Out of the mouths of babe-tending new dads...
Matt Gross, aka the NY Times' Frugal Traveler, just emailed with a great question which, remarkably, I have never heard before:
As a brand-new stay-at-home dad, I'm a little mystified about what to DO all day with the baby. I mean, apart from feeding, changing, playing and putting her down for all-too-short naps, there's a lot of time when she's awake. Our playtime options are limited (she's only 3 months old, after all), and I have no idea what to do. Am I missing something? Do you (or your readers) have ideas for how to play with a baby who doesn't yet realize she has two hands?For me, when the kid was 3 mos, I was doing whatever I wanted to do--work, meetings, galleries, errands, the gym [which has a sitter]--and taking the kid along. When she was awake, I'd usually talk to her, doing a play-by-play narration of whatever was going on or going by. But I'd also let her chill by herself a lot, too. At that stage, it seemed like just being and observing was plenty for her to process.
I guess I could crack open a parenting or child development book and get "the right" answer, but I'd be interested--and I'm sure Matt'd be, too--to hear what you actually do with a new kid when he's awake. When you're not drilling him with educational DVD's, of course.