Teagan plays a game that we call "Night Night Baby". It goes like this:
Step 1: Get something ... anything ... usually a doll but appliances seem to work as well
Step 2: Get something like a blanket .. or a tissue .. or toilet paper ... or a shirt
Step 3: DEMAND that Mama & Daddy place the something from Step 2 over the other something from Step 1 just right
Step 4-10: SCREAM because Mama & Daddy are not doing it right
Step 11: Smack the combined somethings while shouting NIGHT NIGHT DEEDEE!!!
Step 12: Rip the something from Step 2 off the something from Step 1
Step 13: SCREAM
Step 14: Go to Step 1
She gets it from daycare. She's role-playing their nap time routine (she added the smacking). I'll go to pick her up and there will be 3-4 toddlers sitting there playing night night baby (I have nightmares that are a little similar). I CANNOT STAND anymore night night baby. Its driving me bat**** crazy. Today, I literally screamed "I'm going to KILL night night baby". Not my best parenting moment but can you really blame me?
She used to play night night baby all by herself and it was SOOO cute. Now its like the demon spawn of playtime and I want it do die. How do I end it? I can't disappear it like I would with an annoying toy because she can play night night baby with anything. If I locked her naked in a padded room she would lie herself on the floor and pat herself while screaming "NIGHT NIGHT DEEDEE".
How can I make it STOP??!?!
Oh dear. Addy plays it too, but without the demon parts, just the cute putting blanket-like things on other things and patting them gently while singing Night Night Baby. I have no idea how to kill that particular beast, but if anything brilliant comes to mind.......
Like I said, Teagan used to be all sweet and cute about it. Just pray that the demon spawn doesn't visit your house. You never know when the Night Night Baby demon will get 'ya.
Maybe something will change because she's in a new room at school?
This is my nightmare.
Last edited by TiggersMommy; 09-04-2012 at 12:05 AM.
As long as it's not a part of the new room's routine, I bet it will peter out on it's own eventually. In the meantime, all I can think of is to try to find something more fun to replace it with, though I imagine you've tried that already. Have you tried asking her to show YOU how to do night night baby? Like when she brings you the 'blanket' to put on the other whatever, don't take the blanket and ask her to show you how to do it?
When I picture it without the screaming parts it sounds super duper cute!
She'll get bored eventually. From experience these things usually fizzle themselves out after a while
And I agree with Anna, from this end of the computer it's cute
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Yup from here it's cute. Ronin will sometimes pick up Button and say night night and [pat him on the back then throw him across the room. No ideas on how to kill night night baby though, my son has no maternal instinct whatsoever, I am sure when it comes to playing house he and the other boy in his group will go role play drinking at the pub or working while the girls kick them out of the house.
LOL! I agree, from this end it's funny! ;P
I like Anna's idea about asking her to put them on. Also what about limiting the # of blanket type items that are around?
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I love how she's using diapers as blankets.
I don't know how to kill night night baby, but it is a very normal thing for the toddler group. I remember hearing daycare teachers express similar frustrations over the kids' early roll playing which consists of just one small activity over and over and over. Can you imagine being there in the middle of the day with a whole classroom of kids wanting to do the same thing over and over and over such as night night baby?! Made me grateful to be in the school age classroom where they move on! lol. I remember my coworker once volunteering to sub in a toddler room and her coming back announcing that she's not going back to that classroom till these kids have moved on. They were doing a unit on cows because that was their favorite from a recent field trip. All the kids acted like cows constantly and some were insisting on eat on the floor so they could eat like a cow (which wasn't happening). Kids who could talk well were refusing to talk so they could moo. I'll take sassy mouth middle schoolers any day.
One day she will tire of this game. And replace it with something even more annoying.
Can you maybe add to the game? Like where they need a story or something with it? Or maybe you play wake wake baby at the end? Something that will get her to consider other possibilities so maybe the annoying part will shorter or die.