up and cuddle her and limit stimulation. Although, now that I think about it, sometimes fussy means "I'm bored" and I take her to another location, like outside to walk around. I dunno, I'm no expert...redface.gif

At 11 1/2 weeks now she's starting to spend more time looking at toys and interacting with people and babbling with me and grabbing for things (she misses usually, but she tries). But still, she gets overwhelmed somewhat quickly (20-30 minutes?) and needs cuddle breaks. She really seems to enjoy being in a group of people and watching/listening. Faces seem to be better than most toys.
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She really seems to enjoy being in a group of people and watching/listening. Faces seem to be better than most toys.


I love this stage!  I'm eagerly awaiting it.  smile.gif

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by SouthernStormy View Post

At what point do I need to start doing more structured activities/play with DD?


4? Years! :)

 

I don't do structured things with littles. I talk, all day long. I make sure we read a lot, and that we have great open ended toys available, and I include babes & tots in my regular daily activities.

 

That's all. We're not really into 'structured play' at all. It works well for us, DS had the vocab of a 5yo at 2 1/2, met or exceeded all milestones, and currently at 4.5 can count to 100 and do quite a bit of math (at a higher level than preschool).

 

When I talk to/with babies & tots, I do play by play discussion of the day. It's silly, but it gives them language to describe their every day stuff. When you read, read the same books over and over, and read lots of rhyming books. When you go for a walk, don't just say "oh there's some birds", say "Do you see the red cardinal? There are five blue jays flying up to the tree. That tree has some green leaves and some orange leaves that are falling off." etc. Same deal at the grocery store etc. I'm always amazed at how many of my friends children cannot identify vegetables. They've only seen them cut up and cooked or covered in dip, and have no idea what a whole cucumber is, or that carrots have green tops, or that there are many different kinds of apples! You'll learn stuff you never knew mattered ... I refuse to call all things by a category name. So DS & I both learned all the correct names for 'diggers' ... excavators, backhoes, skid steers, bull dozer, scrapers, road graders .... and he knows all the 'brands' too ... CAT, John Deere, Komatsu etc. as well as identifying the major contractors who re-paint their equipment. He's also never called a cow a 'moo moo' (pet peeve of mine, when kids call all animals by the sound they make!), he actually tells me which ones are holsteins, jersey, ayrshire etc. as we drive through the country. This all started when he was a baby, we'd tell him everything about what we saw through the day.

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 he actually tells me which ones are holsteins, jersey, ayrshire etc. as we drive through the country. 

 

I was right with you until this part!  Wow!  That's impressive!!
 

 

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I was right with you until this part!  Wow!  That's impressive!! 

 



MIL grew up on a dairy farm, so when DS asked about cows, I told him he'd have to ask her! Now, when we see a type he doesn't know, I tell him to remember what colour it is and we can ask her, and if she doesn't know, then we have to look it up.

post #11 of 13

We just got a new floor activity mat and Ada loves it.  She just stares at it and kicks.  Also the fan is a big one lol.  We can lay her on the floor on a blanket and occasionally flip the fan switch to turn it on for a minute then turn it back off and she's amazed by it lol.  But she gets super bored if she's awake and she's just laying there with nothing to do, she will fuss a lot.  So we're constantly having to hold her up and let her look around if I can't get her interested in something to look at. She hates her swing so far.  I put her in the bumbo for the first time yesterday and she sat there contently just looking around.  I'll also let her lay down and let her follow the sound of my voice. 

post #12 of 13

I was starving semi recently and Charlie likes  sitting up so I actually put him in his high chair (it's one that attaches to a chair and has settings for babies) so he could join me in the kitchen. He likes that.

He also started a love affair with the lamp above my chair - while it's off. He likes lights and my red curtains, too.

 

She'll let you know when he needs more :)

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I dunno, I'm no expert...redface.gif
 


But you are now (at least for one baby)!  Isn't that cool? love.gif

 

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