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Can you tell me what you do with your 6 month old all day please?

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HelgatheHairy Sun 09-Feb-14 11:27:49

I've always just kind of bumbled around with DD but with starting weaning I'm thinking I should have more of a routine. What do you do with your 6 month old all day.

Artandco Sun 09-Feb-14 11:40:01

Mine are older now ( youngest 2) but we did whatever I fancied at that age tbh, rather than for them if that made sense:

Ie I would go to a museum I fancied, meet a friend for coffee after. Friend might have baby too so little ones could 'play'

I brought a jogger pram and took too jogging most days. Also went swimming most Eve's with dh and one o us would swim, one play with baby (babies) in water and swap.

I always had them in a routine that suited us as adults ie bed at 9pm, wake 8/9am. Meant we could all spend time together in eve out at dinner/ swimming/ etc, and no early wakings smile I figure no need until school age

At home I have always worked from home with them, most when napping, but also when awake sometimes. They would play on sheepskin on floor, or sit with me. We bathed together a lot, passes time and they like. We read a lot also, sometimes what I fancied, some picture books. Otherwise I just kept them with me, ie if cooking would put in highchair so they could see

SourSweets Sun 09-Feb-14 22:55:44

Mine is 6 months old. He goes to sleep late and wakes up late, so we get up at about 9 or 10am, he plays "by himself" while I have breakfast. By that I mean on his mat with the baby gym or in a bouncer. Then we play together, with toys, singing or home made treasure boxes that I renew every so often.

At about midday I feed him a banana, or some sweet potato, whatever. Hoping to increase to breakfast and lunch soon but for now we just do lunch.

Then he naps for half an hour or so. Then at 1 or 2 we go to a baby group. Get home at 3 or 4. Another nap until 5. Then more playing together. DH gets home at 7 and will play with him, he'll nap for another hour or so at 8, bath at 9, in his cot about 10pm.

I'm not super strict though, our days are fairly fluid and the routine that we have has really been dictated by him.

Doodle1983 Mon 10-Feb-14 07:36:01

Ah this sounds lovely. Looking forward to my little one being more alert

Beanymonster Mon 10-Feb-14 08:25:28

Get yourself to some baby groups, they were an absolute life line for me and honestly kept me sane!

If you have a look at yor local Bernardo's/ sure start centre they should have an under 1s group, full of people who are doing what you are!

It also means you can make some 'baby friends' smile

Eletheomel Mon 10-Feb-14 08:37:57

My son has just turned 8 months, but like you when he was 6 months I started thinking I should maybe do more stuff with him (only went to 2 or 3 baby groups before 6 months). However, I've still not done that much more with him :-)

At the mo, I take DS1 to nursery, come back with DS2, we play, I try to get him down for nap, then we go back to pick up DS1. We all have lunch, then DS2 goes for nap (hopefully!) in the afternoon and I play with DS1.

There are two baby groups on locally (I don't drive so can't get much further and I need to be back for DS1) and I hope to start going to them regularly, but to be honest, I actually quite like pottering round the house with DS2 and he's happy enough so I don't feel he's missing out that much, and that tends to make me lazy about going :-)

IMO babies don't really need baby groups and activities, they're just for the mums - if you're happy doing what you're doing just now, no worries, if you feel like you want to get out more, find out what's on locally, but don't kill yourself to do 'activities' every day unless you're the kind of person who needs that - I'm happy being lazy grin

nibbysmum Mon 10-Feb-14 09:06:31

My son is 18 weeks so not 6 months yet but I've been feeling a bit like I'm just pottering around doing nothing and feeling a little bored so I'm going to baby groups now and have also signed up for voluntary work that I can do with baby. (Visiting and helping the elderly). I feel like I'm a better, happier mum if I have a couple of hours out each day. On thursdays I stay at home and play though

HelgatheHairy Mon 10-Feb-14 12:57:49

Thanks all. I'm not in the uk and live rurally (have a car though) but there isn't the same amount of groups here. There is a bit of a get on with it attitude. I might try and find one a week though.

Just finding it a bit tough as I'm ill this week.

SourSweets Mon 10-Feb-14 14:23:19

I think as eletheomel said up thread, baby groups aren't super important for the baby. It's nice to get them in a different environment but they don't need much by way of entertainment. I wrapped some wooden shapes in tin-foil yesterday and it drove my baby wild with excitement! So don't feel like you're not doing enough by not going to groups. They just like to be talked to and cuddled and given the odd interesting thing to touch, all of which I'm sure you are already doing!

Hope you feel better soon.

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