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    Default What do you do with your newborn?

    May sound like a silly question but what does everybody do with their bub throughout the day. She is mostly asleep orr feeding and then when awake we have cuddles, lay on her tummy time mate with her or shelves on our chest and we cuddle/talk etc. Is this enough stimulation or should we be doing more with her??

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    I think newborns don't really need much stimulation but I'm subbing anyway cause I don't really know haha

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    I was wondering this too lol I mostly do exactly what you said with the occasional trip in the car, or walk in the pram (which he sleeps through anyway so I don't know if this counts!)

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    At that age they are happy to just spend time with you, staring into each others eyes, cooing, chatting and cuddling. They think you are the most fascinating, wonderful, amazing person in the world, so you really don't have to try hard to entertain them

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    My day with my 5 week old.
    Feed. Burp. Wrap. Ssshuuusshh. Pat bum. Put in bouncer. Re settle. Give dummy. Extract 2yr old from bouncer. Feed. Put in car. Pull over and scrabble around for dummy. Insert dummy. Continue trip.
    Repeat.

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    She's pretty spot on about that then Hollywood lol

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    Feed, cuddle, marvel at the beautiful tiny squish in your arms that you created, and repeat!

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    We had a lot of staring contests when DS was a teeny newborn. He always won. He was (and is) a very alert baby so I tried to actively keep him amused with silly songs and random babble as I went about my day, but honestly, most of the time he seemed pretty content to just watch and stare at stuff.

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    If I have things to do, I put bub in her bouncer and chat to her about what I'm doing, our dogs, what we're doing on the weekend, what we're having for dinner, etc. I've found that my voice keeps her calm so if I'm not able to be paying my full attention to her, at least she knows I'm close.

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    Aside from the cycle of feed, burp, settle, sleep . . .

    I recently bought a bouncer and have popped my 7 week old daughter in that with the vibration and music going. She's just started to notice the toy bar and I give them a spin or a squeak as I give her a bounce (those things should be fitted with foot pedals so you can bounce them while sitting, don't you reckon??) This allows me to have a shower or do the dishes as I move her around the house.

    I also chat to her, sing silly songs, we go for walks with the pram and drives in the car - all of which she seems to enjoy. Felt a bit silly talking to her at first (and I'm aware I don't do it much when I'm still in zombie mode in the morning but working on it)

    Starting to rattle toys at her now as she shows more interest. I've definitely felt like I should be doing more stimulation with her and feel guilty for being on the iPad when she's feeding instead of gazing at her lovingly as the TV ads dictate (which I do do, just not EVERY time!)


 

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