I am currently on a year-long leave with my son, who will be 8 months on Nov 1. Some days I struggle to figure out what the heck to do with him! He wakes up around 6 but I try to get him to stay in bed until 7ish (he is a lousy sleeper, never has slept through the night, so he often wakes up tied, rubbing his eyes, etc)....on a good day he naps 2 x, no more than 20-30 min at a time. Soooo I don't get much of a break. We read a lot of books, take our dog for walks around the neighborhood, do errands when needed but what can else can I do? I have tried to find playgroups, story time, etc, but they are always in the AM when I am trying to get that first nap of the day in. When Ive tried to go he conks out in the car on the way over and I won't wake him up when we get there. So I have given up on AM activities. I def. leave him on his activity mat with some toys for bits of time by himself (he is safe, I can visually see him) to do some laundry or housework b/c, as I mentioned, I don't exactly have time to do that while he catnaps for 20 min. What is a typical day like for other moms with babies this age? How much independent play time do you give your little one- meaning, you aren't engaging them and they are entertaining themselves? I play with him, read to him...but I need a break and I also think it's important that he develops the ability to self-regulate and not have me in his face all day. My little guy isn't crawling (yet). Im hoping once he gets moving the nap time will increase. The days are long and hard with no nap breaks, especially considering he doesn't sleep well at night.