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I babysit on occasion and it's always a huge issue to keep DD (who is 2) relatively quiet (no yelling, talking ok) while the other kid is sleeping.<br><br>
I'm due in January so this isn't looking good for me.<br><br>
So, is there some cool way to explain to the toddler that whispering is cooler than yelling? Or that even talking normally is cooler than yelling? I hate to shush her all the time.... and it's not doing me any good. She's not verbal enough for me to really explain it yet..
 

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how frustrating..I recently babysat for my partner's niece and nephew and the 5 year old couldn't even understand that my baby was sleeping and needed less noise around him, so I'm not sure how you'd manage it with a 2 year old...unless you do signing with her? maybe signing baby and sleep if so?
 

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Good Luck - mine is never quiet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Especially when I tell her sister is sleeping!
 

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I'm interested in other's ideas. My DH works nights and needs the sleep during the day. I try my best to keep DD quiet so he can get at least 7 hours of sleep but that usually doesn't happen. We have a little game that whenever we walk by daddy's door we tip toe. But, that doesn't mean that 5 seconds after we go past his door, she will shriek with delight about something. It's hard.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Good Luck - mine is never quiet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Especially when I tell her sister is sleeping!</div>
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I'm starting to wonder whether it's a lost cause.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We do sign and she does understand I suppose, but since there's no impulse control when the urge to yell comes...
 

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My DS doesn't really yell but he's still very loud. I'm due any day now so I'm hoping that the baby will get used to sleeping through a lot of noise.
 

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DS (will be 3 in Dec) is very loud....spontaneous shreiking, yelling, always wants to use his loudest toys when the infant I babysit is sleeping, etc. I've been keeping a newborn for about 2 months now.<br><br>
One thing we've done is tell him that his noisy toys and noisy play has to be done in his room, which is thankfully as far from the sleeping baby as possible. It's helped a lot.<br><br>
Also, I get him to understand that we can have great Mommy and DS time while the baby's sleeping, as kind of a reward for being quiet.<br><br>
If all else fails we go outside and play near the house and he can make all the noise he wants out there.<br><br>
Kids adjust, and I found that the baby has learned to sleep through a lot and I know that he has a very quiet home, so coming here is like coming to a three ring circus and he usually does very well in this noisy house. I think it's important to teach little ones to sleep through some noise.
 

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I'll be keeping an eye out for ideas. My DS (3.5) yells on purpose if he knows she's sleeping. Well that's mostly in the car if he can't reach her. If she's in the bed he'll run in there to beat me to her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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