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I have 3 kids, two are older and were in daycare by the time they were both around six to eight weeks old. However, I work at home now and this baby is at home with me. But I'm lost. I don't know what to do all day with her?? It was easy for the first few months when she pretty much just ate and slept and rotated with that all day. Now she stays awake for longer periods and I feel like I don't do enough with her. The days seem so long sometimes.
Right now I rotate between the exersaucer, bumbo, holding her while I work and talk on the phone with customers, giving her tummy time or putting her in the PnP to lay with her toys. The older kids also play with her some throughout the day depending on the day of the week, since I also homeschool.
What do child care providers do with the little babies??
To me, 4-6 mos. old is the most fun age for babies and the best time to start teaching them because they can't say no Something fun to do is start teaching her Baby Signs - sign language. Just start with maybe two words for each month. Usually babies start with words such as "eat" and "milk". You can learn Sign Language on your own for free online. Ididone word per week with my two year olds and now they can understand more than 100 words! It's a lot of fun too because it's a special thing between you and your child that other people won't always be able to detect and a more interesting way to communicate with your child. Also, you can read to her, teach her one color per month -make foods, toys, everything about that color. Babies understand way more than we give them credit for. We are the only ones who limit them. And just because they may not be able to speak to us to let us know they "get it" doesn't mean they aren't making mental notes for later when they are able to. Have fun - it goes by so quickly
I babysit a 6 month old and it's very similar especially if you have other kids or responsibilities. We have a similar rotation but I usually (if the weather is good) get them out for a walk or outside time. When we can't, the music is on and we dance. My boys dance and I hold the baby and dance with him. He actually does his own now, but it's face time, play time and then it changes the routine. Other than that, it's floor time, the jumperoo or exersaucer, eating, sleeping...
I go between the exersaucer, playpen, bouncy seat, and his play area. I make a barricade with larger furniture pieces and items that are too heavy for him to move. It gives him alot of space. Granted, in your situation, you don't have to worry about crawling yet.
I also rely alot on being outside for walks and the local playground. Don't be too hard on yourself. Alittle attention and giggles go a long way for such alittle guy.
I currently have a 4 month old in care, & yes you have to rotate. When I don't have too many kids I put her on a blanket in the middle of the floor & put toys a short distance away from her. She hasn't shown any signs of rolling over but I think this might help that. In the state of california we are not allowed to have jumper roo, swings, exersaucer, or bouncers. This make it a little harder with things to use.. I just got a bumbo, & she enjoys that. I also use a tummy time mat, & other things like this: Lady Bug Lucy Activity Play Gym - Pam Grace Creations - Toys "R" Us