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Sometimes my baby seems to be bored with all the same old things we do at home.

He's got an activity mat on the floor, a swing with a mirror/toys/songs, a vibrating chair, etc. He also plays and sings songs with me.

But sometimes it seems as though he's bored with seeing these same things every day. Is this my imagination? Can babies GET bored?

What else can I do with him to stimulate his interest & learning?

He's 3 mos. old.

asked 18 Nov '09, 16:34

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My opinion is that since everything is brand new, and their brains are still building, they can't be bored. I think the bored look is the same as the awestruck look.

(18 Nov '09, 19:03) MrChrister

He sings with 3 months?

(18 Nov '09, 19:48) JJJ

How are you defining bored? Crying and fussing? Or sitting there looking around quietly?

(18 Nov '09, 23:00) ceejayoz

haha, no... i do the singing... and not very well!

(18 Nov '09, 23:04) DazedandConfused

he fusses and wants to do something different, but he doesn't know what...

(18 Nov '09, 23:05) DazedandConfused

I am recommending things that I did with my daughter. They were really great times!

Going for walks with him could be really fun and stimulating. At three months he's still light enough for you to walk around comfortably with him in a wrap or a baby carrier.

Try going to parks, lakes or even local fruit markets, they can be colourful and are probably very stimulating visually. (I am a believer that fresh air is good for babies and helps them sleep better)

Hold him against your chest and listen to music, and dance gently swinging him with you to and fro. If you are able to do this is front of a large mirror, you stand a great chance of catching some great smiles on camera.

Looking in the mirror together is a continuation of the point above but without the music. Just watching each other through the mirror is also really fun, because they actually really stare back at you and make faces!

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answered 18 Nov '09, 17:44

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My daughter loves looking in the mirror too! :)

(18 Nov '09, 17:47) Fun2Dream

@Fun2Dream :) Yes, its such a great way of making then discover and recognise their faces and environs

(18 Nov '09, 18:09) Emi

Do lots of fun things with your three month old, but try not to overstimulate him. If he turns his head from you and stops making eye contact, it's quite possible he needs a little break, even if just for a few minutes.

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answered 20 Nov '09, 02:14

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I like to read to my daughter. Also, we play peek-a-boo and patty cake. I bicycle her legs. We go on walks (I usually wear her in a wrap for this, but sometimes she's in the stroller too). I talk to her as much as I can. She has a "jumperoo" that she's recently started to enjoy, though we have to put a box or books under her so she can reach the ground. She also REALLY loves watching older babies, so we go to play groups with 1 and 2 year olds, and she giggles at them. Tummy time is also a big favorite of hers. She really likes watching her mobiles, as well.

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answered 18 Nov '09, 17:23

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Some activities that I have found fun for our baby:

  • Going for walks either in the stroller or baby carrier.
  • Reading Dr. Seuss books. He loves looking at the pictures and listening to the rhymes.
  • Playing the piano. I sit him on my lap while I play and sometimes he hits the keys too.

Also check out the website:

It has a list of activities based on your child's age (up to a year) with about 2 activities per week. They are things you can do at home with household items. For example, one week it suggests using a paper towel roll to whisper secrets in your baby's ears and watch his reaction. Another activity is to get together a number of different spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and pass each one under his nose to let him smell them.

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answered 18 Nov '09, 19:32

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My baby also loved Dr. Seuss early on. Now, at 8 months, he isn't as much into Dr. Seuss but I imagine the interest will resurface later :)

(19 Nov '09, 02:27) Kiesa ♦

Every day, I try to do at least 5 of the following:

Play: whatever toy or jumper or floor mat you choose.

Read: I make sure to read so that he can see the pictures.

Visit:I try to visit someone, or have someone visit, even if it is for a short period. Mommies' groups are great for this, and babies especially love seeing other children play.

Walk: We walk pretty close to every day. I, too, believe that children love fresh air for their mood, sleep, etc. And, if they are bored or overstimulated, they can just fall asleep.

Bathe: My son loves the bath or the pool, so that is always a big hit.

Craft: refers to me cooking, knitting, cleaning, or any such activity that he can sit somehow and watch. In my experience babies love watching mommy work :).

Build: I have a set of plain, painted woodden blocks that I build up while he is "sitting" between my knees and when I build them up, he knocks them down.

By the time you fit in feeding and naps, you'll never know where your days went! I even keep a check list of them on the fridge, for those days when my "mommy brain" makes me forget what to do.

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One word: BUBBLES

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answered 18 Nov '09, 20:18

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My son is 1.5 months old and he loves when we go walking (actually, he doesn't walk), he watches everything, he never cried when we are outside the house, and sometimes he's so relaxed he falls asleep.

I think they love fresh air, noise, and new environments.

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answered 19 Nov '09, 14:02

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+1 also a great way for parents to unwind and get out too :)

(19 Nov '09, 15:15) Emi

I actually took my 3 month old to the zoo today. He did great for the first 2 hours and then he was pretty much done with the scene. He did really well with all the different sights and smells and sounds. and the walking (he was in a stroller of course) was great too....so just a suggestion.

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Are you sure its bordom and not being uncomfortable due to gas or something? I ask because most 3 month olds (in my experience) are pretty much in awe with everything around them. Another possibility is that you may be overstimulating. Some babies do better with low key and less frequent interaction. Baby Einstein videos are a great way to stimulate them too, they have interesting music and visuals that your child might like.

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I think that Baby Einstein videos & dvds are being recalled. I have never used them so I can't comment on their usefulness, but they did seem overpriced to me when, they first came out.

(19 Nov '09, 06:37) Emi

WOW Emi - thanks for that tip! I just found the info on that refund. I have a tonne of them and really I only used them on a rare occaision at best. I could return them all and entirely pay for all my Christmas shopping!!! I had no idea....

(19 Nov '09, 13:45) dreamerisme
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@dreamerisme you can only return 4 per household, I think.

(19 Nov '09, 13:57) Fun2Dream
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