So you just had a baby, you're feeling pumped, exited, energetic, motivated, and all these other emotions at the same time. This is especially evident when you hold the baby for the first time. As you stare down at your baby, you begin to realize that suddenly nobody is taking care of you or the baby for that matter. It is you and your significant other who from now on will be the world for this child you now call your son or daughter. This feeling is overwhelming, you initially feel like you can't breathe, and sadness overtakes you for a little bit, but that all goes away as you continue to hold the baby. You begin to gain some confidence and this confidence will continue to grow as the days go by. This is what I felt initially when our daughter was first born. During the first couple of weeks I couldn't even think about playing video games, but like all things in life, time passes. You get used to having your baby around and you begin finding ways to integrate them to your daily routine. For us we took on babywearing.
Baby wearing was such an integral part of our routine we basically used it every day. To do chores, mop, vacuum, you name it we did it while wearing the baby... well not everything. I personally used this bonding opportunity with my baby to play my PS3 or Vita and enjoy some good gaming time while holding the baby. Our baby wearing technique was via the Moby Wrap, this was probably one of the better products out there for babywearing. Additionally, it was so versatile that I could adjust it as needed to keep the baby closer or looser depending on the current situation.
I can no longer pull this off given my baby is 3 months old and she doesn't sleep through our baby wearing sessions so easily. But the times I could wear her were really special to me and it's funny how I look back at it now and remember wearing my baby daughter, kissing her on her forehead and finishing a heist in GTA V. I feel that as a parent you try to spend as much time as possible with your baby, and I'll admit it was tough not to spoil her. I'll be honest, it still is tough not to spoil her, but I cherish these fleeting moments as much as I can, because soon enough she won't want to be held and before I know it she will be all grown up.
So spend time with your babies, but don't feel you can't play just because you just became a parent, no, instead take that time and find ways you can spend time with both. It can either be by playing a game that doesn't require too much of your attention, like an adventure game, I.E. Legend of Monkey Island. Be creative, the priority is always the baby, but when mom and dad want to take a break, they shouldn't limit themselves as to how they have to spend their time. Instead we as parents need to be creative and always keep look for ways to relieve the stress.
I gamed while wearing my baby girl, what did you do to make time to play?