My baby just turned 4 months old. You know what’s great about this age? He isn’t a newborn. But you know what’s challenging? He isn’t a newborn.
In the last few weeks he has transformed from a sleepy little thing who would doze all day to a real baby who wants to nap in his bed for a couple hours and then be awake and play for a few hours. And lately while he’s awake, I’ve noticed he has started making this new, whiney noise. When we first started hearing it my 3 year-old said, “Oh mama! I think the baby is hungry!” And my 5 year-old chimed in, “No, no, he’s tired.” And I had to explain to both of the big kids, “Nope! I know what’s wrong. The baby is actually bored.”
I forgot about this stage of baby development. He is old enough that he is now awake and alert for longer stretches of time, but he isn’t mobile or verbal so he can’t really entertain himself. He can get his fingers in his mouth and that’s about it. I remember when my first baby hit this stage and I sat there looking at her, stumped. I mean, what do you do with a baby this age anyway??
Now, 5 years later, I’ve got plenty of little baby activities up my sleeve. My baby gets up from a nap, I change his diaper, he eats and then he is READY for action. I now have a little circuit of things to do with him to keep that bored/whiney noise at bay.