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9 Ways To Survive The Witching Hour With A Toddler (or Two)

By Naomi Odes |

ten to six clockAnyone who has been a parent for a month knows that the hardest time of day is somewhere from late afternoon until your baby goes to sleep. When your baby is really small, we generally call it a ‘fussy’ time, but as the kids get older, it becomes the witching hour. I don’t know why it’s called ‘hour’ because it actually lasts at least three.

When I had a two-year-old and a newborn there were some nights when I seriously wanted to lock myself in a closet, it sucked so badly. Fortunately, I got a lot of great advice from experienced parents on surviving this tumultuous time. I’ve compiled a list of tools to help those of us who feel like they are at the end of their rope at the end of the day. Trust me, I’ve been there more times than I can count. If you have some additional tips, please leave them in the comments for the rest of us!!

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9 Tips To Handle The Worst Time Of Day With Your Toddler: The Witching Hour

Park it!

Have you ever been to a park at 4pm? Everyone and their mother (and father) is there. All these people have the right idea.Wear those kids out! Stay till it's practically dark if you have to!

Photo Credits:
Television: Flickr/daily invention
Pizza: Flickr/Navin75
Pasta: Flickr/Pink Sherbert
Swingset: Flickr: cathyse97
Gavel: Flickr/David Michael Morris
Buddha: Flickr/Vincent Van der pas
Schedule: Flickr/quinnums
Lemurs: Flickr/Naturesdawn
Peas: Flickr/Thehillsarealive

Clock: Flickr/RLHyde


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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “9 Ways To Survive The Witching Hour With A Toddler (or Two)

  1. A says:

    It’s even worse here in TX, where the 4-6pm horrible time is also the absolute hottest time of day. I love the playdate idea!

  2. maggie says:

    Today is my first day home alone with two kids. I’m terrified of every part of the day! Thanks for the tips!!

  3. Danielle says:

    We do a lot of pasta in my house too.

  4. Danielle says:

    Oh, and, my comment on mantras…I think I need more of that in my life because, since I’ve had my second child, and also work full-time, I feel like I have forgotten how to breath…my chest is tight and clenched due to stress, I think, much of the time.

  5. Agnieszka says:

    I’ve just survived 2 weeks without my husband (who normally works at home so is there all the time) and with a 2,5 yo and a 9 m.o. There were 2 or 3 times when I wanted just to go away and lock the door from the outside.
    A thing helped me (saw it once under “advices for new moms @ babble): everything passes and the moment of fail does’t describe you as a mother. It’s a constant change. Fortunately!

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