What do you DO with your babies?

(70 Posts)
GuernseyTeddy Mon 09-Dec-13 13:01:14

DS 16 weeks. Not a happy chappy at the moment; neither am I. He seems to be constantly unhappy. He's not content to sit in his chair with a rattle/crinkle toy/bell etc while I potter around. He won't lay and play on his activity mat. He HATES tummy time.

He only stops the constant, very annoying low level grizzling when I'm giving him my complete 100% undivided attention - singing, talking, dancing him around etc. which is fair enough for half an hour etc but is draining all day long.

Slings etc are not an option. I am tiny, he is not. Already feel taken over by him by the way he flings himself all over me during feeds.

Any suggestions on how you kept your babies happy without being a 24/7 entertainer??

GuernseyTeddy Mon 09-Dec-13 13:03:53

I think he's bored tbh. He's perfectly happy at baby groups and when we're out and about - it's only when we're at home that he rails at the lack of stimulation. But we do have to be at home sometimes!!

purrtrillpadpadpad Mon 09-Dec-13 13:07:23

Lots of walks.
Baby groups where baby has interesting things to look at / listen to.
I bought a playmat but a thick blanket will do, spread on the floor and lie down with your baby. DD was horrendous for basically whining/grizzling from dawn til dusk while she worked out how to roll and get about. Now she's 6.5 months and happy as larry on the floor rolling from one end of the room to the other. Particularly if the cat is sitting still and DD thinks she has a chance of getting to grab some lovely fur (my cat always moves just when she's nearly there!)

Unpopular suggestion:

Bit of telly. Only now and then. <runs away>

rockybalboa Mon 09-Dec-13 13:07:46

How strong is his neck? Get your hands on a Jumperoo. Lifesaver... Might want to look on ebay/local FB selling sites etc as they are pretty expensive. My more money than sense childless Dsis bought ours for DS1. 5 years later DS3 is in, one of Dsis's friends used it for her baby and as and when Dsis has kids it will do them too.

rockybalboa Mon 09-Dec-13 13:09:25

^Unpopular suggestion:

Bit of telly. Only now and then. <runs away>^

Oooh yes, DS3 is v happy when 'watching' Cbeebies with his brothers. There is a BabyTV channel if that makes you feel less guilty although DS3 was quite content with Escape to the Country yesterday... blush

purrtrillpadpadpad Mon 09-Dec-13 13:10:12

Get friends over. Make use of Lamaze toys / anything that rustles, should be distracting.
But also, how bored can one baby really get at four months? How long does your baby go between naps?

rockybalboa Mon 09-Dec-13 13:10:19

I mean fblush of course. And that quote was supposed to be in italics. idiot

GuernseyTeddy Mon 09-Dec-13 13:17:28

I know I sound really silly saying he's bored but he's a very alert baby. In the hospital despite the most drug addled labour ever, he was watching everything within an hour or two of his birth. The doctor even joked at his check up that he looked as though he was reading the medical notes he was making in the red book. Of course I know he wasn't but he is one of those babies.

He can't quite sit up yet supported, and gets very annoyed very quickly at not being able to move his arms and legs when propped up.

Have been thinking about jumperoo though - might just buy one to save my sanity!

purrtrillpadpadpad Mon 09-Dec-13 13:17:46

Ooh Op you could try Cloudbabies (I was very sleep deprived when DD was 4 months, I think I watched it more for me than her, it is bloody gorgeous though) also if you have completely taken leave of your senses, you could try Baby Jake. I completely detest it personally... There's also Timmy Time. Love that to bits.

They're all good because they are short, like ten minutes, so you don't have to feel too guilty about melting your baby's brain, and it's long enough to get a wash on and make a brew.

GuernseyTeddy Mon 09-Dec-13 13:19:23

Telly is good. But I feel so bad letting him watch it. I only do it when the alternative is handing him to any passing stranger on the street as I'm so fed up of him grizzling. blush

Jiltedjohnsjulie Mon 09-Dec-13 13:30:47

Take him swimming, it knocked mine out for ages. Try to get him outside at least once a day. Put together a treasure basket for him and yes a bit of telly. My DS loved those baby Einstein ones. I know they are a con but it was one of the only ways he would stop grumbling.

