Saturday, December 15, 2007

Shhhhhhhhhh!!


One of the major stressors of my day, I hate to admit, is keeping Seth and Lucy--my 4 1/2 and 2 1/2-year-olds quiet during Hazel's nap (double stressor: she takes two of them). She's a light sleeper. Please, if you have any ideas, besides my current solution, which is to quarantine them in separate rooms with only threats as company, do share!
It seems I need another day like yesterday. Or maybe Craig's vacation starts tomorrow so it is high time I'm at the end of my rope, anyway.

13 comments:

Claudette said...
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Claudette said...

I love keeping up with this family through the blogs. One thing that helped with naps when my boys were young was to have a radio playing softly in their room not with just music, but an acceptable station with voices, etc. That way when someone talked it didn't always disturb them.

Kelly and Kelly said...

Have you tried a fan in her room? That is what my sister does with her kids. I haven't had this problem (yet).

Tasha said...

What about abox fan in her room? That is what got Stella on schedule at Amy's house in Sept. She didn't wake, it was awesome!

michelle said...

I second Tasha's fan suggestion. We have one in Eva's room and it helped quite a bit (back when she was napping, sniff!). She's a very light sleeper as well. The fan, combined with the threats, would usually do the trick. I would tell the boys that if they woke her up, they would have to take care of her! Good luck.

Shannon said...

what about a reward system? If they are quiet during her nap and don't wake her a sticker on a chart. A certain # of stickers earns a certain something chosen by them. Almost always works with my boys.

aubrey said...

i second and third and fourth everyone's suggestions of a fan. we pretty much use any kind of white noise that is loud enough to drown out the rest of the house sounds. not too loud but not too quiet, either. we have a lot of parties after the kids go to bed and they never even have a clue anything happened because they can't hear anything. it's awesome.

John and Jolene said...

We swear by the Homedic noise machines. Small enough to take on vacation with you, loud enough to cover all the outside noise. We have one in each of the kids room and even in our room for the days John sleeps through. I got the first one at Target, the second one at Linens and Things, and have found the others online. Hope this helps!!

rebecca said...

We have used a noise machine since Sabine was a baby - it has a few choices, but it stays at plain old "white noise" much of the time. Like Jolene, we take it everywhere!

Hope you are enjoying vacation today!

Melissa said...

Totally a hard thing!!! I have said "keep it down, Elijah's asleep" so many time it makes my head hurt. My mantra for parenting is "this too shall pass" It helps me get through the tough times and savor the great things about each stage. I too have found that separation is the key. I will take turns, one day you have quiet time alone, the next you get to choose a show, play on the computer or play a game with mom. To echo the others, THE FAN WORKS!!!!

Anonymous said...

we keep a fan or bathroom vent going during our daughter's nap. she too is a light sleeper.
another idea would be to set her nap times as movie time or computer time or outside time for the other 2.
i do, however, like the reward and sticker system.

erin said...

I'm still keeping up with your blog (and still haven't started my own!.. maybe in the new year!)
Same problems at our house... I made a "quiet time jar" with little pieces of paper in it folded over for "blind" choosing... each paper has a "quiet time choice" on it (and I let the non-napping kid help me make up the choices when we made them... each had to pass my approval, of course). Some examples are paper dolls, game with mom, color, read books, watch family home movies. That's what I did in the morning and then in the afternoon, she got to watch a movie. We also have a snack jar with snacks to choose (stuff we always have on hand)... Whatever she chooses (blindly) is what she gets. I think this helps them feel empowered.. like they're choosing what to do/eat-- but it's all good/quiet stuff.
For noise in the sleeping baby's room, we use a humidifier in the winter and a fan in the summer.

Sorry for the epistle!
-erin (your dad's cousin's daughter) =)

Katy said...

Ryan complains that I've been "shushing" him ever since we were married. I told him it was his fault. Anyway, WHITE NOISE WHITE NOISE WHITE NOISE--as seems to be the consensus. Lucy is too small, I think, to care about a reward system. Maybe for Sethie, maybe.