Do you often find yourself at your wit’s end trying to get a little ball of distress to sleep? Believe us we’ve been there – and having previously featured a few time honoured methods for getting babies off to sleep, we’re now sharing a few more ingenious tricks for this sometimes seemingly impossible task. What do you make of them?
A perfect method if you’ve a good pair of lungs, a spare ukulele and a healthy dose of patience, this dad’s rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ is an inspiration to us all – and the exact word we tend to use when a little one does finally doze off.
This short but sweet video has been viewed over 9 million times since been uploaded in March, and shows a cute but restless little bubba being soothed to sleep by a tissue being draped over its face. Note that snug swaddle that prevents his arms from reaching up to grab the tissue, leading to an impressively swift journey into the land of nod.
So apparently dogs aren’t the only four legged friends of babies – the occasional cat has been known to show a nurturing instinct too. This feline creature is only too happy to pat its charge to sleep, though we can’t guarantee how easy it will be to train yours to do the same…
Jokingly called the ‘Vulcan Mind Sleep’ by its recorder, this is a slight variation on the tissue technique shown above that simply uses the parent’s hand stroking the little one’s face until they fall asleep. We can’t be sure it’ll happen as fast as this baby, but you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll be trying it ourselves before too long.
A finally impressive paediatrician-approved method is simply called ‘The Hold’, and is demonstrated here by its inventor Dr. Hamilton. It’s hardly rocket science – simply fold a baby’s arms across its chest, hold it at a 45 degree angle and rock gently until they become sleepy, with maybe the occasional booty wiggle for good measure. If it’s good enough to work after they’ve just had an injection, we daresay it’ll prove effective even when they’re just over-tired as well.
What’s your go-to method for getting a little one off to sleep? Have you tried any of the above and found them effective? Let us know in the comments below.