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My girl is very attached (as she's supposed to be). But I'm wondering about all you other moms and babes.... when did you start putting the baby down all the time to play? Do you always pick them up when they complain? Or do you just keep them with you all the time and put them down when they want to? I have never gotten used to the sling. I got a baby trekker when she turned 7 months, and it's been a lifesaver. I use it when I have to but otherwise we make compromises. . ie. DP watches her. I only wish I had it earlier. When she was first born, I would just hold her all the time, and sometimes sneak away while she was sleeping in the bed.I use it when I have to but otherwise we make compromises. . ie. DP watches her....<br>
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My daughter does not want to held all the time as she can now crawl. She is almost 11 mos and has been crawling for about a month now. when she gabs at my legs or tries to crawl up me I pick her up. Otherwise, she loves to be on the floor playing. I often spend the day on the floor with her. When I cok she crawls arounf the kitchen floor opnening cabinets and pulling out all the pots and stuff. I think it is just fine for you to put that baby down and and play.
 

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Hec No! I couldn't if I wanted to<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Abby loves her independance now that she is crawling (she is 8 months old) and has always enjoyed playing on the ground with her toys. When she could not crawls, she was very content to sit and play for 20-30 minutes. I was always in the same room, or in and out doing dishes or scrapbooking, and often I would get down and play with her. Now that she is moble I am always near, but I also allow her to play on her own. If she is upset I go sit with her and join her in her play, or pick her up. Just depends on what she needs at the time. If she is fussing because she is trying a new skill (like standing) I encourage her and comfort her more with my words. Normally that is enough and she is able to master the new skill.<br><br>
We still get lots of together cuddle time when I feed her, or during baths, and when I rock her and read her. I think it is pretty normal at this age for babies to want to strut their stuff and develop their new skills!<br><br>
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I held my ds almost constantly until he was 7 months old when he showed intrest in wanting freedom. He is coming up on a year and is a very active independent little one. He started walking at 10.5 months but I still carry him a couple hours a day. Every child is different. Some will want to be carried all day at 12 months while others would not want to be. I still use a sling but can't wait to experiment with the Baby Trekker since he is getting one for his birthday!
 

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Yes I do and I'm getting tired! My ds is 10.5 months old and still wants to be held most of the day. He is not crawling at all, just scooting on his butt sometimes. He tries to pull himself up but has not been successful yet. He'll sit and play if he's in a good mood for about 15 minutes at a time. I can sit and play with him too for longer periods. He seems to spend a lot of time in frustration and seems to be pulled both directions. Like, he wants mommy soooo bad but he wants his toys too. I'm really ready for him to become mobile so my arms and back will get a break!
 

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Definately take care of your backs with the big babies. I threw mine out with my first son and could do *nothing* for 3 days, and was supposed to be in bed for a week. NO FUN and I could not pick him up then if I wanted to.
 

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My dd lives in the sling! I love to hold her, and it seems like she has no interest in wanting to be away from me. She likes to play with toys on the floor, but she does not want me to leave the room!<br><br>
It's funny, because when I am at church or around other acquaintances or friends, they feel like they have to "give me a break", but I am really fine with her! I don't feel like I need a break from her, plus she doesn't particularly want to be held by someone who she is not all that familiar with.
 

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Well, my ds is five months old and I already get tired! LOL He's rolling around and loves to lay on the floor with dd (almost three). They have a lot of fun rolling around on the floor, but I can't go far because dd likes to do things like pull him around on the floor by his arm! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">: They both think it's fun, but it scares me to death.<br><br>
I too save a lot of things for when dh is home/in the house. Right now we're adding onto the house and he's doing most of the work himself so he works all night, sleeps for 5-6 hours then works outside until time to go to work. The house isn't always spotless, but you just have to do what you can. Right now, I have his help for about 30 minutes/day. I try not to get upset about it because at least he's willing; he just has too much on his plate right now.<br><br>
I think once ds can sit up by himself I might feel comfortable using the Ergo or Maya on the back carry and then at least I could do dishes etc while still carrying him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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