Your son will eventually outgrow this preference. In the meantime, check for any causes of discomfort when he cries after you put him down. If he's not hungry or wet, and not ready for a nap, you can engage his attention through playful interactions, such as shaking a rattle for him to watch, bat at, or grasp. There are many toys designed for babies his age that will interest him and stimulate his senses—toys for him to look at, listen to, and touch. There are also products designed specifically to soothe and entertain babies, such as bouncers and swings with rhythmic movements. Some rock back-and-forth or from side-to-side. Some even vibrate, and they often have toys attached to encourage play. The combination of movement and calming music helps comfort babies and stops them from crying. Nothing, however, mimics the random movements of walkingâ€¦guess it's up to you to provide that!
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.