Our daughter is 6 months old. I feel a steady stream of others around me mentioning how important independent play is for a baby. While i do have her laying down with toys around her to roll to, or do whatever she wants with, i'd say it's not much more than 15 minutes a day. other than that time, i spend our waking hours slinging her in house or for walks outdoors, or am engaged with her, on the floor with her either singing, reading/sitting up/mirror play/peekaboo stuff/rolling balls, handing her blocks/toys, and talking etc. (by the way, when i play with her, i am sure to let her figure things out, choose things to do with her eyes and reaches, get a little frustrated, etc - all to say, i'm not smothering her!)
I have always thought the more engaged i am with her, the more likely i am to be in tune to her cues, to have a better understanding of where she is at developmentally, as well as when she seems 'off' - all the while, assuming that i was doing our attachment to one another wonders. Perhaps those with more parenting experience can let me know whether i should be allowing her to play on her own more, for her healthy development?