It’s 2:30am and everyone else in the house is fast asleep. That is except for you and your screaming, seemingly impossible to soothe baby. You’ve tried everything you can think of to calm his squeals – clean diaper, full belly, proper temperature, rocking, patting, singing, rubbing, bouncing – yet nothing is working and you are about to pull your hair out.
We’ve all been there and the level of overwhelming exhaustion in this situation is so hard to describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it themselves. So we are providing some of the more unique (shall we say crazy) tricks that we’ve heard about which moms around the globe use to win this sleep battle. Some of them are a little more outside-the-box than others but it is worth a try to get your struggling baby to sleep.
Run the Blow Dryer
I’ll admit that I had heard of this one before. It falls in the same category as running the vacuum cleaner, both of which supply continuous white noise which helps soothe the baby to sleep. What I wasn’t aware of was how many parents actually do this. Most just run their actual hair dryer until the baby dozes off. Some have recorded their hair dryer on their smart phone and just play it in a continuous loop for the baby (clever!) or even bought CDs which are available that have white noises including the humming of a hairdryer included.
Recreate the Night Sky
Apparently something about the stars and the moon in a soft, soothing light helps distract and calm the baby. There are several options here. You can run out and buy one of the many different type of night sky lamps available on the market some of which come with a lullaby option as well. Or, you can just buy glow and the dark star stickers at your local craft store and place them on the ceiling above the crib, a cheap and easy solution that should work like a charm.
Let Your Baby Suck on a Candy Cane or Put Peppermint on their Pacifier
I’m not sure that the stickiness of a peppermint candy would be a joy to clean off of your baby in the middle of the night especially since you are trying to get them to sleep, but it is definitely worth a try. Plus, if what is keeping your little one awake has anything to do with stomach or digestive issues, mint is known to having soothing properties so we say go for it.
Put the Car Seat on the Dryer
Constant vibrations are calming to a baby so if you are at your wits end try strapping the little one into their car seat and set it on top of the washing machine on the spin cycle. Then cross your fingers that the good vibrations send the baby off to slumber land. And hey, you might have the added bonus of finishing one of the 8 loads of laundry you needed to get done in the process!
Practice Chinese Acupressure
What could be more relaxing than loving, subtly applied massaging on pressure points? The Chinese believe that balancing your baby’s energies through light pressure can help with a number of issues including digestion and gas, teething, strengthening the immune system and yes, inducing sleep. We think that a little relaxing baby pressure point massage might just do the trick! If nothing else, your baby will definitely feel more relaxed.