The jumperoo sounds good, my DS loved his door bouncer.

If you are feeling overwhelmed when he's feeding its never too early to start with some nursing manners smile

Citybaby Mon 09-Dec-13 13:34:54

My jumperoo has saved my sanity and my arms! My baby at that stage where she doesn't want to lie down on her play mat but can't quite sit up unaided yet, she's heavy and wriggly so not the easiest to carry around all the time (plus I think she gets quite bored watching me make yet another cup of tea!), but will happily be put in her jumperoo. She absolutely loves it, I haven't even put the batteries in yet so she may explode with excitement when she realises there are lights and sounds, it's been a month and honestly it has made life so much easier and more fun for both of us. She also loves to watch strictly come dancing in it blush

funnyvalentine Mon 09-Dec-13 13:41:40

I have a slightly older baby who also hates tummy time and lying on his back. He wants to sit up and watch everything, so I prop him up with cushions at home and give him stuff to hold. Or just take him out and about - he's happy going for walks, or to the shops, with things to see. Luckily I also have a toddler to entertain him at home!

Melonbreath Mon 09-Dec-13 20:00:54

Jumparoo Jumparoo Jumparoo. Total life saver. I too had an alert baby and the Jumparoo was a godsend. I couldn't have managed without it. Suddenly I could have a cup of tea and just get away with grinning along with dd and the occasional 'bouncy bouncy bouncy'

I would have died without it.

Other than that as many walks, groups etc as you can cram in. Baby screenings at the cinema were good too, I could watch a film and dd watched everything else

lovelyredwine Mon 09-Dec-13 20:10:19

My dd was like this. I have a friend with a ds a few weeks younger than dd and she could leave him for an hour on his playmat entertaining himself whilst she washed up, tidied, had a cup of tea etc. I was so jealous. After 5 minutes my dd was whinging and starting to cry. I went on walks, took her to my mil's or my mum's house for a change of scenery, met friends, went to groups etc. I also read to her A LOT as I was knackered so wanted to sit down- she enjoyed this and still does.

It does get better, but my dd is still quite keen on us being hands on with her at nearly 3- she seems to think she's missing out if she's playing happily and we're nearby but doing other things.

JollySparklyGiant Mon 09-Dec-13 20:11:31

Does he sleep? DS was pretty unhappy until we instituted a routine and he was getting lots of naps.

DD is 15 weeks and at the moment is up for less than 2 hours at a time. Generally I feed her, then chat to her while she poos. Then I change her. After that she's sometimes in her bouncy chair for a bit but usually in my arms. She's not keen on being put on the ground.

She usually gets grumpy for a bit 45 minutes after she wakes and needs to be carried for a bit then, but after that she calms down again. If she's particularly grumpy I put her in the sling for a bit smile

I figure she's never going to learn to roll - she's not on the ground often enough!

catellington Mon 09-Dec-13 20:15:04

Does he have a play gym? Dd would play on that for a bit on her own at that age, it did take her some time to get into it. Hanging a mirror overhead is good.

When you say chair, what type of chair! Dd had a couple of simple bouncy chairs, the basic bright start asda one and a cheap mamas and papas one, and you can add extra toys to the toy arch when they get bored.

Dd never got into baby tv but for some reason loved sex and the city. I think she liked he close ups of people chatting and used to chat along with them!

16 weeks was a lot of effort though I remember and a lot of entertaining dd, but she did go longer and longer periods playing happily without my input over the following weeks.

She also hated tummy time but loved nappy free time, playing with any bits of fabric, songs - do you have any relatives or friends who can come over and help with the entertainment??

Agree as well on getting out and about every day, regardless of weather, will make you both feel better.

BotBotticelli Mon 09-Dec-13 20:35:24

Yes yes baby tv!!! Sky channel 623. Animated nursery rhymes, no adverts, mostly British programmes. I know this will be unpopular but I started a threa on hear at my wits end with very grumpy bored DS when he was 4 mo.

I genuinely believe that if you haven't had a baby like my DS then you cannot possibly understand what it's like! Every time I see women out wih placid happy babies chewing their fists, for like, 20 minutes I want to scream and stamp my feet at the unfairness of it all...! My god I mean I LOVE DS but he is such such such hard work.

