If you have a kid that’s into fidgeting, you may not be the only one to find them a bit of a challenge.
But what do you do about it?
For starters, it’s not just a toy for kids who want to spin around and play with a bunch of balls.
Some fidget toy makers have been creating them specifically for kids and adults alike, and the options available have grown since the days when toys like the Tic Tac Toe and Buzz Lightyear had to be manually rotated and clamped together in order to get your child to play.
In fact, one of the most popular toys, the Mamba Mamba Fidget, has become a staple in kids’ homes.
But as with any fidget device, there are some caveats to be aware of when it comes to proper use.
For starters: it may not feel good to use.
The fidget will feel heavy, and if you accidentally get the toy in your hands, it will become harder to control.
If your kid is already very fidgety, you might want to consider something more like a pacifier, since it can help with aching muscles.
The Mamba mamba also doesn’t come with an accompanying timer, so if you want to take it for a spin before bed, it might be best to put your kid to bed with the pacifier in hand.
It might not be appropriate for all kids, either.
Some parents say that the Mambas are best used as a gentle way to get kids to rest their arms and legs, which is why they’re usually attached to the side of the bed.
But other parents are less enthusiastic about fidget machines.
“I don’t think it’s the fidget for everyone,” said Susan Kowalski, a psychologist at the University of Chicago.
“They don’t feel good.
You can be really careful with the placement of them.”
In addition, while fidget devices are designed to make it easier for children to get to sleep, some people worry that the toys can actually make it harder for them to fall asleep.
“If you’re putting a fidget in the middle of your kid’s bed, you’re basically putting them in a room with a full bed,” said David Dyson, a behavioral psychologist at Emory University.
“It’s a terrible idea to have a child in the room with an adult.
They’ll start playing and then the adults will have to sit up and say, ‘What are you doing?
What are you looking at?
What’s going on?'”
Some parents also say that they find the toys distracting because they can get your attention while your child’s fidget is going on, which can cause the child to forget about what’s going to happen next.
“When they’re on the couch and they’re fidgetting, they don’t realize they’re just distracting their parents,” said Kowalksi.
So what do parents do if their fidget machine has gotten in the way of their child’s sleep?
Many parents find it easier to simply leave the toy at home and let their child take the pacifiers out of the box.
But if you’ve got a young child who’s already a bit restless, it may be best if you take the Mambo Mamba with you.
“Just leave it there for them,” said Dyson.
“And you can turn the pacemaker off if you need to.”
You can also try to help your child fall asleep through physical contact, as long as the toys aren’t in a specific place on the child’s body, like on the chest or on their knees.
This can be especially important for older children who have trouble focusing on their own tasks.
In the meantime, there’s one thing that will keep you awake all night long.
“Keep your eyes open and don’t let the pacemakers interfere with the night time sleep,” said Jody Lee, a clinical psychologist at New York University.