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Interacting with infants speaktruth2powr 2 kids; Ontario 45005 posts
19th Dec

What are some ways you interact with your young infants?

My 2.5 week old has decided that she is going to be awake for about 30-40 minutes after eating. In that time, we read books, sing songs, do tummy time, cuddle, etc.

If it happens to be around the time that I have something to do (ex. cook dinner, fold laundry, etc.), I bring along her bouncy chair and she hangs out in that while I work and I chat "with" her or we listen to music.

I had a friend say that I shouldn't actually be doing any of this, that she should be "resting" after feeding.

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
19th Dec

Quoting speaktruth2powr:
What are some ways you interact with your young infants?

My 2.5 week old has decided that she is going to be awake for about 30-40 minutes after eating. In that time, we read books, sing songs, do tummy time, cuddle, etc.

If it happens to be around the time that I have something to do (ex. cook dinner, fold laundry, etc.), I bring along her bouncy chair and she hangs out in that while I work and I chat "with" her or we listen to music.

I had a friend say that I shouldn't actually be doing any of this, that she should be "resting" after feeding.




All that sound perfect to me. The only reason I can think of for her to be resting is if you want her to go to sleep instead of being awake. All the thigs you mentioned are great for baby.

Zane's Mommy ♥ 1 child; 2 angel babies; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 518 posts
19th Dec

I did that with my son... What are you supposed to do lay her down and just leave her alone?... IMO they need some kind of interaction..

ι♡яคч 1 child; Hollywood, fl, United States 3432 posts
19th Dec

sounds like your doing a great job, idk why somebody told you that because she'll nap when she's tired. The interaction is good for her.

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 1979 posts
19th Dec

your friend doesn't know what they are talking about! you should let your baby eat and sleep when she wants to. those are all great things to do, and letting her watch and listen to you as you do things around the house is wonderful learning and bonding time as well. i did all of the things you mentioned with DS, i would also take him outside and sit in the shade and let him look around at the trees and cars going by and stuff, he loved it and has always enjoyed being outdoors.

speaktruth2powr 2 kids; Ontario 45005 posts
19th Dec

Quoting BRowell:

All that sound perfect to me. The only reason I can think of for her to be resting is if you want her to go to sleep instead of being awake. All the thigs you mentioned are great for baby.



That's what I feel as well.

In the evening, we have a very different routine. When she wakes for feedings, we keep the bedroom dark, speak softly, and she will go to sleep right away.

However, during the day, she acts entirely different. She wants to be awake, so I encourage that. When she is laying on my chest or doing tummy time, she is lifting her head to look at me. She tracks me with her eyes, and is starting to vocalize.

I didn't think I was doing anything "wrong", but I felt a little weirded out that I'm being told I shouldn't interact with her.

Nathan Young 2 kids; Syracuse, New York 57578 posts
19th Dec

Quoting speaktruth2powr:

That's what I feel as well.

In the evening, we have a very different routine. When she wakes for feedings, we keep the bedroom dark, speak softly, and she will go to sleep right away.

However, during the day, she acts entirely different. She wants to be awake, so I encourage that. When she is laying on my chest or doing tummy time, she is lifting her head to look at me. She tracks me with her eyes, and is starting to vocalize.

I didn't think I was doing anything "wrong", but I felt a little weirded out that I'm being told I shouldn't interact with her.




That person is... Entirely wrong, IMO. During the day, the more interaction the better. The more words they hear, the bond that it creates spending time together... That's important. If you were doing that in the middle of the night, maybe, but babies need lots of interaction!

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 22817 posts
19th Dec

Quoting The Doctor:

That person is... Entirely wrong, IMO. During the day, the more interaction the better. The more words they hear, the bond that it creates spending time together... That's important. If you were doing that in the middle of the night, maybe, but babies need lots of interaction!




This.
quiet stimulation of all her main senses is a positive thing. I liked to just smile and make silly faces.