Post # 1
My neice had to leave daycare early with a fever and I’m watching her while her parents are at work. I always think it’s amusing the strange things that will calm her down and lull her to sleep. Most notably, the Battle Hymn of the Republic never fails to put her to sleep. She can be mid tantrum, but you rock her and start humming it, she’s instantly out like a light. I’ve tried other lullabies and hymns, nothing works as well.
So, what works for the babies in your lives?
Post # 2
My daughter is hopeless in the face of having her butt patted quite aggressively. She has been since she was born! If she’s upset for whatever reason, if I hold her on her back and pat her butt with my free hand, she will slowly start to fall asleep. It’s great for when we’re traveling and I can’t do her usual bedtime routine — just butt-taps until she can’t hold her eyes open anymore. I’m still waiting for Graco to invent a butt-tapping machine … I mean, they have swings and cradles and bouncers and rockers … why not a butt-tapper??
Post # 3
Our secret weapon for getting LO to sleep: walking on the treadmill. It actually makes tons of sense: the walking creates a rocking motion, there is white noise from the motor . . . 5 minutes is usually all it takes to knock her out. *Maybe* ten if she’s really worked up.
Post # 4
iarebridezilla: I am a pediatric nurse and as weird as it sounds almost every baby loves the butt pat!
My youngest DD (out of 3) loved the vaacum as baby. It would out her right to sleep, and then she got older and it terrified her.
Post # 5
My dd loves Nat King Cole. Never fails to calm her down!
Post # 6
Since birth my 4 month old has loved the song 3 Little Birds by Bob Marley. When he’s calm and I sing it to him he just gets this faraway look and relaxes. If he’s freaking out (mostly in the car needing to sleep) he stops immediately and is often asleep in under a minute. It happens all the time but I’m still totally charmed by it every time. He loves a punky reggae party!
Post # 7
With you all on the butt pat. DS has always liked that. My husband also has this strange thing of holding his face really close to DS’s and exhaling heavily in his face. Puts him to sleep every time, but doesn’t work if I do it!
Post # 8
My babies love the vacuum and if they’re really worked up either a hardcore CD or a dubstep CD anything with a bit of bass and they’re flat out sleeping in less than 2 mins!! All 3 of them are the same! Probably doesn’t help that we are music mad!!
Post # 9
My almost 3 month old loves when I sing Jim Croces Bad Bad Leroy Brown! He could be screaming bloody murder and as soon as I start singing that he calm down. No other song will do either. It cracks me up every time.
Post # 10
Dd loves when I sing Moon River to her. She gets the biggest smile every time is ing the “wider than a mile” line.
Post # 11
The hair dryer. Looking at herself in the mirror always makes her smile too. She will throw a fit if you pull her away lol. I think we have a vain baby on our hands!
Post # 12
My son will fall asleep if I stroke his nose lol.