Since it's not safe to use the stove with baby in the sling I have devised a new method. Step 1- Haul the big comfy stroller in from the garage and park it in the kitchen. Step 2- Place baby who is never even a little bit sleepy this time of day in stroller. Step 3- Babble to baby nonstop from across the room and whenever I have a spare minute I take him for a "walk" around the house. 1 loop, stir the pot, 1 loop, stir the pot... Step 4. Once he is no longer entertained by the short walks I just turn off the burners and roll him back and forth for a few minutes until he is settled down! Any other coping techniques for this age?