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    DS is 7 months and we are not having fun right now. I used to be able to put him on his play mat and he would play for a bit and I could drink a coffee surf the net, maybe tidy something. But recently he won't play by himself, I always spend time on the floor with him a couple hours a day playing and reading stories but sometimes I just don't want to sit on the floor with him all the time, I have other kids that need me to do things with them. As soon as I put him down he starts whining and crying, he will even be playing with toys whining and crying, everyone is getting frustrated with it. He will play in his jumper for maybe 5 min before wanting out and I can put him in his exersaucer while I shower but by the time I am done he is fussing and crying.

    Anyone else have this problem? I really want my old baby back that slept for a couple hours at night and I could put down to play with stuff and that would last for at least 20 min. I love playing with him but I can't play with him all the time, I mean a 7 month old can only do so much and it gets so BORING.

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    I would assume he is going thru a separation anxiety phase. Give him the attention he needs, use a carrier (moby, sling, ect) so that he can get the comfort he needs but you can get the stuff done you need. Involve him in what you are doing, if you are drawing with other kids at the table sit him in his highchair next to you and give him some toys. If you are cooking bring the chair next to you and give him some snacks ect. Once he realizes that you are not going away, and that you will comfort him whenever he needs he will start being independent again. Both my kids did this and it's HARD! But it's short lived in the grand scheme of parenting and will get better. Before you know it he will not want to be with you every second.
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    I was going to suggest using the high chair more as well. I especially liked using it in the kitchen, and just handing over a selection of tupperware and spoons to play with, or some flour, or beans in a tightly closed tub etc.

    It will be easier when the snow goes, and you can get outside more.
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    You could also try to wear him for a bit each day. I wore my third child a lot, I could make snacks, fold laundry etc, in a wrap...very comfortable when they are still so small.
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    Grace is just getting over that. I had to put her in her highchair and push it around while I cooked. sigh. It gets better lol
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    I think I am finding it more difficult because we can't get out and play. ( I HATE WINTER ) I do try to use the high chair but it is more difficult because he can't eat anything, I know with the other kids it was much easier to throw some cheerios on the tray and they would be busy forever.

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    Thats true. Food keeps her real quiet. Has he seen a specialist? poor booger
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    We are seeing a lot of specialists, the only thing I have been able to come up with for his is freezing BM in an ice cube tray and putting the frozen cube in one of the net feeders. But I lost a lot of my supply when I was sick and hardly get anything when I pump now.

    But I have discovered he LOVES mickey mouse so if I am hoping for a little bit of hot coffee I turn on Mickey we have saved a bunch on our PVR.
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    Try baby einstein too
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