Running Down the Clock of Arsenic Hour
January 11, 2011 7:10 AM Subscribe
Dealing with the baby's regularly scheduled freakout.
Every day between 4:20 (heh) and 4:50, our five month old flips out. This has been ongoing for months. I bring him home from daycare around 4 and usually have a good twenty minutes of happy baby before some magical switch gets flipped and it's Mad Time.
We've (and the doctor) ruled out colic and other such ailments and figure this is the dreaded Arsenic Hour that causes our folks to gloat and whisper about sweet revenge when we ask them about it. "It will get better," they say, sincerity and schadenfreude dripping from their voices in equal measure.
While I have my own set program for trying to deal with this based on what works and has not worked in the past, I'm interested in hearing how other modern families have coped in order to see if I'm missing something. I'm particularly interested in Dads' approaches, as our schedule is such that the earliest Mom can make it home is about a half hour into the screaming session.