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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Paula, mama to DS M (7/2010) and Watson (1998) and welcoming baby Penny (8/1/2013)
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.
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!
N, wife to my goofball K and mamma to my EC grad D (July 2010) and my new little love S (May 2013). Exploring the uncharted territory of tandem nursing with my two boys.