Here's the good news: now he is 12mo and almost waking he is much much easier. Every developmental leap DS makes (rolling, sitting, crawling, cruising) he gets MUCH happier and easier to look after. I think he just hated being a young baby. I had to do whatever I could to get through the day: lots f walks, out twice a day (at least), down the local shop in the Baby Bjorn you would think I had never read mumsnet, baby groups, rhyme time at the library from about 5 months. At 4mo I would put baby tv on for 10 mins a few times per day so I coul have a shower, have a poo, have a drink, ear something wtc etc.

Incidentally now he is 12mo and into everything he hardly watches any telly at all. Maybe 10 mins of night garden before bed. He's much more interested in pulling all the magnets off the fridge, pushing his walker round the house, playing cars, pushing a ball to me and back again etc etc.

Don't feel bad - some babies are just haaaaaard work. I am sure your baby will be a delightful toddler :-)

BotBotticelli Mon 09-Dec-13 20:44:44


this is the thread I started 8 months ago when my DS was 4mo...lots of mixed opinions about baby TV, obviously, but also lots of reassurance that 4 months old can be a particularly shitty challenging time.

Are you living in a small flat as well by any chance OP?? We are in a small flat with DS (one open plan living and kitchen space) which basically means he spends most of his time in the house in one room....which he seems to be very bored of very quickly! Not the same as being in a house where you can change the scenery fairly often (folding laundry in dining room, cooking in kitchen, playmat in lounge, cleaning upstairs, walk round garden etc etc). None of these options available to us, and I think that has made things harder.

Or, as the ladies on the above thread say, it could just be that 4mo is a hard time, lots of developmental leaps, growth spurts, sleep regressions etc etc.

IndecisivePramBuyer81 Mon 09-Dec-13 20:48:44

I swear mine gets bored too and has done from a very early age (currently 23wks)! We go to several baby groups every week and I take massive detours walking to them. He's only happy for about 20mins at a time even in his Jumperoo..TV works well but I also feel guilty!

teacher123 Mon 09-Dec-13 20:55:55

Jumperoo jumperoo jumperoo! DS loved it!

lilyaldrin Mon 09-Dec-13 21:00:22

I'd definitely get a decent sling, I can't believe a 16 week old is really too heavy for an adult to carry and you can put him on your back if he's holding his head up fine.

catellington Mon 09-Dec-13 21:03:43

I found that age difficult for the sling, I had used a stretchy wrap but dd started to gave other ideas. It was ok if I walked very briskly!

catellington Mon 09-Dec-13 21:04:06


PoppyAmex Mon 09-Dec-13 21:06:05

DD was worse as she wouldn't be put down... ever.

The Jumperoo saved my sanity. Really.

Gerty1002 Mon 09-Dec-13 21:34:58

My 12 week old DS is like this too, his eyes were also wide open straight after birth and he's been very alert since.

The jumperoo has arrived as an early Christmas present from my DM, as he holds his head very well and is 17lb already (10lb4oz at birth) so sling was not an option. He is still a bit bemused by it at the moment but I can tell it's going to be a lifesaver smile.

GuernseyTeddy Mon 09-Dec-13 21:37:19

Well - seems jumperoo is out of stock everywhere apart from our local argos for pick up. So might have to pop along there tomorrow.

Naps wise - not really. Sleeps 13 hours at night, 6pm to 7/7.30 am ish with a dream feed at 10. So only needs about 3hrs in the day.

Think I'm going to have to take him swimming more. Already take him twice a week- local pool waterbabies and a proper franchise waterbabies class too. He loves it, but may start growing gills at this rate.

Whatnamenext Mon 09-Dec-13 21:43:35

Oh yes! Nappy off time in front of deal or no deal. Happy days!

