Where to Put 4 Month Old Baby

Updated on October 27, 2009
N.F. asks from San Mateo, CA
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My 4 month olds seem to have outgrown their baby swings but are not old enough to sit up on their own. Any suggestions on where I can put them when not holding them?

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Thanks so much for all of the responses...so many good ideas! Their needs and wants seem to change from day to day, so keeping up is a constant challenge. It's so nice to hear from moms who've been there before.

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J.G.

answers from Modesto on

My daughter loved to lay under her play gym at that age where she could bat at or kick the things dangling from the gym. She also liked laying on a blanket on the floor and kicking. I also had a bouncy chair I used occasionally, but she liked her gym and the floor much better.

E.M.

answers from San Francisco on

I never had a swing or bouncy seat in my house. I just put thick blankets on the floor. He learned to hold his head up and sit up very early because he had lots of practice. Good luck!

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Y.M.

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Lay a blanket on the floor and lay them there. There are those lay and play things you can get too.

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J.A.

answers from Sacramento on

I second the bumbo seats. I too have twins...now 5. Mine were in the swing until 7 or 8 months....a lifesaver for me. They also loved the bouncy chair and the jumperoo...although they probably aren't strong enough for that yet. The floor mats are a good idea as well. I also use to lay mine on the floor in the boppy.

Congrats and enjoy..the time goes fast!!

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S.B.

answers from Redding on

Dear N.,
I have twin nephews who loved their exersaucers and floor time.
Being on the floor is how they learn to roll around, lift themselves up, drag themselves and crawl...and ultimately learn how to sit up on their own.

C.C.

answers from Fresno on

My daughters loved the exersaucer at that age. It does give a good amount of support if your baby can sit up with a little help from you. They also loved the bouncy seat! We had one of those Fisher Price aquarium ones and it was a big hit with both girls.

A.P.

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You should try the bumbo. It helps them to sit up. Good luck

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H.A.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi there,

I haven't had time to read the other replies, but wanted to suggest something we used. Unfortunately, we borrowed it from someone and I don't remember the name! But it was great. Kind of like a fabric covered inner tube (fabric on the bottom, too) that we plopped our little one into. She had fun in there on the floor with little toys before she could sit up. Sorry I can't remember the name, but it was from a high-end toy store. It had bright colored farm scene and a few little toys sewn on the sides for her to play with.

Hope you find something you like!

H.

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C.A.

answers from San Francisco on

I third the Bumbo seat. It was not on my list of things to register for but my cousin loaned me one and I really don't know how I would have done it without it. It was recalled a year or two ago, but that was because parents were setting their kids on the kitchen table in then and then walking away. The kids were falling off the table, etc. We used ours on the floor.
Best of luck and congratulations!
C.

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J.K.

answers from San Francisco on

How about a playpen....yes they are still around.
They are larger then a pack and play and both girls would fit in one. I prefer the wooden playpen over the net type.
It gives a safe and secure place to put your babies when you need your hands free.

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C.L.

answers from Fresno on

bumbo, bouncer or an exersaucer. We started her in that about 4 months and she started using her jumperoo at 5 months.

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J.G.

answers from Modesto on

My daughter loved to lay under her play gym at that age where she could bat at or kick the things dangling from the gym. She also liked laying on a blanket on the floor and kicking. I also had a bouncy chair I used occasionally, but she liked her gym and the floor much better.

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T.M.

answers from San Francisco on

N.,

For both of my daughters, when faced with this dilema, I used a 'bouncy chair'. The bouncy chairs allow for the baby to be rocked gently and the ones I purchased came with a battery that vibrated the entire chair. My girls loved their bouncy chairs- and so did I. They were so comforting to the gilrs, they often fell asleep in them and this allowed my to take naps with them. I highly recommend the bouncy chair.
Congrats on the new darlings in your life and welcome to motherhood!!
- T.

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K.C.

answers from San Francisco on

The options are endless...
*Tummy time on a blanket
*vibrating bouncy seat http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-K2564-Rainforest-Bounc...

*walker or exersaucer (activity chair) http://www.babyage.com/products/6161812_evenflo_evenflo_e...#

*Activity mat and have them reach for toys hanging over them
*door bungie bouncer (that you an hang on a door frame)
*Bumbo baby seat (some have play trays)http://www.bumbobabyseat.com/
*Playpen
*Have them practice sitting up in the center of a nursing pillow or you can have them on their tummy too

Be creative. This is a fun age. :O)

E.M.

answers from San Francisco on

I never had a swing or bouncy seat in my house. I just put thick blankets on the floor. He learned to hold his head up and sit up very early because he had lots of practice. Good luck!

T.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Wow, I'm really surpised at these requests. Now's the time to put them on the floor! They need a chance to use their muscles, to stretch, squirm and turn. If you don't have carpet throw down a thick soft quilt. Scatter a few toys around for them to reach for. Try to give them an interesting view (my kids liked being near our sliding glass door because of the movement in the trees outside, birds, etc.)
I had an excersaucer after the swing stage but only got about a month's use of it. Honestly they outgrow all the "gear" so fast I don't even think it's worth it in the end.
It's such a great stage, and so much fun to watch them develop into upright little people, enjoy it! Soon enough they will be mobile and then the real challenges begin :)

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E.C.

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some places my twins sat at that age:

- in the center of the twin nursing pillow
- exersaucers
- on the floor with pillows or rolled up fleece blankets as a 'back rest'
- bouncy seats

and the pack n play was also handy to have when you need to set them down for a moment to go to the bathroom, etc.

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N.K.

answers from San Francisco on

I agrere about the excersaucer, our little guy loved it. I would also suggest rolling a towel to put behind the or in front of their belly down in the seat. My son tended to fall a bit forward and then he could not look at the toys or reach out to touch them. Once he was bit bigger it was easier.

We also would put our son on the floor with the bobby behind him to help his sit up a bit.

J.L.

answers from Sacramento on

how about a bumpo..I think thatis what it's called ..I had one and my little girl loved it!

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M.G.

answers from Chicago on

I would try a Bumbo seat. Or, you might try the floor under a baby gym, so they can bat at the toys. We used our baby swings until almost 1 year old. Are you sure they have outgrown them? Another idea is an exersaucer. These worked for my 5-month-old, so that's just a month away.

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K.M.

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If they can hold their head up, they may do well in the little molded rubber seats with a tray. The seats hold them upright and you can put toys or food on the trays. That's what I did with my son (second child) when I needed my hands free at that age.

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