When my son was a toddler, he had a train toy that used to chug at all hours of the day and night. There was no off switch and the damn thing was possessed, so we had to bury it in the basement in order to sleep at night. When it woke me up in the middle of the night (in my bed on the second floor), I’d had enough. I knew my kid liked it, but it was either the train or his mother; one of us had to go.
If you’ve ever had a toddler, you have a similar story. The toy you couldn’t turn off — or at least turn down. Why are they so loud? No, seriously, I want to know. So we can train our children to tune out our voices as early as possible?
We could get rid of all that singing, chanting plastic nonsense (but we won’t). Or we could simply outsmart it. With tape. Like @mommingonpurpose shows us on Instagram:
Tape. Over. The. Speaker.
If you already do this, you should have suggested it to the rest of us. If this never occurred to you as an option, you have some taping to do tonight.
You could also use stickers. Cute and effective.