GuernseyTeddy Mon 09-Dec-13 21:45:59

He loves nappy off time ....as he HATES pooing in a nappy. Instead he waits until nappy off time and plops one out and rubs his feet in it, as soon as mummy's back is turned! shock

muddylettuce Mon 09-Dec-13 21:46:20

Baby groups (swimming, baby sensory, rhyme time, yoga) 2-3 times a week, for your sanity as well as the baby's! A walk every day is a must for me, it's free which is a bonus. When I'm at home I try and mix things up as much as possible, rotating toys so she has different ones each day. I alternate between, play gyms, doorway bouncer, rocker, floor, playpen, activity chair. I also use the tv and don't feel guilty about it! It's not on all day but an hour in the evening while I'm cooking dinner is a life saver, it's on in the background while she rolls around on the floor playing with her toys so it's not as if she's rotting away in front of it. When she was a bit younger it was harder to leave her to her own devices so it might just require a bit of patience. X

heather1 Mon 09-Dec-13 21:46:45

I'd second the swimming, lots of walks and hand him over to Oh/grandmother etc whenever you can to get a break. Have you tried baby massage? My Ds loved that.

rhubarb82 Mon 09-Dec-13 22:36:08

My 15 week old DD is similar - apparently their alertness is a sign of intelligence, so just try to keep that in mind!

Some good ideas here. For me the best thing is to ensure that I have something planned for every day of the week and plan our time around that. So, even if it's just meeting up with another mum and baby for coffee I can somehow spend a few hours in the morning preparing (loooong nappy changes, ensure a good nap, etc) ant tthen actually head out in the afternoon.

Everything I've heard suggests that it gets easier once they can move independently so for now it's just a case of hanging in there....

catellington Mon 09-Dec-13 22:50:26

guernsey we got a couple of cheap messy mats from early learning centre for nappy free time as dd loved it so much, we did about two 45 min sessions a day and she would happily roll around laughing to herself in the nude!

MummyBeerestCupOfCheerest Mon 09-Dec-13 23:51:46

He sounds like a smart baby-those ones are hard. (So I'm told, DD was/is the same way.)

Echoing the jumperoo sentiments, and baby massage which DD loved too, as well as reading-I read the entire Beatrix Potter collection to DD at 4 months. Now 16 months, we are regulars at the library as we've read all her books at home more than once.

Also-have you tried the swing? OMG the swing. THE SWING.

And finally. ..

He's totally little enough that you can watch shows you like. He won't remember. Honestly!

waceystills Tue 10-Dec-13 10:44:08

Like a few others have said, jumperoo

Sanity saver. Hope you get one today OP xx

GuernseyTeddy Tue 10-Dec-13 11:50:06

Are they heavy/bulky? Would I be able to carry one home with the pushchair??? Or do I need to wait until someone can pick one up for me to borrow?

Don't want to look like a pillock staggering home under the weight of a jumperoo grin

GuernseyTeddy Tue 10-Dec-13 11:51:19

Tomorrow - not to borrow.

Although given the price of them...They do come complete with a nanny right?!

Gerty1002 Tue 10-Dec-13 12:08:28

I don't think you could carry one with the pushchair I'm afraid, the box is pretty big!

waceystills Tue 10-Dec-13 12:29:57

Amazon reduce them every now and then, mine was £55.

We had to wait 2 weeks for it though. They said EDD was March 2014! DP complained as they were not out of stock anywhere else and it turned up 2 days later.

Jumperoo is one of the many reasons I am thankful for mumsnet.

Do you ever play music or the radio for him? I found DS would watch me potter for ages if he had something to listen to.

I don't mean baby music either, real music you like, you can experiment and see what he likes. My DS was very fond of old Johnny Cash, anything with that kind of bouncy rhythm. He liked ska, hated classical, etc.

Scarlettsstars Tue 10-Dec-13 12:57:35

Jumperoos turn up loads on ebay. They'll be pricey at the mo because of bloody humbugging Xmas but cheaper after I'd imagine.

VenusDeWillendorf Tue 10-Dec-13 13:00:13

Congrats gurnesy!
You have a smart lad there, and you won't regret it later, tough as it seems now.

My dd was very like this, and I just carried her for her first year: i carried her around all day long, and sang to her, and massaged her, and told her stories and talked to her constantly about what i was dojng, showed her things I was doing, fed her, and held her, and had her in the sling and just didn't put her down, even to go to the loo, even though she was 2 foot long when she was born, and I'm only 5'3", and she was heavy, very heavy!

