I've taken my Dd to my family-owned dept. store since she was 3 mos. or less. she's 10 mos. now. I had bouncy seats, swings, a sling, there's jumpy things for doorways, exersaucers, playpens. No matter what you do w/ your lo, as long as you're consistent and routine, he'll come to expect it. You can try it out, and if it's not working, bring someone in for a few hours while you're home so you're still together, but you have help. I get lots of work done during naps, and during independent playtime, which is very important to foster.