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What do you do with your newborn while they are awake? ☼ M Due November 25 (boy); Clearwater, 528 posts
30th Dec '12

I'm not sure what's going on with my son but for the past 3 days he has been staying awake 3-4 hours at a time... He's about 5 weeks old and lately he's been drinking ALOT more breast milk (i pump and feed he won't latch everytime). He went from drinking 4 oz to about 7oz out of nowhere, so I'm thinking it's a growth spurt but would that make him stay up? Also, what do I do to occupy him while he's awake? I feel like reading books and singing to him is getting old, it makes him a little fussy but I don't want him just sitting in his swing while he's up!

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 16743 posts
30th Dec '12

Um...



I stare at them, play music, sit them in their swing/bouncer/play mat.



Nothing really they can do...

Layla's Momma ♥ 17 kids; California 4457 posts
30th Dec '12

SO and I would hand her back and fourth talk to her, play with her, give her a bath, take a walk outside etc.

kr.r 1 child; Dallas, TX, United States 8736 posts
30th Dec '12

Pretty much just had a billion photoshoots.

☼ M Due November 25 (boy); Clearwater, 528 posts
30th Dec '12
Quoting JessieLeeAnne:" Um... I stare at them, play music, sit them in their swing/bouncer/play mat. Nothing really they can do..."


That's all I've been doing, I just feel like if I put him down while he's awake I'm neglecting him... I know I'm NOT but I just feel like if he's awake he HAS to be with me for some reason.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
30th Dec '12

You could get a sling so that you can carry him with you while you do things around the house. Talk to him, sing to him. I had a play gym for DS and he loved that.



It's been a while since my oldest was that young and DD is only 2 weeks but I'm sure at 5 weeks he can grasp toys and things.

Andi+Andy=Marley+1 2 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 4564 posts
30th Dec '12

My DD slept less through growth spurts but your LO is5 weeks. They normally sleep less around that time. Id have.DD.on the.floor for tummy time or I'd hid her or have her laying down in her pack and play. She didn't need me to do much with her at that age. I miss those days....

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 16743 posts
30th Dec '12
Quoting ☼ M
Martha Marshall 1 child; Whittier, California 1035 posts
30th Dec '12

I would play with him on his activity mat, do tummy time, carry him in my moby wrap as I vacuumed (he loves the sound), and read and sing to him...

Katie[ღ]Siℓas 17 kids; Grand Haven, Michigan 2071 posts
30th Dec '12

Usually when he's awake he gets handed off to grandma or great grandma because they wanna see him when he's awake lol. Or SO or I will hold him and try our best to entertain him until he falls asleep again.

furrbabiesmommy 18 kids; California 16570 posts
30th Dec '12

my daughter slept all day. lol my son ( 2 weeks) is awake for 4-5 hours a day. we cuddle, nurse, watch his sister play, talk and stare at each other. lol

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
30th Dec '12
Quoting Katie[ღ]Siℓas:" Usually when he's awake he gets handed off to grandma or great grandma because they wanna see him when ... [snip!] ... wanna see him when he's awake lol. Or SO or I will hold him and try our best to entertain him until he falls asleep again. "

:!:



I get that too..."she's awake! I want her!" I get her back when she wants to nurse and then she gets taken away again. And they wonder why I don't want to pump bottles for her...

mom2andrew&carter 18 kids; Leesburg, Florida 2159 posts
30th Dec '12

be lucky that he sits in a swing or bouncy. My lo since day one would not sit in a swing or bouncy for a long period of time at all. hes 4 months now and still has to be with me every min hes awake

☼ M Due November 25 (boy); Clearwater, 528 posts
30th Dec '12
Quoting Lizplustwo:" :!: I get that too..."she's awake! I want her!" I get her back when she wants to nurse and then she gets taken away again. And they wonder why I don't want to pump bottles for her..."


Same here! Thank goodness the inlaws went home 2 weeks ago!!! I held my baby the least in the first few weeks out of everyone... Even in the hospital... yikes.

♥ Rhienn ♥ 18 kids; California 11462 posts
30th Dec '12

My daughter never really napped as a newborn so i ould just sit her in the boucner and talk with her, hold her, we went out for walks but at that time it was summer, so it may be cold now to do that, i put her in a baby carrier and walked around with her, i laid in bed with her to relax.