Which brings me to our Friday Five - Ways to get your baby to fall asleep. Here is what works in our house.
This one actually works every single time. When it's the afternoon and Peanut hasn't taken a nap, I can almost see the meltdown coming. Then, as predicted, she begins to wail inconsolably; so I pull out the baby bjorn, stick my little Peanut in it, and "wear" her around the house. This is great when you want to go for a walk or get some stuff done around the house. However, I must warn you. It does a number on your back/neck/shoulders.
2. Put your Peanut in the swing.
Sometimes babies just get tired of you. And over stimulated by the world. At this point it's best to just put them in the swing and leave them alone. Our little Peanut can spend an hour just looking at herself in the mirror in the center of the mobile.
3. Place your Peanut over the shoulder and pat the butt lightly but very quickly.
I'm not sure why this one works for us, but it does. When she is just beginning her meltdown I can sometimes just throw her over my shoulder in the "burping" position and pat her butt. She usually slumps down on my shoulder and falls asleep. This one works best in the middle of the night.
4. Swaddle your Peanut and put her in the crib with the Sleep Sheep.
We are trying to develop a sleep routine at our house and this is part of it. So far it's been working pretty well. This is also the case when we want her to go back to sleep after a midnight or a 2 am feeding. We just swaddle her tightly and put her back in the crib or co-sleeper and turn on the sleep sheep. Then hope for the best. Often the pacifier is also involved.
5. Lay your Peanut in the Bouncer, turn on the music, turn on the vibration, and continually rock the Bouncer with your foot.
Ugh, that brings me to Thursday. We had a meltdown for almost the entire day. I don't think she got a good night's sleep and proceeded to wail most of the day. After carrying her around most of the morning and early afternoon my back wanted out and I wasn't blaming it. So I thought I'd try one of the many other options that have previously worked. Except nothing was working. So I put her in the bouncer. She wailed. I turned on the music in the bouncer. She watched me for a minute, then wailed. So I turned on the vibration in the bouncer. She looked at me, confused, then wailed. So I started bouncing her with my foot. She seemed curious. I kept bouncing. She looked disinterested. I kept bouncing. She started closing her eyes. I continued to bounce her for the next 2 and half hours.
When creating this, I also had some weigh ins from the cyber world. Here are some other ways to get your baby to sleep:
- Put your baby on your chest and sing Amazing Grace
- Put your baby in the car seat and rock
I am also currently re-reading Sleeping Through the Night...and other lies by Sandi Kahn Shelton (I'll tell you more about Sandi and her book in a whole other post sometime...hint- she was our landlord in the apartment we got engaged in) and this is a quick excerpt from her book about getting your baby to sleep:
Sometimes turning on the clothes dryer works.
Sometimes walking very fast while singing the words to your high school fight song works.
Sometimes wrapping the baby's feet in a blanket helps.
Sometimes not eating garlic for a while will prevent other incidents like that, but probably not retroactively for this time.
But sometimes - I can't lie to you - you just have to stay up all night, holding onto this miserable little person, and all you can come away with is the knowledge that when the sun comes up, it doesn't get light all at once, but just kind of gradually gets lighter and lighter gray until you can start to notice things like flowers and lawn furniture and the individual leaves on the trees.
And that's when you realize the baby is asleep, and that you're most likely going to live through this time in your life.
Especially if you can laugh.
In fact, definitely if you can laugh.
Now, we all know how much I just adore your comments and advice. Even the unrelated comments (you know who you are - I love that you don't have kids and still leave me very funny comments). So please. Let's hear your ideas!