What do you do with a baby who's interactive but pre-crawling?
February 3, 2011 4:07 PM Subscribe
I never feel quite sure about how my 5 month-old daughter should be spending her awake time. I'm looking for parents to chime in on what's normal and appropriate in terms of both quality and quantity.
posted by kitcat to Health & Fitness (54 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I have a constant nagging worry that my 5 month old may not be getting enough interaction. I'm staying home with her for the year, and it's just the two of us for most of the day. I usually cycle through a bunch of activities, so that the routine looks something like this (minus eating and napping):
1/2 hour:sit with mommy on the couch while watching tv, talk, cuddle, tickle, bounce on knee
1/2 hour: jumparoo (although she doesn't get how to jump yet)
1/2 hour: lay on back and play with hanging down toys
1/2 hour: play in exersaucer
5 min: spend hated time on tummy
1 hour: sit in swing and play with hanging down toys while watching tv
She often falls asleep in the swing (I rock her if not) and after the nap, we repeat. Sometimes while she's occupied in the big commercial toys, I do my own thing (watch tv, surf web, read, knit, clean, cook), but often I feel guilty while I'm doing it. So I try to sit near her in the rocking chair if possible and talk to her every so often. Sometimes I take her around and show her stuff in the house.
So, I'm likely overthinking all of this and worrying too much, but am I doing this right? I don't know other people with kids, so I'm really not sure. Are there improvements I could and should be making in the routine? For what it's worth, she's a pretty darn happy baby.
If you can recommend any books, websites or podcasts that can help me with this, please do. Otherwise, I just want to hear your thoughts and what you have done with your own children.