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Baby Sleep Tips – Try them with your baby

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I’m writing this article about sleeping tips for babies since that’s what my site focuses on, but some of these tips would work for adults too. There are so many times that I try to fall asleep and simply can’t because I have too much on my mind.  I’ve found that scented body lotions help me to relax.  I guess I focus more on the scent rather than everything else and I do a lot more deep breathes that then relax me.  So, these tips below might be able to help you and your baby to unwind so that you can sleep well.


 

Putting a Baby to Sleep with a Tissue

You might have seen this video already on social media sites, it’s gone viral. It’s just so amazing I just had to include it in my blog and make it my #1 tip for my post.  It’s such a clever little trick! If you haven’t yet seen the video, you have to check it out. The parents simply drape a tissue gently and steadily across the baby’s face over and over again to get him drowsy and then to actually fall asleep – in less than one minute!! Crazy, right?  If you have a newborn, you have to try it!  Trust me, you won’t get the same results with a toddler… my daughter would grab the tissue out of my hand after the first attempt!

Parents watched this video, tried it, and then gave feedback – most said it worked on their baby as well!  Some didn’t have such great luck, but surely you have a minute or two to spare and try it.  I’d love to hear feedback if it works for you.


Would this work with other things besides a tissue?

If you try the tissue and it doesn’t work, you may be wondering if you can do something similar with better results.  Sure… again it’s worth a shot.  I’ve seen where a parent takes their hand, spreads their fingers slightly and drapes that down the baby’s face just like what was done with the tissue.  Their finger tips glide over the baby’s eyes, closing the eye lids on their way down the face and they repeat.

Another suggestion is to try rubbing your baby’s forehead. I’ve taken my finger tip and slowly and gently rubbed my baby’s forehead back and forth repeatedly to help soothe her when she was an infant.


Lavender scent in the room

Another thing to try is the scent of lavender.

  • lavender_flowerYou can get lavender scented spray and either use it in the air near your bed or spray a little on your pillow.
  • You can use lavender scented oils in a diffuser or mister
  • Get a candles. If your baby is mobile and within reach of the candle you’ll want to look into the lavender scented flame-less candles but honestly most of the reviews I’ve read is that the scent isn’t very strong.  If the candle can be placed well out of reach of your baby, I would look into getting the The Honest Co’s Organic Aromatic Soy Candle.  It’s all natural and smells great.
  • Have you tried a lavender scented stuffed animal? You can heat it in the microwave as well to get even more calming effects. I’ve heard of people using this for babies (make sure it’s not too hot) and even for themselves. It’s also helpful if you have aches and pains or are chilly.

White Noise or Music

White noise and music can be very helpful in getting a baby to sleep.  This can be used at home (hair dryers and fans are a common one to try) or on the road if you have a sound machine or songs on your smart phone.


Try patting your baby’s bottom gently

This isn’t something you’ll want to get stuck doing every night (if your baby becomes dependent), but when your baby is fussy or gassy, this may help.  I got results with it.


 

Car Ride

This one was recommended to me all the time but honestly I never had luck with it. My daughter never slept well in the car unless she was extremely tired.  She always seemed alert and more interested in what was going around her than just enjoying the motion of the car. I know this has worked for many though and rather than get frustrated that you have to try this method – treat yourself to a coffee from McDonald’s or Starbucks while cruising around to make it a little more enjoyable. If you’re breastfeeding, make it a decaf or a smoothie.


 

Other tips

Looking for other tips? My Comfort Page includes 10 Ways to Make your Baby More Comfortable.

Have you found a creative technique that has helped you that you’d like to share with others?  I mean, after seeing the YouTube video at the top, it makes me wonder… what else will work that we haven’t tried or found yet?  Please share your stories.

8 comments on “Baby Sleep Tips – Try them with your baby

  1. Joe

    These are great tips!
    Our little guy is 14 months now and we have been using a “womb” sound and a nightly lavender scented bath as his bed time routine.
    It works for the most part as he sleeps through the night though sometimes getting him to sleep is a chore.
    I’ll have to try some of these other tips to see how they work!

  2. Kristy

    Thanks for leaving feedback on what’s worked for you guys so far, Joe. You can certainly try the tissue technique above but I’m thinking your 14 month old is too old and will probably grab the tissue like my daughter. Has your son gone down to 1 nap a day yet? If not, you can try to see if that helps. If he’s napping too much during the day, he may not be ready to fall asleep at night. Or the opposite is true as well. If you think he’s overtired and cranky at night and that’s why he’s not going to sleep easily it could be that he needs more rest during the day. Try some of my other tips mentioned and let me know how you make out.

  3. These are great tips. The tissue trick is awesome! I think there is something with soothing repetitive touch that’s hypnotic for babies in as sense. This takes me back to when my little sister used to fight sleep terribly and the only thing that would finally put her to sleep was walking around while holding her in my arms and stroking the side of her face gently with my finger. It’s so cute, as a grown woman she recently told me that having the side of her face stroked softly still puts her to sleep 🙂 I’m going to share this with all my mama friends!

    • Kristy

      Your comment put a smile on my face too, how sweet. Thanks for sharing your story and for sharing my site with your friends!

  4. Hi Kristy,

    WOW! I have NEVER seen the tissue trick before. I wish I had a newborn around to try it on!

    I don’t have any kids of my own but children are my passion and life goal. I can’t think of anything I want more than having children.

    When I was 18 my aunty had my cousin and since then (she’ll be 5 in August) I’ve been so attached to her. I was the first person to hold her after her parents when she was born. She’s always been a horrendous sleeper. Even if you could get her to sleep she’s always slept so lightly that the moment you touched or moved her much she’d be completely awake. Only my aunty and I could put her to sleep pretty much.

    I used to have to sing the same song continuously and sit her on my knee and rock her chest back and forth between my two palms until she’d get drowsy enough for me to shift her onto my chest and then keep doing that FOREVER. Still, it’s definitely something I’ll never forget, but I definitely wish I’d had the chance to try this trick on her!

    Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed it

    All the best

    Katia 🙂

    • Kristy

      Hi Katia, I’m glad you enjoyed my article. It sounds like you have a great relationship with your young cousin and are getting first hand experience what’s involved in caring for a baby and young child. That will help lots when you have a little one of your own. When you do, it hope you remember this tissue trick! Thanks for the the visit and comment. 🙂

  5. I have always tried taking them in a car ride, and it works ,,
    I will try some of your ways and check them out ,,,
    Hope they work …

    • Kristy

      I’m happy to hear that the car ride works for you, but it’s probably not the most convenient. Give my other ideas a shot and let me know how you make out.

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