Works For Me Wednesday

by Susan

works for me wednesday

Do you find the sound on many children’s toys to be
too loud?

I do.

Often the musical tune or beeping noise hurts even my ears and I’ve stood directly in front of loud speakers at many a rock concert.

I just don’t understand why the toy manufacturers seem to want to damage our children’s hearing even before they’re old enough to do it themselves.

But, until they figure out that our kids do not need to learn their ABC’s at AC/DC volumes, what works for me is tape – Scotch tape or Duct tape.

I simply put a few layers of scotch or duct tape over the speaker of the toy. Often the tape over the speaker trick works beautifully – especially if the speaker is tucked away out of sight.

You do have to be careful if the tape is somewhere a baby could get it… that’s not a good idea… you definitely don’t want baby peeling off the tape and putting it in her mouth. So use the tape trick only when baby can’t get to the tape, or if you’re supervising her playing with the toy.

This little trick has saved a few of our toys from meeting the garbage man.

Have you ever used this tape trick before?

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Michelle May 30, 2006 at 10:02 pm

Yes, used this trick, and found out about it when we had a baby bouncy seat that made noises with movement, but it was so loud it just scared the baby and made it cry. So, like yours, this tape trick saved it from the garbage man.

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2 Lori May 31, 2006 at 8:04 am

Love this idea! I have a son almost a year old and the ABC’s and other Leap-whatever toys are constantly yelling out their electronic words. Scotch tape, here I come!!!

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3 Becky May 31, 2006 at 8:07 am

This is a good idea and would work for most people but I have these two little boys see that like to scratch off every piece of tape, pull every tag, even library tags, that they see! :)

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4 Faith May 31, 2006 at 8:20 am

Good idea!

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5 Tess May 31, 2006 at 8:41 am

how innovative. I never thought of baby toys damaging their hearing, but I can see how that would. I had vowed to buy my friend who is having her 4th a toy with lots of noise (as a joke) but I think I’ll change my mind now.

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6 Carol May 31, 2006 at 8:56 am

Brilliant! How come I didn’t know about this when my kids were little/before they were so deaf they had to crank up their jam boxes to trible-digit decible levels.

I wonder if pieces of laminating sheets would work? They’d be pretty hard to peel off and are virtually invisible when rubbed on thoroughly.

Reckon this would work on jam boxes?

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7 Sue May 31, 2006 at 9:30 am

I wish I would have thought of this when the grandkids were a bit younger. Now I’m worrying about how the IPods are going to affect their hearing :-)
My WFMW is up …

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8 Sandra May 31, 2006 at 10:10 am

That is a great idea, I wish I had known about it when my kids were younger, they don’t have any noisy toys anymore. LOL

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9 Jessica May 31, 2006 at 11:14 am

VERY good idea!

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10 Code Yellow Mom May 31, 2006 at 11:50 am

Duct tape is the solution to so many “problems” – this is the first time I’ve heard of it for this! Great idea…some of our toys have met the garbage man..or at least the thrift store man, so that they can go deafen other children, far away from me. :)

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