Tinkleberry is almost 3 months old. He seems pretty content to hand out in his swing, bouncy chair, or on the floor with toys for periods of time (15 -30min). However, I feel guilty if I don’t play/sing/interact with him for that long. However, this means I can never get the house picked up or anything at all done until my husband comes home from work and is able to give the baby undivided attention.
I’d like to be able to say, wash the breakfast dishes. But when I leave my kid on the floor/in his swing/bouncy seat by himself for more than 5 min, I feel like a shmuck. I also worry that I’m creating one of those blank-eyed Romanian orphanage kids.
So, Doper parents of infants, how long do you leave your kid to play by himself at this age? Assume he is in the same room, isn’t complaining, and would be immediately picked up if he cried or showed discontent. What is reasonable here? I’d prefer not to save all the tidying up until the evening, when I am exhausted and no longer care.