Babies are so precious. They are cute. They are cuddly. They are soft. They smell amazing. They bring joy to your heart, a smile to your face. They are everything that is good and wonderful about life.
Except for when they won’t go to sleep. Then, they can be the most frustrating little creatures who make you cry and pull your hair out and scream “WHY GOD, WHYYYY?”
(Or maybe that’s just me? Maybe I’m the only one who cried “why, God, why?” when my babies wouldn’t go to sleep?)
Sometimes, putting a baby to sleep is easy– you feed cranky baby and cranky baby falls asleep at your breast or in your arms while sucking on his/her bottle. But there are times where the baby just won’t go to sleep no matter how much milk is in his/her belly or how dry his/her diaper is or how many times you beg him/her TO PLEASE JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND GO TO SLEEP NOW PRECIOUS LITTLE PERFECT BABY! These are some things that worked in getting my babies to sleep.
The Swing. Oh my GOD. I don’t know if I would have survived babyhood without it. I didn’t have a swing when my first son was born, but a friend of mine offered to let me use hers to help put the baby to sleep. “It’s like magic.” She said. “You just wind it up, put the baby in and he’ll be out!” She wasn’t lying. When my son would get cranky, I’d put him in the swing, wind that baby alllllllllll the way up (back in the Old Days, when I had my first baby, we didn’t have the fancy battery operated swings. We had to wind our swings up.) and let it go. Within minutes, he’d be out cold. I could do things like shower! And laundry! It was amazing. I highly suggest investing in a swing.
Take the baby for a drive. This might sound crazy, but this worked for all three of my kids! When they were having a bad night and unable to calm down, we’d put on our slippers, wrap the baby up and take him for a drive around the block. It’s not the most convenient way to put the baby to sleep, but desperate times calls for desperate measures.
Make the Buzzing Bee sound. Okay, this one is just weird, I know, but you guys– IT TOTALLY WORKS. I learned this trick from one of our babysitters growing up. When my baby brother would have a hard time going to sleep, she would put him close to her chest, rock him and make the buzzing sound. Within seconds, he’d stop crying and knock out. I did this with my children many times and it worked wonders. (At this point, you’re probably thinking, “This is why you’re not a professional Baby Advice Giver, Y.” I know, I KNOW. But all I can do is share what worked for me and my husband. And, well, that worked.)
Do you have any tips for helping to put the baby to sleep? I’d love to hear them!