Without a doubt, one of the most stressful parts about being a parent of a newborn is the dreaded necessity of sleep. A lack of sleep for both baby and parents causes high-stress levels and ultimately impairs the health of everyone involved. The world is an exciting place, and many kids fight to stay awake rather than get the sleep they desperately need. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when all else fails, truly creative methods of getting kids to sleep emerge. Here are the 17 of the silliest and weirdest ways parents trick their kids to sleep (they really work!). Plus, share your tricks in the comments for a chance to win our new Peaceful Panda!
- “We told our daughters that there were furniture-stealing fairies and if they looked in the window and saw that they weren’t in their beds, they’d come in and steal the beds. It worked for a few months.” — Maggie Kirkvold
- “I’d hold him while driving around the yard on a riding mower.” –Robert, Texas
- “My [baby] will only go to sleep with out messing about if our dog goes to bed with her! They will stay cuddled up most of the night.” — Anne Marie Cunniffe
- “[I] warm large towels in the dryer and then tuck them in their beds. They fall asleep quick when toasty!” — Jill Mooney
- “With my younger son, I ‘race’ him to sleep. We have a race to see who can go to sleep first. Usually, he wins!” — Hali Marin
- “I get nose to nose with her and cover her forehead with my hair.” –Nikita, Ohio
- “The only way I can get my son to calm down and go back to sleep after feeding and changing him is to let him lay on his belly on top of me or my boyfriend! That’s the only way!” via The Stir
- “Taking him outside, in the winter. Whenever he was really fussy and we couldn’t figure out why, my husband would just take him outside in the cold air and he’d calm right down and go back to sleep! He was born in January and has always been a ‘hot sleeper.'” via The Stir
- A twist on the Monsters In The Closet: “My oldest was two when Monsters Inc. came out, and he loved it but was scared of Randall. He was really bad about going to bed and would fight, and fight, and fight to stay awake. One night, I was stretching and my toenail scraped along the wall and he freaked out huddling down saying that Randall was after him. I looked at him and he was laying so still with his eyes closed tight and the horrible Mommy that I am told him, ‘If you stay really still and go to sleep Randall can’t find you.’ Five minutes later, he was out. I used that trick for two years without fail and now that he’s 13, he still laughs and tells his friends how his mom got him to sleep at night.” via The Stir
- “We got a box fan, and he used that for years. When I wanted him to wake up, I’d turn the fan off and his head would pop right up.” via The Stir
- “One of my daughters had her nights and days switched around. I told my mom and she said turn her (somersault style) head-over-heels three times. I was so desperate, I tried it. Sure enough, it worked. She was sleeping eight hours at night (most nights) by 6 weeks old.” via The Stir
- “I make painful noises, as if I’m so tired, it hurts. They always take to that, because that is how tired they feel! So they feel heard, and they know I am aware of their pain. Just rock them to those noises and they all fall asleep!” via The Stir
- “When my son was starting to out grow his nap around age , the only way I could get him to sleep was to have him lay on a blanket and drag him around the house.” via The Stir
- When reading children’s books fails — “Isabel engaged in the children’s books we read to her, and they kept her from sleeping,” says Jason from Parents.com. So he started reading some history books to her. “Max Hastings’ Armageddon was very effective. … If I read it out loud, slowly and methodically, she would go to sleep.”
- “Sophia would go to sleep only if she played with my hair, so I would sit on the floor with my head against the bars [of her crib]. Luckily, I had longish hair; otherwise it would have been awkward.” Miriam Mathers via Parents.com
- 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, Virginia via Cloud b
- 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 via Cloud b
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