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I feel really stupid asking this, but what daily activities should I be doing with my 3 week old son? I sing to him, I try to play with him but I just don't know what else to do. I lay him on his tummy everyday, what else can I do with him? Thank you in advance.
 

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i barely remember 3 weeks old and DD is only 6 months! i know we started reading to her right away. we sang a lot and i talked to her constantly. we went for a lot of walks. mostly, i think she breastfed and slept her days away at that point.. enjoy it!
 

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Babies learn from simply EVERYTHING at this age! He's a little sponge!<br><br>
Read to him as much as you can - while he's nursing, having tummy time, while he's just chilling on your lap.<br><br>
Let him see lots of faces, both real faces and pictures of faces (like in magazines). Babies love faces.<br><br>
Sing to him while he's on the changing table and while he's nursing. Play a variety of music softly during his awake time.<br><br>
Let him lay under a play gym or just lie him on his back and dangle toys in front of him to encourage him to reach for/bat them. It will be a little while before he is coordinated enough to actually hit them, but his brain is making important connections.
 

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Sit and nurse lol-that is all I remember doing! I would talk to him a lot, and sing, and play with his body-naming parts and moving them.
 

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Don't feel stupid, I wondered about this too. It sounds like you're doing a great job already! My son breastfed a lot, so I just sat on the couch and fed him most of the day. I also carried him around in my Moby wrap and he'd fall asleep. When I changed his diaper, I would smile and talk to him, and stick out my tongue and make little faces, or sing to him.<br><br>
A neat thing is, I always sang him this one particular song when he was a newborn, and now that he's 5 months old, it seems like that is his favourite song! He will stop crying and smile whenever I sing it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I don't think a newborn needs too much, just love and food from you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I think one of the very best things we can do with our newborns is simply to carry them. Keeping them close to our hearts so they hear the heartbeat they know so well!<br><br>
Breastfeeding gives them that same closeness.<br><br>
People have always commented on how connected and alert my children are and they've said this since they were newborns. I credit a lot of it to carrying them. When they are in arms, they are a part of every interaction we have with others. I think babies learn a lot from this and as previously mentioned, babies love faces!
 

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Wear him, nurse him and nap with him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wear him, nurse him and nap with him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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I loved that time. You don't have to do much of all, really. Just wear him when he's not nursing and you can do anything you want between nursing sessions, then sit and enjoy his being here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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With my first, every possible activity I could glean from parenting guides as being age-appropriate. With my second, enjoyed how much she slept. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wear him, nurse him and nap with him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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You've got lots of months and years ahead in which entertaining him will be a full-time job! Enjoy the peace and quiet while you can. Go about your own stuff (read a book; go for a walk; watch tv; whatever you like to do...) and he'll happily go along.
 

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hold him, nurse him, sleep with him. read him stories in your lap. smile and coo at him. take pictures of him in every outfit, from every angle. video tape him doing nothing, lol. sing to him. practice your babywearing skills while he can't protest <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
really and truly, the fun started for me when ds turned 1 . I mean, he was great before that, but now that he can walk, i have a blast with him. there just isn't much you can do with newborn other than admire how cute he is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wear him, nurse him and nap with him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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my baby slept the whole time and nursed, not much fun I guess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Thank you for all the replies, now I don't feel like im not doing something that I should be. I have read everything I can get my hands on trying to learn what babies are supposed to do and when, but books just don't tell you everything. I wish I knew someone with kids that could help me but I don't know anyone with kids and I have never been around them so its all a learning experience for me.
 

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I wonder this periodically, at different ages! You've gotten great answers, and just having your baby as part of your life is all you need!<br><br>
I don't know very many people with kids, either. I'm meeting more as time goes by. You don't need to right now (in my opinion!) but at some point you might want to look into ways of meeting people with kids. There are online mommy networking groups, and some churches host non-religious mommy groups, to name two that I can think of. And there's always MDC, with lots of experienced mom and dads!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">With my first, every possible activity I could glean from parenting guides as being age-appropriate. With my second, enjoyed how much she slept. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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LOL very true!
 

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All I remember doing was nursing around the clock at that age. I know I also sang and I had some finger puppets and plush rattles that we played with a lot.
 
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