228 thoughts on “The Weirdest Ways Parents Trick Their Kids to Sleep

  1. Amy

    In the car I will ask my 3 year old to be quiet so his 1 year old sister can go to sleep. Before long they are both asleep which makes for one happy mama.

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  2. Patricia Gallo

    He needs warm milk in his sippy cup, twilight buddies hipo on and the cloud b lamb on with the ocean sound on and after finishing his milk goes directly to his crib and he knows it’s bedtime, sometimes he goes to sleep right away sometimes he doesn’t.

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  3. Sarah Backner

    We use the sleep sheep every night! My almost two year old daughter turns it on herself and picks the music. Sometimes I hear it going at 2 am but it lulls her back to sleep on her own:)

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  4. shawna patton

    A projection night light ans the giraffee from your store is what helped my two year old finally sleep through the night! With our second baby on the way we decided not to wait an be sure to get one of your sound machine animal asap!

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  5. Laura Fransen

    We use the sleep sheep and twighlight turtle in our bed time routine. I love that we can take them with us when we are away from home, brings a something familiar and stable when the kids are in an unfamiliar place. Sometime the sleep sheep works for us adults too.

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  6. April Davis

    I tell her something fun that we will be doing tomorrow and that she needs lots of rest if she wants to keep up!

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  7. ShaRee

    I rock my little one with his blanket over his lab and read him a story. He typically goes right to bed! Especially if he’s had a bath right before!

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  8. Wendy Jabkowski

    We give our kids “sleepy water” which is a lot like regular water…(yawn)…except it…(yawn)…makes you very sleepy after you drink it.

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  9. Christina Johnson

    For my oldest son who is 6 now. I did the fake sleep method. LoL! It worked for awhile until I was the first one asleep all the time. But hey it worked he ended up falling asleep too. LoL! For my 8 month old it’s a tough one. So far method is my husband making a weird smacking chewing noise in his ear. And he literally floats on to la la land. For me I have to par his do all the extra miles to put him to sleep. I’ve tried doing what my husband does and he just gives me the stink eye LOL! But hey it works for us and he sleeps really good.

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  10. Cindy Kong

    My daughter would have to put her hand on my nipple to sleep. It was weird but it would put her right to sleep.

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  11. Monique L.S.

    I follow a routine so my baby understands it is sleep time. Something that really helps her is the sleepsack. When I put her in it, she knows it is time to sleep.

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  12. Jenny Scarborough

    Right now with my youngest he nurses to sleep. Since he is #4 I know how quickly time will go so I’m sucking up all the snuggle time. Even if I’m exhausted 😉

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  13. Heather

    I sing I’ve been working on the railroad on repeat while rubbing his head. The starry night turtle you make has worked wonders for us too!

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  14. Lyka W

    Baby wearing or a nice 2 mile walk outside would put him to sleep. I say 2 miles because he’d usually fall asleep RIGHT as we were getting home

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  15. Emily Ducatte

    My son had a plushie on the floor that would light up the ceiling that he liked to look at when he was younger.

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  16. Raimie

    We would shut the door to my daughters room if she got out of bed, once she caught on mommy and daddy were serious we haven’t had any issues with bedtime. Oh except when twilight turtles batteries go out! If she isn’t asleep before the turtle goes out she’ll call for us to push the button again, even when it’s right above her head

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  17. Brenda J

    When my oldest was little she wouldn’t stay in her bed at bedtime. She had a little play tent that she loved. I put her mattress on the floor and put her tent over it. She never got out of bed again

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  18. Denise Luscan

    Our 5 month old daughter likes to be rocked in the glider while we pat her back or bum. The rhythm puts her right out.

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  19. Christie Conrad

    Boob used to work. Now that he’s three I’m still looking for a trick. His three month old sisters nice warm bottle of breastmilk works wonders.

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  20. Andrea Merrill

    My sleep trick is to blow little breaths at his eyes, like a tiny breeze, and he closes them and goes to sleep

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  21. Barbara Brooks

    Set a routine, try same time bath wash up , jammies, read and rockabye. Quieting play before bedtime last half hour.

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  22. Kristina Zientek

    Always got my kids to sleep with a white noise machine! They are trained from birth to go to sleep that way 🙂

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  23. Taylor Clark

    That peaceful panda is the CUTEST! Before we moved to Texas, I contemplated a Panda themed nursery for Babe. I had an entire Pinterest board to it, and I still love the idea of a room built around Pandas and monochrome.

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  24. Taylor Clark

    We convince our tot to go to sleep by putting on The Iron Giant, it’s his lullaby, and tickling his back. Our Baby is only 11 weeks, so she just falls asleep all the time, haha. Our two older kids are harder, but we tell them to rest until they’re tired enough to sleep!

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  25. Sarah Campbell

    I’m not sure you can even call this a trick, but to get our son to sleep we feed him his bedtime bottle then give him his paci, rock/snuggle him, then wait 15-20 minutes after he falls asleep to put him in his crib. A Peaceful Panda may help get him to sleep without such a crazy routine!

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  26. Samantha Guenther

    I tell mine if they are still awake in three hours they can come sleep with me. Works all the time.

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  27. Michaela Hatch

    Put them in their sleep sack and rock them until drowsy, then lay them down for bed. Their sweet sleep faces looking up at me from the crib is so precious to me.

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  28. mckenzie glazebrook

    When my daughter was a newborn I had a whole routine I went through- I read her two stories, danced with her for two songs, turned on her light and played her noise maker! I still read her stories, 2 years later, but we have done away with the dancing! 🙂 <3

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  29. Lechelle

    I quickly figured out that each of my babies struggled with being separated from me when I laid them down to sleep. So I took a small stuffed animal, slept with it a night so it got my smell on it, and then while nursing my baby I kept the animal snuggled between us. When transferring my babe to the crib, I kept the animal snuggled up to them. This gave them a piece of me that they could grasp onto while they slept. It was the best thing I did for their sleep, it helped all three of my boys. As they get older they outgrow it, but it’s still desired when they are away from me for an overnight to grandma’s house, and it was a tremendous comfort to my six year old when he got his tonsils out. Tip: buy multiples of the same stuffed animal, one will always need to be washed and there’s the risk of losing them. Also, make sure the size and shape is something easy for them to grasp but big enough to hug.

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  30. Lizeth smith

    My son has a routine since he was born. He takes a bath and them a massage then he I read a book. He turns the lights off and we pray. He sleeps with his cloud sheep.

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  31. Sarah Choi

    My daughter would instantly calm and fall asleep if I played Aqualung’s “Strange and Beautiful”. Even if I sang it myself or hummed it, she would fall asleep. We noticed this when she was 2 days old and wouldn’t stop crying in the car. I thought the song sounded soothing so we put in the CD. She loved it!

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  32. Renee Smith

    I usually nurse baby to sleep. That puts them out every time. I also put a picture of myself up on the crib so if baby wakes up she thinks I’m there and will fall back to sleep.

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  33. Kelly Luczak

    We’ve used the Cloud b lam for three years and now we also play Julie Andrews music to get our son to sleep.

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