How often do you hold your baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How often do you hold your baby?
    All the time, literally : (21 votes)
    40 %
    Only when fussy : (1 votes)
    2 %
    About half the time when awake : (26 votes)
    50 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @cherrycoke:  DD is 6 months now and I do put her in her bouncy thingy or the high chair, but at 5 weeks I wore her pretty much all the time. (Though, I voted about ‘half the time’ since that is what I currently do).

    I found that by using a wrap or a sling to wear her I could get things done around the house or at the very least make myself a sandwich!  

    Post # 4
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I second using a wrap like a Moby or a woven wrap for a new baby. This is what I plan to do when our baby arrives in May. I’ve heard from several moms that this can be a life saver. Just be careful that if you chose to use a baby carrier, that you use a good one, since a lot of the ones you find at babies r us are really bad for spinal development. 
    Hopefully this helps you 🙂 

    Post # 5
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    When my kids were younger it was about half and half.  Babies need to get used to not being held all the time and get their tummy time etc.  Trust me I always wanted to cuddle with them but I also didn’t want them to think they ALWAYS had to be held.

    Post # 7
    992 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @cherrycoke:  I’m in the same boat as you with my 4 week old. I put him in his Snuggabunny or swing for 50% of his naps, but I hold him the other 50% because it’s my favorite thing to do. I love watching how peaceful and content he is when he’s napping on me.

    I have him on his playmat for about 1 hour/day either on his back or doing Tummy Time. The rest of the time, I’m playing with him or holding him when he’s awake. I don’t get a lot done around the house, but I feel like I’m making the most out of the time we have together when he’s an infant.

    In a few months, I”ll be going back to work and I’ll only be able to hold him a few hours/day, and I can’t imagine myself thinking “I wish I would have held him less when I was home with him”.

    Post # 8
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    @cherrycoke:  You won’t regret not spending every second of everyday with them.  Trust me, I don’t look back and think “Oh I didn’t cuddle with you enough!”  I look back and go “Gosh I wish I hadn’t missed your first steps, first words, etc”.  But I was a single mom working full time and going to school full time, so I missed a lot of their toddler years.  My kids are now 11 and 8.

    Post # 9
    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I can only say that most of my friends just baby wear when they’re doing other things with a Moby wrap. My husband works from home and plans to share the baby wearing. (We’re still a couple weeks away from putting it into practice.) Skin to skin/baby wearing is tummy time. My midwife and doctor have strongly warned about leaving the baby too long in cribs/swings/bouncers due to the flat head thing. (Edit to add that I know they work great for lots of folk.)

    Hope you find whatever balance works best for you!


    Post # 10
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    honestly I was worried by holding her all the time she would become to attached and needy, happened anyway! lol I tried to put her down most of the time to encourage independent play. It worked at the time, now at 13 months her view of independence is playing at my ankles.

    Post # 11
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Hmmm DD is 3 months old.. I’d say 75% of the time?  She will lay in her bouncy chair long enough for me to blowdry my hair, straighten it, and put on half my makeup. She’ll lay in her swing sometimes. Ususally I’m cuddling with her, or carrying her, or have her in her carrier strapped to me. She definately loves to be held, which I don’t mind. Now that she’s getting stronger I’ll put her in her bumbo but she gets frustrated often. I imagine once she gets a little older and has more things to go into it’ll be like 50% of the time.

    Post # 12
    7 posts
    • Wedding: December 2013

    When my little one was a baby my nickname for her was Barnacle because she just HAD to be held. All. The. Time. It didn’t necessarily have to be me, though that’s usually who it ended up being. She’d even wake up when put down sometimes. She got over it after a few months but I seriously wondered at times if I was spoiling her for life. 

    Post # 13
    1463 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    When my daughter was a newborn I held her all the time, with the help of my hands-free baby wrap. 

    Post # 14
    2690 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    About half the time when he’s awake and even sometimes when he’s asleep.  He’s 2 months old and he’s more awake now and even tries to play some so he’s getting more time in his bouncy seata nd swing.  He loves to nap in his seat but will play witht he toys too.  And this give sme some free time.  

    I lovre to hold him but this is my 4th baby so I kow about the independence thing and getting him used to not being too attached to mommy.  right now for instance, he’s napping in his seat after I just fed him and I am on here and making dinner at the same time.

    Post # 15
    7929 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Do you baby wear?

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