Bored At 4 Months

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Deirdra - February 9

My Ds will be 4 months on the 14th...and i feel like i am boring him...i can make him smile and what not...i have a swing and a bumbe and bouncy seats and play mats but he seems so bored...he loves to talk and we have long conversations....but what can we do for interactions....or play time? i have to give him all my attention too...or he screams himself sick until i pick him up...

 

Lisastar9 - February 9

Try buying a mirror you place on the wall ,the doorway ones long anf skinny. Mount it on the floor near the baseboard for ds to look at himself. ,try to find one of those things at go above ds while he lies doen toy bar things. can you try to find a used exercauser for play. Oh I wish you lived closer to me I would give you mine. Try to buy a used jolly jumper. these are some things I have used for my boys for entertainment

 

luviduvi - February 9

I hate this age......my ds is 4 months too. I once heard of a mommy taking a white piece of paper and a black majic marker and drawing a solid triangle on it and her lo stared at it forever. Try it, it's a cheap idea. Why haven't I done that yet?

 

Deirdra - February 9

so let me guess Luviduvi your in the same boat as me?

 

CaliTrish - February 9

My DS turned 4 months yesterday. He really enjoys dancing around the livingroom. Airplane and twirling around are always a hit. Others activities we do are tummy-time on my tummy, arm exercises with him holding my thumbs, bicycle peddling for his legs, patty cake, peek-a-boo, bouncing him on my knee, playing with him on his activity mat and kick gym, and introducing toys to him now that he's able to grasp (he went into a giggle fest the other day with his vibrating dump truck). I've got a play-time book at home. I'll check it out, and post more ideas later tonight.

 

luviduvi - February 9

I have a 2 yo at home too. I can't twirl and dance with my 4 mo ds b/c he throws up enough as it is. My ds does sit in his exersaucer now too. They just get so bored so fast at this age it's hard to get anything done around the house. I could probably get a lot more done if I weren't on the darn forum ALL THE TIME!

 

Deirdra - February 9

Thanks Calitrish....My DS LOVES to stand...he hates tummy time and to sit...just stand...and he is good atr it too...he will just hold onto two fingers and hold himself up...i dont know if this is really bad for him though...

 

mandee25 - February 9

I read babies love to look at faces. An idea is to cut out pictures of faces from catalogues and make a collage for baby to look at.

 

CaliTrish - February 9

Deirdra - Old wives tales says standing this young will make them bowlegged. But if he likes it, you might try setting an exersaucer low enough so your ds can stand in it. Course, that doesn't do much for interacting unless you're down there playing with him. I still think staring at your face and hearing you talk is still their favorite "toy" at this age.

 

Deirdra - February 9

he LOVES getting rasberries...i know its silly but i give him rasberries every where armpits and all...he just dies laughing...oh and he SNORTS isnt he to young? its adorable though...he laughs so hard he gets the hiccups and then still laughs...

 

flower.momma - February 10

Just do what you can. You don't need to entertain him constantly or he will expect that and demand it later. Teaching him to entertain himself is as important as interacting with him. Also, it seems like a lot of babies get overstimulated and just need to chill. Just be there with him, talk to him, show him toys, but don't feel like you are boring him. Everything is so new and wonderful for your little guy that he can't possibly be bored.

 

Lalla - February 10

at that age my dd loved her floor gym - the mat with toys hanging from bowed bars over her. She also loved looking at pictures of other little children and also the very simple black and white pictures. She also loved being carried around in a sling, that way she could just hang out and watch me do things around the house. Also what flower.momma said - it is important that they get "along time" - you are right there of course - but that they themselves can explore for example a floor gym. I did that alot with my dd and now at 11 months she can play by herself really well.

 

CaliTrish - February 12

Sorry for the delay. From Gymboree "Baby Play", here are a few "fun-filled activities to maximize your baby's potential” (for 3 months & up): 1) Swat the Toy – attach a small plush toy or teething ring to brightly colored ribbon and dangle in front of baby – improves eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, & visual development; 2) Roll Me Over – place baby on one side of towel or blanket and gently lift it a bit so baby rolls onto side – improves balance, bilateral coordination, body awareness, & gross motor skills; 3) Target Practice – place baby on back and hold up a pie tin for baby to kick – improves body awareness, eye-foot coordination, & listening; and 4) Bubbles for Baby – buy a variety of bubble-b__wing toys & b__w different-sized bubbles for your baby – teaches cause & effect, improves eye-hand coordination & visual development. Hope I was able to give you some ideas for interacting with your 4-month old. Have fun.

 

Smilefull - February 12

they love the 1...2....3....UP!!! game. You lay them down on your lap with their head at your knees, holding on to their hands. Then you say...1....2.....3....and as you count you start kind lifting them up...It's great for their leg developement and if you coo, and make a big fuss when they stand they just seem like they feel sooo proud of accomplishing something. My son loved it when he was little, and he walked at 8 months. My daughter is now following in his footsteps, she's 4 months and just LOVING this game. My son also counts 1...2....3....and he's only 20 months old.

 

seanandmya - February 12

Is it really an old wives tale that they go bowlegged if you leave them stand at this age , I thought that was true , hope it's not though , I cdan rub it in my friends face , she has no kids and is always giving unwanated advice .

 

Smilefull - February 12

I wondered about that with my first, and I checked with my doctor. He said that they won't do anything that they're not ready to do.--the bowlegged thing came from people putting their kids in walkers/jumpers for hours on end.

 

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