How to put a baby to sleep in 40 seconds
1. Place the little one on their back in the crib in their room.
2. Make eye contact and gently rub their stomach until they fall asleep.
3. Voilà! Your kid is sleeping peacefully and off to babyland.
If only things were that easy right mom? Being a parent myself, I completely understand the frustration of moms in the world that are exhausted and just need rest! There is nothing cuter or more satisfying than a sleeping child’s face. But kids crying in the crib? Not so much…
I’m not a Doctor and can’t replace the advice of a Doctor. So, the following tricks assume that you have a baby with a clean diaper, that has already had a feeding, and that is not sick. (There are plenty of videos online for help with those.) Here are some ideas that have happened to work for my family over the years.
One trick for new parents to get a baby to fall asleep fast is to not forget that they are very aware of their surroundings. They may have no life experience but they have instincts. And one of those instincts is when a person is frustrated they feel it. It can make them over excited.
What are some things that relax parents? Is it hot tea and music? Whatever the case may be (as long as it’s not harmful to the baby that is) try to do that. Try to put yourself into a relaxed state of mind. The little one will feel it and relax too.
If you are a reader then read to your child. Unless adopted, your baby has heard your voice their entire life.
Science has shown that babies retain information when ready to as an infant. We even read to our kids in the womb. As a result, they were reading at age 5 and speaking very early. It helps build synapses in the brain of the baby.
Results aren’t typical but it has proven to benefit. And it can really calm their minds. The sounds of your voice(s) can be very soothing to your children.
It’s good to get them into standard routines and bed times very early on to “flip” the little ones sleep schedule and help their bodies to learn to be tired at night.
When babies are born they are night owls. They wake up when you are going to bed. The reason that most point to is that during the day while in moms womb they were moving around and that could soothe them to sleep.
For example, that’s likely why babies enjoy being rocked. So, when you go to sleep it’s party time for the baby. If you are to succeed at how to put a baby to sleep in 40 seconds you’ve got to turn that party around.
That’s why it’s important for parents to “flip” their sleep schedule when they first come home. There are many ways to do it and that’s for another article. But, for our purpose here the goal is to get them into a routine of knowing that when bedtime comes they need to go to sleep.
Rocking is an age-old way for putting a baby to sleep. It can quickly soothe a little one and help new parents to get much-needed rest.
Next, make sure that your child is nice and warm. Then, you’ll gently and slowly rock the baby back and forth. You don’t want to be too vigorous as that could startle the baby. One thing that can help is for the parents to sing a lullaby or speak in a calming voice. Finally, continue to do this until the baby falls asleep.
Another trick to put the child to sleep is to wrap them up tight in a blanket. This is also known as swaddling. Swaddling can provide a sense of security for the baby and help to calm them. You likely saw the nurse do this in the hospital with them.
To swaddle a baby, first, lay out a large blanket. Second, fold one corner of the blanket down about six inches. Third, place the baby on their side on the blanket with their head resting on the folded edge. Fourth, wrap the left side of the blanket over the baby and tuck it under their right side. Fifth, wrap the right side of the blanket over the baby and tuck it under their left side. Finally, tuck the bottom of the blanket under the child.
The key to successful swaddling is to make sure that the baby is snug but not too tight. You don’t want the baby to feel constricted. A number of videos online show this technique.
Sounds are something that be very soothing to your child. To this day, I still sleep with a box fan in the room. It helps me sleep. One trick is to use a white noise generator. Another technique that worked for us was to play soothing music.
If all else fails it’s time to pull out the mega trick. Take your thumb and gently stroke your baby’s forehead in between their eyes. Make sure your hands are clean or you can use a tissue if you are worried about germs. I’ve done that with my kids, my animals, etc and immediately they melt. Their eyes start rolling around and they are asleep in no time.
You’ve done all you can to relax the baby. At this point, you may need to lay them down in their crib/bed (whatever they sleep in) on their back and let them be. Sometimes they are just awake from being over stimulated and just have to cry it out a little bit. And that’s ok. There is plenty of video evidence of this.
Don’t forget that everything is new to them as well. So, they will fight going to sleep. It may be hard not to sit and watch them. You can invest in a baby monitor to let you see video of them so you don’t worry. That will allow you to watch them without disturbing them.
I really do hope that these tricks on how to put a baby to sleep in 40 seconds will get you well on your way to being a master parent.
You should also check out our article on How To Get Baby To Sleep in Bassinet.