A brilliant mum might just have the answer to every parent’s baby bedtime woes. Out of all the baby sleeping tips we’ve heard – from rubbing a baby’s back or rocking them a certain way – this clever mum hack might be the simplest and the smartest one!
UK mum Laura Gerson first shared her secret on Facebook, but mums and dads all over the world are finding out about it, as news continues to spread about the unusual bedtime hack.
We came across Laura’s story on the Huffington post and reached out to the clever mum through Facebook.
“My daughter’s name is Amelia, she is turning one at the end of January,” Laura tells theAsianparent
. “We’ve got a video monitor and was watching her one night trying to find her dummy when she woke up and couldn’t find it,” she shares, recalling how she came up with the hack when Amelia was just 3 months old.
“When she had lots of dummies in there, she was quite calm falling asleep with them in her hands, too,” she adds, clarifying that her little one isn’t a “dummy fiend” during the day, but seeks comfort from them at night.
“It really soothes her having them through the night, and having more in there makes it easy for her to find one, and hold one (or two),” says Laura.
photos courtesy of Laura Gerson
Laura’s little girl has been sleeping 12 to 13 hours a night!
Naturally, it made sense to keep dummies within reach throughout the night by littering her crib with them.
“99% of the time she just wanted her dummy to soothe her back to sleep, of course we would know and see if it was anything different,” continues Gerson, who says the hack involved quite a bit of ‘trial and error’ before proving effective.
It’s been eight months, Laura happily reports, but the hack still works!
“Happy baby, happy mummy! Have been doing it since she was about 3 months old and it works for us. She sleeps about 12 to 13 hours a night,” says the proud mum.
Gerson’s ingenuity is truly amazing!
But as with anything concerning our little ones, caution must be taken, as certain types of pacifiers can be dangerous or potential choking hazards. Stay away from dummies those that have long straps or detachable parts.
Choose dummies or pacifiers like the ones little Amelia loves! Go for orthodontic pacifiers that are made of rubber, which can also make a perfect companion for when your little one starts teething.
More clever baby sleeping tips to try!
Littering your baby’s crib with rubber pacifiers might be effective in getting them to keep snoozing, but how do you get them to sleep in the first place? More baby sleeping tips might just help you with a fool proof method.
Here are other clever hacks to give your baby (and you mums and dads out there) more restful nights!
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Play them a natural lullaby
Using ambient sounds of flowing water, 31-year-old nurse and mom of two Laura Session managed to get her newborn to catch some Zs.
Similarly, soothing a baby through white noise is effective because it recreates a womb-like environment.
Use a ‘magic word’
Remember the clever dad who managed to put his baby to sleep in under 15 seconds? Chanting the word “om” repeatedly helped him create soothing vibrations, making his little one drift off more easily.
Don’t believe it? Check out how he does it, here.
Tuck them in tight… but not too tight
Aside from white noise and soothing words, one of the important baby sleeping tips suggest, to swaddle a baby. When done correctly, it can make a baby fall asleep easier by first calming them. The feeling of being snug comforts a baby, making them feel they are all wrapped up in their mum and dad’s loving embrace.
What are your go-to bedtime sleeping tips for babies, mums and dads? Let us know in the comments below!
sources: Yahoo News,The Huffington Post
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