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#1 of 11 Old 11-15-2013, 09:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am trying to be ambitious here and get something done. We have carpet, and it's not right to let it go. My son actually does nap in a crib in his room, but I am still worried the vacuum will wake him. Sometimes it hasn't, but I still get paranoid. He is bound to wake at some point, and I blame it on the fact that I was vacuuming, when he does wake. I hate disrupting his naps.

 

But when he's awake, I feel weird just putting him in another room. And I don't want to wear him or have him nearby, because dust carries so many indoor toxins. That is the option, of the three, I really don't want to do.

 

What do you all do? It's getting to the point where hubby works so much that I hate doing it when he's here! I don't want to hire someone. I'll have to give in to one of the above, I think.

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I put my baby in a carrier when I vacuum, although that's suboptimal. I've found that the white noise of the vacuum cleaner doesn't wake my kids up, generally, if they're napping.

I vote that you try it, knowing that you might sacrifice one nap to the vacuum monster.


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I vacuum while wearing DS. It usually puts him to sleep. As long is the vacuum isn't super loud, the white noise doesn't seem to bother him. DW is concerned about the dust so we put him in another room while we vacuum and we are both at home. Our apartment is so small it probably doesn't make much difference. The dust will travel to his room anyway.


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I vacuum while DS is awake, usually playing in his swing. I was afraid the noise would bother him but it doesn't seem to. We have a one-bedroom apartment so vacuuming would never happen when he was sleeping, lol.

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Thanks! :)

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Well, I'm pretty obsessive and I never gave a moment's thought to dust.  I guess if I had, I would have reasoned that the baby was going to be crawling on the floor at some point and would be picking up dust that way, so why worry?

 

FWIW, I generally would have them in the sling on my chest while tiny and in the sling on my back once they could hold themselves up a bit.  Vacuuming during naptime wasn't an option for me as I never put my infants down for naps.


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We did it yet another way. We have a Roomba so it would vacuum a room while we were in a different one. Once DD got bigger she loved to watch it (and now at 2.5, chase it around the room) while it's vacuuming. It's more of a sweeper than a vacuumer though, I think.

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I'm quite allergic to dust and have managed by using a vacuum with a HEPA air filter, and also running a standalone HEPA air filter in the room.  I have no hesitation babywearing to vacuum like that.

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Thanks. I am pretty allergic too, so I guess that is part of the reason I hesitated to do it with the baby as well, in case he is. Cleaning with babies is such a challenge!!! And I want my place cleaner than it used to be, too! Now what about my dishes, haha! ;) Guess I have no excuse for that one.

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I love my Rainbow vacuum. The dust is pulled into a water basin and the air feels amazing during and after cleaning.


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I vacuum with baby in the carrier.  My floor gets vacuumed daily because the movement and white noise always put him to sleep, otherwise I'm not sure it would get done!  I kind of bounce and rock him while I vaccuum.  It always worked on DS1 as well.  So at least one chore gets done around here on a regular basis!


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