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Oneluckymom 12:41 PM 11-08-2011
I wanted to know what you all do with the baby (if its not asleep of course) when you are preparing lunch or snack for the older children. How do you manage performing other tasks with the baby?
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Nellie 01:10 PM 11-08-2011
I think most of the providers on here would say that I maybe coddle to much. If a baby will be good on the floor while I do things I try to do that, but I've had some pretty needy babies. I guess I always thought that they weren't suppose to cry and many others say that if there needs are met they need to self sooth. So for the most part I hold. While I read a book the baby sits on my lap, I wear the baby in a front backpack while doing other things, and I'll use a jumperoo or swing while cooking. I have found some that will do quite well in a bouncy seat, but not on the floor so while I cook I will have the baby in there. When the kids are doing crafts or an activity that I may need to help out with I hold the baby and have the seat right there so I can put the baby down and help. Sometimes these things work out; sometimes they don't. If the baby has all of its needs met and I have to help out a child in the bathroom the baby will just have to cry on the floor.
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CheekyChick 01:21 PM 11-08-2011
We have eight babies here nearly every day and the little ones (under 5 months) get held most of the day. It's hard, but once they hit 5 months, they start being a bit more independent.
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queenbee 01:34 PM 11-08-2011
It's all about rotation for me.

My babies spend 20 minute intervels in each area - bouncer/rocker, floor play, bumbo, tummy time, exersaucer, activity mat and swing.....and back around again. They're busy, busy babies.

I prepare lunch when my infants are sitting in exersaucers/rockers/swings. They are in a safe position and area, and I have 20 minutes to prepare and set up lunch while my babies are playing and having the time of their lives. I make lunch to the sounds of them happily slapping and spinning the toys on the saucers or bouncer or cooing at the mobile dangling above the swing.

I can't hold my babies much during the day. My assistant and I are constantly on the move changing diapers, assisting in the bathroom, greeting kids who are arriving/departing, doing Arts & Crafts, cleaning toys, redirecting, doing Arts & Crafts, doing Storytime, Circle Time and Preschool Time.

We love on our babies when we are doing feedings and give them good doses of hugs and snuggles so they can play the rest of the day knowing we love them
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mommiesherie 02:07 PM 11-08-2011
Bounce seat, swing or walker or something. I use to kill myself holding babies constantly making sure they were never upset and not crying for any reason. I did that with my own children as well as children I was caring for. I did it for many years. I thought that was the only was and allowing a baby to cry was terrible even abuse. I have lived and learned since then. Taken many child development classes and became friends with a couple pediatricians. Creating children who are super needy and no idea how to self sooth at all is not a great idea. Now, holding and loving babies is very important. Constantly holding is doing them no favor. They need to develop muscle use by tummy time and such. Plus they need to be able to explore and play some. So this long anwer to your question is .... I use the swing or bumbo or tummy time if other kids are not around them. I also use my livingroom carpet as a boundary on occasion for 2 and up kids. Get a play bucket and take it to the carpet. That helps keep them in one place when I need to get something accompllished like lunch
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awestbrook713 02:08 PM 11-08-2011
My son is the only baby I have for the moment but soon I will have two. For my son he plays on the floor, or I sit him in his jumper when the kids play with smaller toys or building with blocks, when I am preparing meals I either let him play on the floor or sit him in his highchair and put him next to me.
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youretooloud 02:11 PM 11-08-2011
I wear them if they don't want to play on the floor or walker.

If I'm using the stove, I only wear them on my back though.
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Christian Mother 08:25 PM 11-08-2011
Right now I just have one baby and she is on schedule for a nap at around 9:30am til 10:30am and then when she gets up we change her diaper and she has free plan on her tummy for 15 min and then I make a bottle. I will put her in her jumper while I fix the kids lunch. I normally have it completely ready to go the night before so that all I have to do is nook it or put in oven. Then I feed baby. By the time baby is done lunch is ready for the other kids. She goes into swing or back in to her jumper to watch everyone. She likes to have everyone around her to watch. She is such a good easy baby!! I need to get a swing to carry her in on my stomach as I would love that for when my new baby comes to me in Jan. I love carrying my babies around!!
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Jenniferdawn 10:11 PM 11-08-2011
We have it kind of difficult here in California. We aren't allowed to use any type of bouncer, exersaucer, walker, jump-a-roo, etc. Makes it difficult to care for babies. My Moby wrap and my bjorn are my two best friends. I couldn't do it without being able to wear the baby while getting snack ready etc.
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Lilbutterflie 08:47 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by queenbee:
It's all about rotation for me.

My babies spend 20 minute intervels in each area - bouncer/rocker, floor play, bumbo, tummy time, exersaucer, activity mat and swing.....and back around again. They're busy, busy babies.


I can't hold my babies much during the day. My assistant and I are constantly on the move changing diapers, assisting in the bathroom, greeting kids who are arriving/departing, doing Arts & Crafts, cleaning toys, redirecting, doing Arts & Crafts, doing Storytime, Circle Time and Preschool Time.

