Roomba: Vacuuming + entertainment
Since when is vacuuming fun? Since Roomba, apparently! So says Amberlynn:
My husband scored me a Roomba for my birthday! Besides being great competition for Baby Hoover who eats anything he can find on the floor, it is also seriously entertaining. I make a point to run it when the kids are awake. They will spend the whole time chasing it, running from it, and inventing games (who's side of the couch will it go into/come out from).
Additionally, we've discovered a few noteworthy hacks. First, baby in the doorway in his Johnny Jump-up makes a great barrier to keep Roomba in the room. Second, when our Roomba runs out of batteries, we have at least 10 more minutes of pre-schooler entertainment. Our son discovered that "Roomby" will run a few more minutes if he turns the power off and back on again. ("First it runned out of batteries, then it runned into batteries!") We let the kid have full control until Roomby is completely dead. Today was especially fun, as the preschooler played Roomba-keep-away from the crawler.
If you can score an affordable Roomba, I suggest you do it... if only for the children. :)
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