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Went to a lunch with my friends today with babies of similar age and whilst I always enjoy it, sometimes I look at the other mums and feel bad I'm not 'playing' enough - what's normal??!!
I try to talk as much as possible, so always end of a feed and nappy change and if she's in the bouncer and I'm cooking i'll try to babble on. I've just set the play mat up and introduced toys as I can see she needs them now (just got over stimulated before) but I'll sometimes leave her to explore/play on her own as I just can't talk and play all the time it's exhausting and i'm at home on my own for a long day. We often go for walks. The other mums just seem so switched on and more playful!
I ask because she's also a baby who will stay in the cot for a (little) bit looking at the mobile without needing to pick her up and I just hope i'm giving enough developmental stimulation and she's not lying there totally bored. She seems alert and 'goo' chats/smiles now.
Sounds fine to me! If she's bored or lonely she'll let you know. If she's happy watching the world then I would enjoy the rest. It won't last long! Don't compare yourself to other mums. That way madness lies.
You're really lucky if you have a baby that can entertain themselves! You will be wishing that you could stop playing with them once they start to need constant distractions so I would enjoy it while you can....
Thanks . I know my post is a bit ridiculous but some of these mums seem to constantly be shaking a toy around of singing or jigging little Joey around etc. and I just feel exhausted watching tbh thinking is that what you're doing all the time . I thought I had a while before 24 entertainment was required!