We love on our babies when we are doing feedings and give them good doses of hugs and snuggles so they can play the rest of the day knowing we love them
This is my set up exactly. I am a firm believer in "baby stations". Even before I was a home daycare provider; people who visited my home when I had my own baby would comment on how many stations I had. The key is rotation, and usually they never fuss as they never get bored.

I believe that if you are constantly holding a baby as old as 3-5 months, you are creating a very needy child. And at this age, they need their tummy time, back time, time to explore, and develop those muscles they need to start using to grab things, roll over, sit up, etc... They don't get that muscle development if they are being held all day!!
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mismatchedsocks 08:56 AM 11-09-2011
Same as above, rotate with equipment. If you cannot use equipment can you put in play pen near kitchen. That way the baby is safe.

During the day, when I am not tending to food, potty, or things like that the babies are on the floor in the baby room, near me in circle time, etc.
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mac60 09:04 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by Jenniferdawn:
We have it kind of difficult here in California. We aren't allowed to use any type of bouncer, exersaucer, walker, jump-a-roo, etc. Makes it difficult to care for babies. My Moby wrap and my bjorn are my two best friends. I couldn't do it without being able to wear the baby while getting snack ready etc.
Wow, seems quite rediculous to me. Just what are providers supposed to do with an infant. It is not realistic to carry them all the time, and putting on the floor is not safe if other children in care, just seems like an assinine rule.
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youretooloud 09:25 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by mac60:
Wow, seems quite rediculous to me. Just what are providers supposed to do with an infant. It is not realistic to carry them all the time, and putting on the floor is not safe if other children in care, just seems like an assinine rule.
I agree. I probably wouldn't want infants with those rules.
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mommiesherie 09:30 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by mac60:
Wow, seems quite rediculous to me. Just what are providers supposed to do with an infant. It is not realistic to carry them all the time, and putting on the floor is not safe if other children in care, just seems like an assinine rule.
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I agree its not a rule that someone who has day care experience would make up. Most of the people making up these regulations are not in touch with what its currently like to work in child care. In our state they are allowed to be in a walker, bouncy, or swing for 15 minutes at a time. Even if they fall asleep in swing they must be moved. The state does frown on using these type things but does not prohibit them. In a home day care where you have mixed age groups not using them would be hard and even unsafe at times. A baby in the floor with toddlers and preschoolers running around would not be safe at all. I have worked in day care centers where the baby room had onlu infants. I can see how you would do it there. The floor was those play mats and they could be placed in floor safely. I thing the whole idea of them not allowing the use of swings and such in those states is not to promote carrying them around all day. Its more than likely to promote tummy time and back time and such. Just my opinion so take it for what its worth. Probably 2 cents. Haha
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nannyde 09:30 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by mac60:
Wow, seems quite rediculous to me. Just what are providers supposed to do with an infant. It is not realistic to carry them all the time, and putting on the floor is not safe if other children in care, just seems like an assinine rule.
I know I couldn't manage that. They did it because babies were dying or getting severely injured in the equipment.

Fortunately my state doesn't get THAT far into our businesses. We do rotational grazing here too....... bouncy seat, play yard, stroller, high chair, boppy, bumbo, etc... depending on their age.
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BigMama 09:31 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by Jenniferdawn:
We have it kind of difficult here in California. We aren't allowed to use any type of bouncer, exersaucer, walker, jump-a-roo, etc. Makes it difficult to care for babies. My Moby wrap and my bjorn are my two best friends. I couldn't do it without being able to wear the baby while getting snack ready etc.
Wait. What?! Seriously? You aren't allowed to use these ever? Now I love "wearing" the babies and am a firm believer in good old-fashioned tummy time on the floor, but there are times when babies need to be set down in a safe place for a few minutes. This rule actually seems like it could cause more harm than good...
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Oneluckymom 11:59 AM 11-09-2011
Yes, those are the rules here in california. Which is why I wanted to see what others are doing, but sounds like some of you are a little more free to use other equipment.

I have been placing her on the floor which is great for development (don't really have any other options...lol ). But now I have this little 19mo old and was concerned about something happening. But I have just worked it out to placing the 19mo old in the high chair while I prepare snack or lunch.
I do have a pack n play, but they say we cant use that unless its for sleeping? But I personally feel safety is key and when you have a baby with other littles on the move, babies should be safe and out of harms way!
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renodeb 05:20 PM 11-09-2011
I have two babies 4 mos and 10 mos. I always try and make sure that there needs are met. Feedings, diapers etc. Then when lunch rolls around I usually have the little one on the floor and the 10 m/o is usually in the high chair. If the 4 m/o is sleepign then the 10 m/o is playing on the floor. My babies are pretty easy going and I just work with the older kids imbetween the babies needs. They dont get held 24/7 but they are loved on daily. I dont hold them a whole lot so I make the most out of the feedings and stuff. It just seems to all get done. I have the typical devices to. Exersaucer, swing, floor gym, bouncy seat. Lots of floor time! It helps to have good babies to.
Debbie
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renodeb 07:52 PM 11-09-2011
I dont mean to sound like Im critisizing but I couldnt imagine wearing a baby in one of those slings, how could you get anything done and it would kill my back!
Debbie
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youretooloud 07:57 PM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by renodeb:
I dont mean to sound like Im critisizing but I couldnt imagine wearing a baby in one of those slings, how could you get anything done and it would kill my back!
Debbie

