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Posted by: Vanessa | 2004/11/17

Q.

Stimulation of baby

I have two 4 week old twins.

I have a Nanny that helps me 3 times a week but all she does is feed them as soon as they start waking and then puts them to sleep again.

I want to tell her in a nice way that she is turning my boys into zombies as they are getting no stimulation.

What can you suggest I tell her to do with the boys? How long should they be awake for (excluding feeding time)?
What games can we play with them.

I suggested we go sit in the garden this afternoon and just let them be outside and awake for some time???

Also for the next 3 months what should I be doing??

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Children do not really require a lot of stimulation in the first 6-8 weeks. They just have to grow and mature. The most important initial stimulation is to communicate with them in an appropriate and playful way. There are many books on the topic of baby care and stimulation.

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Posted by: Norma | 2004/11/19

Hi,

You could go to Babycentre dot com.
They tell you what your baby is suppose to do at what age...

Reply to Norma
Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/17

Be guided by your baby. At 4 weeks, they are generally still just eating and sleeping.

What I did was put a red balloon, a white balloon and a black baloon with sugar inside suspended above the changing mat. My baby loved to stare at it while I changed him.

I got a paper plate and drew a face on it with black koki and put red wool hair on it and put it on the wall behind my feeding chair so that baby could look at it when held on my chest over my shoulder.

I also lay my baby on his activity gym for short periods.

You will notice that your babies are awake for longer and longer periods between feeds.
From about three months they will be interested in bright colours as well as the red, black and white.

Tiny love make a "first book", its red, black and white on one side, and coloured on the other side. It fits into the cot/cary cot/snuggle nest and baby can look at it when he/she wakes up.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: Mommy | 2004/11/17

From what I recall from my baby when she was 4 weeks old, was that feeding and sleeping was exactly all she wanted to do at that stage. I would suggest a little bit of taking them outside when it is nice weather and let them play with rattles and lie on play mat with mobiles to watch, but you will see that the older they get, the more awake times they will get and then you can start play time. My experience is that babies learn the most while playing. Loving attention means so much more than a lot of stimulation - from my point of view.

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