Post # 1
Unless I am right there talking to/reading to my twins or pushing them in the pram, they get bored and start crying. They have toys, teethers, a play gym, books, etc. but none of it keeps them occupied for long. They’re not yet sitting totally by themselves, which I think may be frustrating for them from a play perspective, but then again if I put them in the buggy or their high chairs to sit up with some toys, they get squirmy and agitated after just a few minutes. I feel like I’m their prisoner when we’re in the house! I like being with them, but sometimes it would be nice if they could entertain themselves for more than 30 seconds. It would be great to get to go pee or make a cup of coffee without a baby crying. I’m just exhausted at this point. It’s especially hard because they often tag-team so that one kicks off just as the other settles down.
Any tricks of the trade I’m missing? Are there any magic toys out there that will keep them occupied and happy? Not keen on sticking them in front of the tv and we don’t have loads of space in the house, so something smallish (or at least collapsible/storable) would be good.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
DS used to hate tummy time and being left to entertain himself for any amount of time. That said, a bit of fussing about it never killed him and he figured it out eventually. Start with two minutes and build from that point. Talk to them, sing to them, etc. from a short distance so they know Mommy is close by. Maybe put them face to face to find entertainment in each other? Hang in there, as this part will get easier with time.
Post # 4
@Twiglets: Let them cry a little bit. They arent used to be alone, so of course they are going to get fussy. You have to teach them that they can entertain themselves and that you eventually will come back.
No child died from crying or boredom…
Post # 5
@KoiKove: I do let them cry–a girl has to do what a girl has to do to get the dishes done or use the loo–but it would be nice to have ways to keep them occupied instead of having unhappy babies all the time. They’re twins, so if anything, I wonder if they’re needy because they don’t get enough individual attention.
I guess I’m wondering if stuff like jumperoos or door swings are actually effective for any length of time!
Post # 6
@Twiglets: Do you have a bumbo? They’re great for that age when they can’t quite sit up yet. You could get two and try sitting them facing each other with a couple of reachable toys?
Post # 7
@ImaStarr: No bumbos, mostly just because I wasn’t keen to invest £60 in two of sometthing I might only use for a month! Does it really work? Their high chairs are just boosters that I can put on the floor (so they’re sitting up with a tray much like a bumbo and play tray), but they get agitated and want out after a minute or two… which makes me wonder if they’d do the same with a bumbo.
Post # 8
@Twiglets: Those door swing things are supposed to be super bad for their backs / spines!
First of all, I don’t have any advice for you unfortunately 😉 My daughter is 6,5 months now and I think like a month ago I excitedly told my mom that I was in the bathroom for a FULL ten minutes in which she kept herself busy. So yup, been there …
It’s getting better and better though (which means that I can leave her on her toy blanket for ten min from time to time now, however not really longer than that).
If I am too exhausted to do actual stuff, I will take her on my lap and read my book out loud to her, which is supposed to be good for the baby and I get to ready my book.
The best advice I probably have is not to get stressed out about doing the housework. I feel like taking care of my kid is enough work, not to mention twins! SO and me share the housework so it’s not like I would be expected to have the cleaning done while he is at work. His work is his actual job, my work is taking care of DD and the apartment is both our job as was before the baby.
Oh she’s got some favorite tunes which I can put on and she really likes them. But yeah, recently, putting her onto her blanket with her toys is huge fun. She used to love the fisher price rain forest activity center!
Post # 9
Do you have a Sophie?
I’m a Nanny and have looked after seven babies from four months on (including twin girls) and every single one of them has adored their Sophie.
Post # 10
My sweet girl went through that stage in the later part of 5 months – I think it only lasted about 2 weeks, but they were a real challenge! We have a jolly jumper, which she is obsessed with, that works for probably an hour at a time. I don’t think that it’s an individual attention thing, I think it’s just a weird phase where you can’t possibly give them attention. Once she could sit unsupported she was back to being less needy!
Post # 11
@Mischka: Yep, we’ve got two!
Post # 12
Oh mama…I can’t imagine going through that with twins 🙁 I hope you can find something soon or at least take comfort in the fact that once they’re able to sit on their own they will probably be a little more apt to keep themselves somewhat entertained! Do you wear them at all? Maybe you would be able to get things done that way?
Do they like the swing? Or jumperoo? The jumperoo was an awesome addition at our house! We got a used one for $30