It was exhausting, ill be honest, but I put her first and we muddled through. I learnt a lot about my self.
Basically I just gave and gave, and now that dd is older she really doesn't ask for much at all: she's very secure and self confident. Se only needed that intense level of care and attention for her first year. I'm glad I put in so much work with her and put myself second. My dd is a gifted and talented kid, in the top 3percentile. She's also a really nice easy going kid.

You will reap the rewards of putting in the work with him now - come on here to gripe about how exhausted you are, but be the best you can be for him, give him the human comfort he needs now to develop as a little human being. He's telling you what he needs, so it's your job to listen and give it to him. He's entirely dependant on you - he has no other mummy, it's just you who can give him what he needs from his mummy.

Go the extra mile with him, and you'll have no regrets. He will pay you back many fold if you put in the work with him now by being a fabulous kid, and I bet he's really smart.

Scarlettsstars Tue 10-Dec-13 13:11:18

Posted too soon. Meant to also say - I feel your pain and have the same problem. Indeed DS (now 5 months) is such a little .....darling...that I've been having to have physiotherapy for a frapped up neck so I feel your pain literally. We had the same though with fewer physiotherapists with dd (now 3.5) and it does pass. We didn't find the jumperoo much help with dd so haven't bothered with DS ( though of course sods law he'd probably take to it) but I know lots of people who bless the name of fisher price grin. Re feeding aerobics- swaddling works for my DS. I wrap him up like an angry sausage roll and that stops the wild rodeo routine at each feed, but probably looks insane.smile

BB01 Tue 10-Dec-13 18:32:40

Sorry if I missed this being suggested already but there are loads of different slings and carriers out there and people use them til their kids are 3 or 4 so don't rule it out if poss. My baby, at five months, is still umputdownable lots of the time and I find the carrier's just amazing for hands-free time!

Peppa33 Tue 10-Dec-13 19:07:40

I second swimming. Takes a load of time up and guarantees a decent sleep.
Also put your favourite cds on and singalong, and dance, with baby in arms if you can. I got through loads of endless afternoons that way.
Mine only got easier at six months, when she could spend an age chewing a rice cake...
I always thought i had a firstborn who would have preferre arriving into a family with older siblings, i just couldnt provide the busy environment she enjoyed.

Jackanory1978 Tue 10-Dec-13 19:43:38

My ds was similar at that age; but once he could roll & crawl he became a very happy, smiley, contented baby.

Could you try someones jumperoo first? To make sure your ds actually likes it before you spend the money. We brought him one (Amazon, reduced to £55) & he likes it for short periods, but it wasn't the amazing lifesaver everyone said it was. Also I tried it at 4/5 months (he had good head support) but he wasn't impressed, & he was 6 months
before he seemed happy in it. However he loves his door swing & will bounce in it for ages, it's much cheaper too.

islingtongirl Tue 10-Dec-13 21:17:00

I could have written your post about my 15 week old DD OP. Literally feel like I am going insane here. OH works late most nights and starting to feel very lonely. DD grizzles and cries all the time, I have tried everything. Doesn't help I am stuck inside mostly dealing with building works. Let me know if you manage to get a jumperoo and if it works! I'll try anything....

islingtongirl Tue 10-Dec-13 21:17:22

Ps it's so reassuring to hear stories that they get better!

Madonna1987 Tue 10-Dec-13 21:55:13

Jumperoo! Wish we had got it sooner. My dd was the same. She doesnt even like the tv though! Was hard entertaining a young alert baby who rarely slept ( literally fought naps from newborn) now she is. 7 minths and is sooo much easier as she can crawl(well shuffle) and use her jumperoo!!

GuernseyTeddy Wed 11-Dec-13 08:19:15

Jumperoo today!! Will post back on whether it tames my savage beast.

He was putting a spoon in his mouth yesterday. And pretending to eat. Just know the little bugger is going to be clever.

youaremychocolatecake Wed 11-Dec-13 09:00:24

I get the bored thing. My first son wa like that from a very young age. Always needed stimulation. I found him much easier out if the house than in. It improved once he became mobile and more so once he could talk. He's 4 now and still fairly highly strung ;)

littlelionman Wed 11-Dec-13 09:20:50

Mine was very similar - bored very quickly, would only nap in a moving pram or carrier - hard work!
Have you tried a sling library? I have an Ergo and DS loved it (and still does at 15mo) - I'm short and can easily carry him in it. He could see everything going on and I could chat to him. He now rides on my back but when he was younger he faced me so he could see the world and see me chatting.
I tried to split the day - something for the morning, something for the afternoon eg go to baby group in morning, walk to shop/park in afternoon. For me getting out of the house was key or we'd both go nuts.
DS was never interested in TV (even now) so it doesn't work for everyone.
DS can now walk and talk, and is very bright. And he can play by himself very happily for short periods while I shower/cook/do laundry! It gets so much better, it really does. We swim and go to soft play, and he loves the park. He also goes to nursery 3 days a week which has saved my sanity...
It's easy to be jealous of the Mums with the docile little puddings who grin, sleep and sit quietly.. But I bet your DC is very smart and will be a delight as a toddler.smile

GuernseyTeddy Wed 11-Dec-13 12:08:49

We have a jumperoo!! grin

Only had half an hour in it so far before going down for his midday nap, but seems favourable so far. We had a chuckle. Legs can't reach the floor yet though.

islingtongirl Wed 11-Dec-13 12:27:30

Hurrah guernsey! I have ordered one off amazon but looks like it might take an age to get here!

GuernseyTeddy Wed 11-Dec-13 12:37:13

Islingtongirl - let me know how long if takes you to put together. All the instructions are fairly simple - until you get to the seat assembly instructions, which I'm certain where translated through several different language changes before revering back to completely inintelligible English.

islingtongirl Wed 11-Dec-13 13:29:42

Haha will do! I now fear my won't be delivered until DD is about a year old now tho! What age is it supposed to be used from? Presumably 4m ok of decent head control? I have seen ppl put a cushion under baby's feet if they aren't long enough btw

GuernseyTeddy Wed 11-Dec-13 13:40:27

Ooh - good idea about the cushion!

Guessing from 4m is fine. DS has great head control as mummy is quite often absent minded at swimming and forgets she's meant to be keeping his face out of the water...He's often executing a perfect cobra pose to avoid accidental submersion smile

Artandco Wed 11-Dec-13 19:12:30

Are you sure he's not overtired? I know you say he sleeps well at night but in comparison both of mine at 16 weeks slept 12 hrs overnight and then in the day only stayed awake for about 90 mins/ 2hrs max in between nap

So by the time they say woke at 8am, and had been fed/ changed/ washed it was 9am, a little sing to them/ play and they would be asleep by 9.30am. If I left them until 10am they would be fully overtired

islingtongirl Wed 11-Dec-13 21:07:34

I don't know about Guernsey, but i would love it if I could get DD to nap within 1.5-2hrs of waking but what if you can't ? It sounds easy when written but she fights naps at home and I find it very hard to get her to nap and stay asleep for a decent amount of time. I try and look for tired cues but I often end up having to bfeed her to sleep and calm down (from crying when I put her down). Any tips?

JollySparklyGiant Wed 11-Dec-13 21:16:41

Have you looked at the babywhisperer? The routines are obviously not for everyone and their web forum is shit to navigate, but once you get the hang of it there's loads of useful information on there.

BW would expect a 4 month old to be on a 4 hour schedule (more frequent feedings if BF).

So it would be something like:
0700 wake up
0700 feed
0845 put down for nap, asleep by 0900
1100 wake up and feed
1300 nap
1500 wake up and feed
1700 short nap
1730 wake up
1900 feed and bed

But there's loads of flexibility to work out a routine that suits you all.

Sorry, that was a slight tangent... There's lots of stuff about how to teach your baby to self settle and techniques to stretch naps.

We used it to good effect with DS and we're doing a bit with DD.

islingtongirl Thu 12-Dec-13 07:47:41

Thanks Jolly - I'll take a look. God knows how I am supposed to get DD to take 2 x 2 hr naps at home tho! In pram if I am out she might, at home no way! The mysteries of babies....smile

GuernseyTeddy Thu 12-Dec-13 08:01:16

He naps in line with the 'evil woman routine'. Morning nap at 9 - 9:30 and midday nap at 12 - 2. If he doesn't nap well at midday (if we're out and about for example), then I try to get him to take 30 minutes mid afternoon as otherwise he's a grumpy fellow. And he does get 13 hours at night, so that's roughly in line with the 16 hours a day max babies this age need.

GuernseyTeddy Thu 12-Dec-13 08:21:45

Jumperoo update: He likes it. Can't really play with it by himself yet - which is what I was hoping (but definitely when he grows a bit). He's using the cushion underneath him to push up on his legs and 'stand up', which I can only assume is helping develop some muscle strength. And a huge bonus - great for bringing up burps! He's a burping machine in it! grin

Gerty1002 Thu 12-Dec-13 10:05:39

Ahh yes I pop DS in for a little while after he's been changed and fed to get any remaining wind up. Luckily the covers are washable as he had silent reflux, which is now no longer 'silent', unfortunately!

mummyxtwo Thu 12-Dec-13 13:37:04

Jumperoos are worth their weight in gold. I survived with ds1 thanks to our jumperoo. Dd2 liked it too although didn't go as wild jumping as ds1 did. Have you also got a play gym? It's handy to have one of those as well and rotate him - play gym, chair, jumperoo, nap, feed etc etc. (Just not feed then jumperoo unless you want to see the feed again!) Even if he gets bored with each fairly quickly it will still give you places to put him down and save your arms and sanity.

GuernseyTeddy Thu 12-Dec-13 21:08:31

We have a play gym, a bouncy chair, a Lamaze tummy time mat with rotating butterfly support, and of course now a Jumperoo too. FFS!! shock Our house is only tiny too.

He's got to the stage now where he's only happy to go on his play gym for about 30 mins after being fed in the morning, and before he gets dressed and goes down for his morning nap. I think he's truly bored of it having been put on it several times a day since he was about two weeks old.

Bouncy chair he'll sit in on the odd occasion with something to hold and play with, but he quickly gets annoyed at his restricted movement.

Lamaze tummy time hasn't been used much simply as he has a weird habit of rooting at the floor, and then crying after a few minutes. May pull out again now his head control is better.

I also use his highchair - cosatto 3sixti spinning one, for him to sit in while I do chores in the kitchen...bottles, unloading dishwasher etc. Again he quickly gets fed up of the restricted movement.

Other than that I just lay the big cot quilt on the floor and scatter a few bits and pieces around him.

He really does have quite an entertainment schedule....but have too vary it as I really cannot stand that discontented grizzle he does. Far worse than his tired screams, it's like nails on a blackboard to me.

islingtongirl Sat 28-Dec-13 16:14:23

Hey Guernsey - just catching up, how is your LO now and over xmas? We are much the same unfort - still grizzling and crying a LOT and I got quite upset about it at one point. Hoping it will get better!

islingtongirl Sat 28-Dec-13 16:14:32

Hey Guernsey - just catching up, how is your LO now and over xmas? We are much the same unfort - still grizzling and crying a LOT and I got quite upset about it at one point. Hoping it will get better!

GuernseyTeddy Mon 30-Dec-13 20:01:22

Hey IslingtonGirl!

Sorry to hear about the grizzling. It is annoying isn't it?? Took DS to the GP early December as he was refusing to feed, and along with grumpiness thought something MUST be wrong. But nope! I do now though have advice just to continue giving Calpol/neurofen when he needs it and not just the three days advised on the packaging, so at least I can drug him when he gets extremely tyrannical and teething.

He's been very unsettled with all the travelling, different people etc over the holidays. The last couple of nights he even had the cheek to try not settling when I put him to bed at six shock, but that seems to have stopped now that we're back home. Thank goodness - it's the only saving grace that I can put him to bed at six pm and escape until morning.

Really hoping that this needing constant entertainment is just a phase though.

Kelly1814 Mon 30-Dec-13 20:07:39

Oh my god,this is my baby too! 15 weeks, she does not nap for more than 20 minutes, twice a day. Always bright eyed, alert, won't,relax.

Feeds every 3 Horus max, am hardly sleeping at night.

I said to a friend the other day, what on earth can I do to fill all these bloody hours with her!

Some great suggestions on here.

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