Restless Baby Syndrome
JJ is almost eight months and we seem to be entering into what I like to call RBS-Restless Baby Syndrome. Since he’s approaching toddlerhood, he’s taking fewer naps. And that’s not a problem. The problem is finding stuff for him to do during those hours that he’s now spending awake.
It’s hard work keeping him entertained. I thought for sure that he would be like Moo was. She was fine as long as she was in her bouncer seat and watching Yo Gabba Gabba. And once she learned how to make her walker go, she could care less if anybody paid her any attention.
This is not the case for my little prince though. He is a total attention hog. I can’t leave his sight for more two seconds unless he’s fully occupied with something else. But the moment that fascination wears off and he sees that I’ve escaped the room, he lets it rip.
We’ve been trying to get him interested in toys. It works for a little bit and then he’s like ok, what else ya got ma? He’s not a fan of tummy time at all. He simply rolls over and gives me the you have ten seconds to pick me up look. He’s already mastered the walker.
I mean he can navigate that thing better some people navigate their cars. I thought it would have taken a while to get the hang of it. But by six months, he was already showing off his skills. My family couldn’t believe how well he got around in that thing. We’re convinced he’s going to be walking by his first birthday.
And you would think that the walker would keep him occupied, but not so. It just allows him to get into stuff like the Mr’s PS3, snatching lamps off tables, knocking over cups, etc. It also serves as a way for him to tag along behind me 24/7. He was content with that at first but the novelty of being able to keep tabs on me is wearing off since I’m not actually holding him.
I’m running out of things and ways to keep this little guy entertained. I don’t want him getting sucked into tv watching. However, we’re both going nuts from his restlessness and easy boredom. I never imagined that I would be the mother of a high maintenance child.
So, how do you keep your baby entertained?