Putting my baby to sleep means jumping through hoops these days. My husband and I spent many sleepless nights with baby number one three years ago. Getting her to nap was a chore. We’d rock her for hours until she closed her eyes. The minute we’d put her down, those lids would pop open.
We also tried the ‘cry it out method,’ which didn’t work either. Now we’re at it again with baby number two.
I’ve heard stories about some parents loading their kids in the car in the middle of the night, and driving around the neighborhood to get them to go to sleep.
There have been times when I was tempted to do the same, but didn’t want my baby out so late. We ultimately came up with some pretty silly things to get our daughter to go to sleep, and those methods are working for her little brother as well. Maybe they may come in handy for you too.
1. Jog in place
It’s no secret that most babies love movement. When a rock doesn’t do the trick, holding the baby close while running in place works every time.
2. Make funny faces
I know it seems weird, but my kids seem to relax whenever we do silly expressions. It may not knock them out completely, but it gets them to stop crying.
3. Sing silly songs
This one worked like a charm with my daughter. To this day, she loves to sing. Making up fun songs is something that I enjoy doing, and each of my kiddos have their own little diddy.
4. Strap them in the stroller and take a walk around the kitchen
When I tell people this I get strange looks. However, the New York streets have been blanketed with snow and temperatures have been extremely cold. Taking a stroll around the block usually works wonders. But, we’ve had to improvise due to the conditions outside.
Most days I’ll put on the baby carrier, slide him in there, and have at it. I’m no professional dancer. But if my baby could talk, he’d say “Mama’s got the moves.” He’s normally knocked out after a couple songs.