I can't even use it during the day because they get obnoxiously upset. Crying, screaming, etc because they want to play with it. Am I the only one having this issue? How do I deal with it? I really need to use it..
My kids and the birth ball...
Not the birthing ball - mine is deflated and in a closet - but DD waited exactly 2 days before demanding to be able to use the super-soft blanky for the baby. Sigh. She's 7 and can use logic and stuff to argue so I totally lost that one. She's going to leave it somewhere and the cat will adopt it and then it's all downhill from there. Sorry, baby, you just lost your blanky.
My daughter loves that thing and everytime I get it out, she declares it's hers.
Probably because it was in her room for a good long while this past year.
Anyhoo- she took a spill on it a couple days ago and now she is okay with me using it and putting it away when I'm done.
I'm not suggesting that your kids take a spill on it, but that's the only thing that stopped babygirl from acting like a maniac when it comes out!!
I don't have a solution for you, but I sure can identify with you! My 3 year old is an absolute maniac about the ball. We mostly kept it upstairs in our bedroom, but as soon as he finds it, he launches it at one of us as hard as he can. Knocks into dressers, furniture, picture frames on the wall. I've finally tossed it into the basement and don't let him down there for now.
I think the only time I could actually use it is once he's asleep. So frustrating.
Well, it probably doesn't help that we used it as a toy for him before I became pregnant! He loved to lay on it and be bounced when he was younger, so convincing him that it is now off limits or something he needs to take turns with, hah!
I guess I should be using it more though, as I now have a transverse baby and am trying not to freak out.....
I don't even attempt to use it when DD is around. Anytime I try to sit on the floor or lay down she thinks it's an opportunity to climb on me like I'm a human jungle gym. Add an exercise ball into the mix and, well, it's a lost cause.
Her favorite game so far is to nestle the ball into a bean bag chair, then to jump like crazy while holding my hands. We've found that the whole setup is pretty stable if we put the bean bag chair/ball setup into the corner of the sectional sofa, then throw a few pillows on the floor "just in case." Luckily DD is a jumper, but not much of a thrower, so the ball doesn't see a lot of air time.
She actually has a Rody horse that's a rubbery inflated thing MADE for sitting on and bouncing yourself silly - but she prefers the ball. Meh.