DS rarely naps by himself (in the bed, I mean) so we usually hold him/wear him or nap with him during the day. This makes it very difficult to get anything done so I find myself forced to use all the dreaded props that take him away from me.
DH works fulltime but is on shift work which is nice because he is home a lot during the days too. That definitely helps. But I'm having a hard-time balancing baby, home, myself without using things like the exersaucer/jolly jumper/baby rocking chair ect. And now that he's more active (he does not like to be still!) but not yet sitting by himself or crawling - it's difficult. Not to mention the reading I've been doing about these things being bad for their development???
When I shower - I usually put DS in the exersaucer in the bathroom with me and when blow drying my hair/makeup usually in the jolly jumper in the bathroom doorway. It takes me forever to get ready on the days when I'm alone because I don't like doing these things back to back because I hate propping him in something by himself. I shower with the door open most of the time and talk to him and sit on the floor in front of the jumper to communicate/play with him.
I find myself feeling guilty but also find that I don't have anytime to myself sometimes to get these things done - let alone cook dinner/laundry ect.
How do you balance days by yourself with LO's? How do I stop feeling guilty and that sometimes it's ok to leave him play by himself?