06 December 2006

Laundry basket "choo choo" keeps baby close during chores

Have I mentioned that Parent Hackers love laundry baskets? Here's how Kris uses hers:

My son, who is 8 months, has been going through a phase for the last few weeks where he can't bear to be out of my sight. He even screamed himself hoarse once when he got so mad that I dared to leave him in his exersaucer and finish a few chores. So in order to accommodate us both, I started putting him in the laundry basket and pushing him from room to room with me while making "choo-choo" noises. I load the basket up with laundry and other items to put away and pick up toys and clutter along the way. He's safe in the plastic laundry basket, which has rounded edges and is high enough to prevent him from climbing out of it easily while my attention is elsewhere for a few seconds and the entire time he thinks we're playing choo-choo instead of doing chores.

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I did this with my 2 year old when she was a baby (without the choo-choo noises, but I will have to do that with my son!). The extra benefit is now she loves to "help" me fold laundry!

When my daughter was a baby, I would do this too. I also put her in the basket to carry her up and down the stairs to the laundry room which is in our basement. She thought the rides were great fun and I managed to carry baby and clean laundry upstairs at the same time.

Asha, we have mind-meld today. My question this morning was about separation anxiety, and this hack is great!

I also have problems with my 8-month old and I have found carrying him with the laundry up and down the stairs to be the easiest way. I had no idea other people were doing it too. :)

What are exersaucers used for if not to entertain your child while you get a few things done? The exersaucers are much safer than the walkers that I had when my children were little. I think it's fine to allow a child to sit in an exersaucer or other type of apparatus to play in as long as you are able to see him/her. Just place it in a location where you can see the child. Even if you placed it where you see him/her as you pass by would be fine as long as you know he/she is safe. This would allow the child to learn that mommy does come back, thus lessening separation anxiety. Obviously, you never leave the child unattended completely and you don't want to leave them in it for a very long time.

This is a rookie moms tip from the wayback machine: http://www.rookiemoms.com/laundry-train/

I found it very handy to keep him in the basket when I was packing a suitcase nearby too.

Genius! Just thinking of what we could do to help "engage" our 8-month old in some fun, not-being-carried time!

Yes! A clean laundry basket also works well in the bathtub -- I felt my son was too small in the bathtub but too big for a "baby tub" as soon as he could sit up 5 months or so -- so I plopped the laundry basket in the tub and gave him a bath in the basket, in the tub. He loves it. The water flows in and out and he seems safer. Also is fun to play "washing machine" and swish him around while he holds on to the edges of the laundry basket!

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