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I put DD on her RnP in my bathroom while I shower with the curtain open. I talk to her and she looks around. She will play in her mat for 5 min or so while I make coffee - I do not leave her alone, though.
She will go for a few minutes on the swing or RnP by my side while I have breakfast. I do chat with her and she keeps me company. I figure this will help her be a part of family meals.
I'd say that I only leave her alone to play for a couple of minutes.
lucky duck - my lil guy won't have anything to do with ammusing hisself. He is in my arms or screaming bloody murder.
If you want to hold her more, get a snuggly and carry her in that while you do chores. and when she's in her chair, have her in the kitchen with you and talk to her - tell her what you're doing, etc. She'll learn lots of words and will still be spending time with you, and you can get your work done.
Sounds to me like you are doing a great job! : )
If it bothers you so much you could try baby wearing. Then she will be with you the whole time at least even if you are not interacting.
BABY WEARING! Get a Moby or sling and wear your baby while you are doing stuff around the house. She gets cuddles and stimulation and you can stop feeling bad for not giving her enough attention. I can't recommend this enough!
Look into carriers etc at The Babywearer.com.
Wow you are doing a great job getting so much done! DD1 goes to school during the day and I should probably be doing all that you are! My lo does take some naps and lets me know when I need to. Our morning routine is about the same as yours. DD2 is a little more demanding than the first. DD1 was like yours. She was more calm and liked to lay by herself. DD2 is not. I bought a sling to keep her closer to me when she wants to be held more. She does spend time in her swing, also in her crib to look at her toys. I also hung a black and white graphic blanket by her crib to stimulate her. She also has some tummy time. When she gets bored with an activity I move her somewhere new. If she is really awake during the day and I have to get things done, she travels around the house in her bouncy seat, or car seat if we are running errands.
When the lo start crawling we are going to wish they stayed in one place for so long so we can get more things done! hehe I guess we should enjoy the moment.
Could not agree more. Get a sling. We live in ours!
You have a happy baby and sound very active. Good work! That said, I do suggest wearing her, as PPs have mentioned. Her world will be much more interesting if she sees things at your eye level while you interact versus the passive scenery of a chair or seat (other good points here). It also may really help you (and her) feel connected when your hours together become more limited. In your sample day, some prime wearing times would be while you are shopping, while you do chores, while you prepare food (though, of course, don't wear baby in a front carry when using heat to cook). When wearing a baby, baby can nuzzle in and quietly watch from the safety of your chest or go to sleep if over-stimulated, so don't worry about "alone time" (which really isn't a biological need of a non-mobile baby anyway).
Good luck with the transition back to work!