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Offline virginiad

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« on: September 21, 2005, 08:02:42 am »
I keep seeing that you shouldn't stimulate your baby too much. so what are considered low stimulation activities?

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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2005, 13:34:51 pm »
I think it depends on what time of day it is and what type of baby you have! If my LO is quite awake he loves his bright playmat (with things dangling in his face) if hes tired, however, he'll cry if we put him on it as he finds it over stimulating. He also finds it over stimulating if we swap his activity (ie take him off his mat and sing to him etc). At night we tend to just pop him in his chair to look around until he gets tired but generally I think If babs is happy you arent over stimulating them! :D
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2005, 21:44:36 pm »
Still wouldn't mind finding out what people think are low stimulation activities. All the activities that I can think of seem to me to be stimulation, even reading, depending on the book.



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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2005, 01:32:51 am »
I agree that all activities are stimulating to a certain degree.  But some will get your baby more worked up then others.  Walking in the stroller, or in your arms and looking at trees or the sky etc. is very low key.  You could also try massage, or listening to music and swaying.  I have put a blanket on the grass in our backyard, and we just lay there and look at the sky and the wind blowing the trees.  Also book reading, but I find that not having anything in her face, ie: books, me, activity mat, are the best things for low stimulation.

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2005, 20:59:34 pm »
DD loves to watch me fold laundry. :lol:
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2005, 21:03:48 pm »
How about slow dancing and singing?
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2005, 23:50:59 pm »
2 things distinguish low stimulation to me

1) no bells and whistles.  the less "going on" the better for those times when you need a low stim. activity - try letting lo play with a stuffed dog (they can feel the texture, bite it, squeeze it, etc), a block or 2, things that are not in their face making noises etc - they can control how much they do with it.  i also put olivia sitting looking out the window at the trees, birds, etc which fascinates her but it is not too intense...

2) as explained to me by a nurse - WE are what make many things stimulating.  if you put lo down with toys (any kind) but leave it to them to decide how to play with it and which ones... then they shoudl be ok - it is when you shake toys at them, interact while they are playing, etdc that the stimulation increases. so the difference is there if you give THEM a squeaky toy to explore VS. you sitting there squeaking that mousy toy at the saying "look at the mouse, BLAH BLAH BLAH"

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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2005, 11:04:05 am »
Quote from: Kayna
DD loves to watch me fold laundry. :lol:

William loves to sit in his chair and watch me do any of the chores I have to do and often justs drifts off to sleep as I do them. I always knew washing up and laundry and making his bottles were boring jobs - guess Ive got the proof now as he falls fast asleep.

Ive just bought Will one of the Fisher Price Aqariums for the side of his crib. He finds that very soothing - in fact so do I and you can make it very stimulating with bubbles and lights and music or nice and low key with just the lights and the sound of the sea. He loves watching that as an activity before sliping effortlessly off for his nap.

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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2005, 20:36:40 pm »
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Ive just bought Will one of the Fisher Price Aqariums for the side of his crib. He finds that very soothing - in fact so do I and you can make it very stimulating with bubbles and lights and music or nice and low key with just the lights and the sound of the sea. He loves watching that as an activity before sliping effortlessly off for his nap.

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Wow do we love that thing.  Katie turns it on now in the middle of the night when she wakes up and it puts her right back to sleep.  My husband swears that somewhere in the world are parents who can't get to sleep without it after having used it for their baby for so long  :D

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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2005, 21:26:37 pm »
He he I so agree

My hubby and I find that we are soothed to sleep by the lovely aquarium music - but we are jealous that we can't see it from where it is in the babies crib. He often sets it off by accident in the night by kicking the button but I doubt it will be long before he figures out what to do to do it on purpose. I think the fisher price aquarium should be on every new mom and dads wish list - its a god send!

hehe Im sat here going "bom bom bom bom bom bom... twinkle twinkle little star.... etc etc " zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz