|View Poll Results: Where is the baby during meal preparation?|
|DH/partner holds baby while I cook||6||100.00%|
|DH/partner prepares meals while I hold the baby||14||100.00%|
|Other family member holds baby while I cook||1||20.00%|
|Other family member prepares meals while I hold the baby||1||20.00%|
|Other (please post) prepares meals while I hold the baby||6||100.00%|
|Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 5. You may not vote on this poll|
Jen 47 DS C 2/03 04/29/08/ DD S 10/28/09 DH Bill '97.
mighty-mama and her sister Kundalini-Mama
Lots of dinners are eaten on the floor, her next to me playing
When she was a toddler, I started to involve her in meal prep...tearing lettuce for salad, for example. Since she wanted to be with me, I made sure she was busy so she wouldn't be bored. Now sometimes she wants to veg in front of the TV, but I always offer her the choice of helping prep, and she sets the table.
I figure her helping out now is my reward for figuring out how to keep her with me and happy then.
I also saved complicated meals for days when she napped and I didn't! Or for when dh was home; then we would take turns holding her.
Although, right now I pleaded a headache and dh is now cooking dinner w/both boys.
ps: re: infant...When ds #2 was wee, I'd hold him in the Bjorn. When he was a bit older but still pretty immobile, I put him in the bouncy seat waaaaay back on the counter but always still w/in arms reach. (We have deep kitchen counters so he was always safe.)
i can't believe i'm the only one!!!!!!
WOHM married to SAHD, living the dream w/our: 3 girls (14,12,10) and 3 boys (7,5,3) and tie-breaker due Jan 2014
hang in there, it gets (a lot) easier as they get older!
My second and third babies loved the bouncy seat, swing or exersaucer. i put them in and made dinner! they loved it, and i was able to cook dinner!
Elise-mama to Zoe Lea
Either I come home from work to hold the baby and dh cooks, or
dh holds the baby and I cook, or
a friend or relation is visiting who holds the baby, or
baby sits in seat on floor or in stroller so he can see me better, playing with toys and having "conversation" while I do a miniscule amount of kitchen prep. Then I stop to hold or nurse him because he is getting yoochy and dh comes home from HIS job, and finishes cooking the meal, or
I do an even more miniscule amount of prep while holding ds, very worried about safety and feeling guilty, or
I take the cordless phone into the bedroom where I am nursing ds and call those nice guys at the local Indian or Thai restaurant and they come and bring us dinner by the time dh gets home.
We eat pretty late.
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.
I'm totally nervous about cooking with a baby in the sling. I worry about hot pans and sharp knives.
edited to correct what shift my dh works. :
Once and awhile my sisters or DH play with her.
I try to do stages of dinner throughout the day so that it is not alot at one time.
Sorry to be clueless, but what are bouncy seats anyway? :
We just dug out the exersaucer so that he can hang in that anytime I'm doing something for/with dd and when I'm cooking and dh isn't around to take him.
He likes to bang at the toys with his lil fists, and I don't think it hurts anything as long as we don't abuse it.
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Often I give them both the fruit part of their dinner to eat while I'm cooking. (Baby is almost a year!!). It keeps them entertained and less whiney and at least it's healthy.
I have cooked with a baby in a sling, on my shoulder, nursing, on my hip, in the saucer (again, while we talked and sang to her), you name it. Especially with an older child, I can't wait until dh comes home to cook. Dd is ready to eat long before then.