It's actually super easy, and so much easier than any other way I've ever tried. I've paid a lot for my carriers, and it's the one item in my daycare I couldn't do without.
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nannyde 05:23 AM 11-10-2011
Originally Posted by Jenniferdawn:
We have it kind of difficult here in California. We aren't allowed to use any type of bouncer, exersaucer, walker, jump-a-roo, etc. Makes it difficult to care for babies. My Moby wrap and my bjorn are my two best friends. I couldn't do it without being able to wear the baby while getting snack ready etc.
I don't think we are allowed to allow infants to sleep in carriers even if they are attached to us. Our rules are once the baby has fallen asleep they must immediately be put to bed on their backs on a firm mattress with nothing in the bed.

I know you are talking about awake time... but I'm just saying that would be the ONLY time we would be able to carry them around. Once they doze off they would have to be put to bed.

I wouldn't do carrying. I am 51 and the wear and tear on me for carrying on my left side is definitely showing. I would not encourage carrying any extra weight if you are going to do this long term. You have to think about your body twenty years from now.

Even if the weight is balanced out and it is a good workout... I would still be hesitant about doing year after year with other peoples kids. You may not pay right away but you will most likely pay dearly when you get past forty.
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littlemommy 06:08 AM 11-10-2011
Originally Posted by youretooloud:
I wear them if they don't want to play on the floor or walker.

If I'm using the stove, I only wear them on my back though.
What kind of sling/wrap do you use? I want to get one before my 2nd is born.
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youretooloud 09:45 AM 11-10-2011
Originally Posted by littlemommy:
What kind of sling/wrap do you use? I want to get one before my 2nd is born.
For a newborn, a ring sling is my favorite. But, I also like a gauze wrap. I've heard the Moby (you can find those at target or Babies R us) is a great wrap.

For over four months, I definately prefer the Mei tai. (mine is a babyhawk, but there are millions to choose from... just get padded shoulders)

I also have a Boba, and it's wonderful for the even bigger ones kids, but not good for a newborn.

http://thebabywearer.com/ This site has a forum. There's even a Do it yourself board if you are good with a sewing machine. I buy all my carriers off of the for sale or trade boards....but, I think they ask WAY too much for used carriers. You'd think they had collectable art. I don't get excited about the popular carriers.. I just want comfortable.
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Cat Herder 10:01 AM 11-10-2011
Here each infant has their own safe play area away from toddlers.

No equipment other than many age appropriate toys, safe flooring and their own crib for sleeping. I used to love johnny jump-ups, wind up swings and excersaucers (especially after feedings)...no longer allowed.

I have full view of them from my kitchen counter. The only time I am out of view is for potty visits. During that time I seperate everyone and I rush .
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Solandia 10:23 AM 11-10-2011
The bouncy seat & baby papasan was essential to my reflux babies...I cant imagine holding a baby in a reclined position(happily) for the 20-30min that they needed to have after each feeding -or- even during the feeding in one case...he couldnt have any pressure on his tummy or he would hurl.

During meal prep and meals if they could last that long, I would have the baby in a reclining high chair w/ toys to play with...they were part of our meal regardless if they were eating.

During diaper changes, they were on the play mat/play gym at my feet. The older kids and toddlers are trained not to touch baby at all, and touching the sacred playmat was a huge no-no. Pretty much the rest of the time, bitty babies are held or sleeping. Every once in a while, I would have a 'hands off' baby who does NOT like being held, and the bouncy seat & jumperoo was nice to have. Honestly, though, the baby equipment takes up too much space and I like to keep it simple...play mat/play gym combo, and me. I never used a swing, b/c of the space issue.
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Oneluckymom 12:32 PM 11-10-2011
I like the mei tie but WOW $89-90 bucks!! Its on my wish list.
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Oneluckymom 12:34 PM 11-10-2011
oooops...mai tai
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Oneluckymom 12:35 PM 11-10-2011
ohhhh....what ever, you all know what I like now!! GEEZ!!
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KAWISTA9 10:14 PM 11-12-2011
I have a separate room for infants. My big kids are in the living room and the dining room. I also have a pack and play in my room just in case one of the babies is crying and I need to keep them separate. I only have two babies. I rotate them in the swing and bouncer and other items but if I have to prepare lunch or snacks, I make sure that everything is done for baby first and when I know that they just want me to hold them ONLY, it place them in a pack n play and complete my task. I let them cry and I check on them...we have gotten to the point that they do not cry more than a couple of minutes but I let my parents know that I have other children and cooking to do. During those times, I do it. I include the babies in on our group activities by holding them and placing them on floor close to me. But when they get upset and none of the stations are stopping the crying, I check diapers and make sure they have been fed. I then take them to the room and i finish my work
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