One sleepyhead’s lullaby (crashing waves from a sound machine) is another child’s nightmare.
Tune into something more musically inclined with a Woon iDoll. The plush bedtime companions are what happens when a Sleep Sheep meets an Uglydoll meets your iPod.
Just customize a soothing playlist on your MP3 player (we found a combination of ’80s lite rock and John Denver worked like Ambien), set the volume (remember, it will be muffled by the doll), slip it into the side pocket, and use the Velcro loop to attach it to the crib, car seat, or stroller.
Though the little doll isn’t flawless (it took us awhile to get our iPod in place without triggering different playlists), it certainly mirrors our parenting sensibility better than any fuzzy animal with womb noises mysteriously emanating from its belly.
In other words, it’s anything but a snore.
What: Hang with your tot (ages 3 and up) and learn about snakes, alligators, and lizards.
Why: When it comes to scaly, slithery creatures, he’s not the least bit squeamish.
When: Tues., 10-11 a.m.
Where: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. Pre-registration (recommended) to 508-877-7630 ext. 3303. Adults and children, $6.
What: A summery celebration with hayrides, music by Ben Rudnick & Friends, and a Tanglewood Marionettes performance.
Why: Fruity treats abound.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord (978-369-4494). Admission is free.
Midsummer Nights Stories
What: Tales for your little (ages 3-6) before bedtime.
Why: Crafts and songs promise to wear him out.
When: Thru July 27. Wed., 6:30 p.m.
Where: Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., Dorchester (617-436-6900). Participation is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Woon