Help me learn to play with my daughter
February 7, 2013 5:05 PM Subscribe
I have a beautiful, curious, 8 month old daughter. I love her, but I don't know how to play with her. Help!
posted by elizamina to human relations (21 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a first time mother (obviously?). I work part-time in the mornings and then I'm home with my daughter in the afternoons. This is not something I love doing (and I'll be going back to work FT next school year), but I want to figure out how to do it better.
I cuddle my daughter all the time. I talk to her. I sing to her. I feed her, hold her, bathe her, rock her, smile and coo at her, tickle her... but I feel like I don't know how to play with her. When the nanny comes over in the mornings, she gets out the toys and plays with her like she's been doing it for years (which, uh, she has, but still). When I'm with her in the afternoons, I do all of the above, but how do I play with her?
She is often content to explore on the floor by herself with her toys or other objects. When she wants my attention, I put her in my lap, cuddle her and sing to her. But what else can I do? How can I play with an 8-month old and make her feel loved in doing so? What's a good amount of playtime with mommy vs. independent time with herself?
Sorry if this is tl;dr. Long and short of it: help me learn to play with my daughter.