Breastfeeding advice needed. The lactation consultant told us to feed our son every 3 hours. Other parents have said they feed their kid when they're hungry. How often have you guys fed your kids when they were newborns?
I wanted to ask what you guys do to intellectually stimulate your babies. I talk to, goof around with, sing to, hold almost constantly, we read a few books every day, play with plush animals and colorful crinkly toys, play with wooden blocks, sometimes wih puppets, tummy time, practice walking and crawling though he can't do either yet, often have music playing, etc. He's currently just about 5 months old.
I want to hit all the bases. One thing I try to avoid though, and it may not be something to worry about but I feel better about it, is avoiding letting him watch screens in general, like stare at televisions which I assume would be very interesting to look at. Somewhat similarly, I avoid toys that have bright flashing lights. I've caught him staring into such lights on a couple toys before, and joke that he's staring into its dead lights and he mustn't do that. So we don't play with those long. Someone gave him this talking dog toy which has a large blue LED that is incredibly bright on the collar, which flashes as it talks. I usually dampen the light with a thin towel or a tissue, it's just so unbelievably bright and flashes right in your face. Is this how toy manufacturers trick parents into thinking kids love their toys? By adding dead lights?
Well anyway, it's probably fine, but I avoid bringing those toys into his life or play with them only briefly before moving onto something else..
And yet I also worry, what if colorful lights are actually really positive for brain growth? What if such toys that I'm cutting out are actually brain boosters? I'm not sure there's evidence for it, other than babies like to stare at such things.. Most toys on the market are cheap plastic junk with flashing lights.. Is there a reason for that? Is it actually good for baby brain development? I doubt it.. And yet I'm a little paranoid. I want to make sure we're mentally stimulating our son and that our leanings toward wooden, cloth toys, our hippie like leanings don't push us out of unnatural, but brain boosting activities.
Probably all silly, but I'm a paranoid new parent, what can I say? So I'm asking you all, what do you guys do to stimulate your baby's brain?