This is a guest post of clever and odd baby sleep tricks from Cloud b mom of twins, Ava Neyer.
When the twins were three months old, my mother-in-law came to visit and discovered a great trick to getting them to sleep: reggae music. The slow, steady beats of “Three Little Birds” and “Buffalo Soldier” had my boys passed out in no time. Not long after that, I learned that holding a boy with one hand while vacuuming with the other was a surefire way to put even the crankiest baby to bed. Whether it’s from accident or desperation, parents can become quite creative when coaxing their children to sleep. I asked people in a few of my online and local parenting groups to share their most unusual baby sleep tricks. Here’s what they said:
- I’d hold him while driving around the yard on a riding mower. –Robert, Texas
- I’d drive the twins around until they fell asleep, then park the car in our garage with a fan blowing loud. –Mary, North Carolina
- I get nose to nose with her and cover her forehead with my hair. –Nikita, Ohio
- When she wakes up in the middle of the night, I roll her on her side and hold her in place. She’ll go right back to sleep unless she’s actually hungry. –Stephanie, Virgina
- I put my baby in a carrier and jog on the treadmill. –Terry, North Carolina
- I lightly run my fingers down over his forehead, eyebrows, eyelashes, and nose. –Jenni, Arizona
- I hold him in my arms and bounce on a yoga ball. –Kathy, California
- I gently blow on his face, forcing him to blink. Each time he closes his eyes, they remain closed longer and longer until he passes out. –Angela, Ohio
- My daughter loves having her hair brushed. –Clare, North Carolina
- I hold him while doing some simple ballet footwork and turns. –Jamie, Oklahoma
- My twins love a device that plays lullabies and projects shapes onto the ceiling. –Jami, North Carolina
What are your baby sleep tricks? Let us know in the comments!