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Get The Baby To Fall Asleep

How do you encourage your baby to sleep like …a baby? Try these last-resort tricks that have helped other desperate parents snag some shuteye.
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Bring on the white noise. “Conrad was quite fussy in the first few months, so my husband and I decided to try white noise. We downloaded all kinds of sounds—including jet engines, vacuum cleaners, and plain old static. We hooked up some mini speakers to our iPod, hit play, and he was out within five minutes. It worked so well that we always travel with those speakers. Now he sleeps as well at Grandma’s house as he does at ours.”
—Kristin Widing, mom of two, Aurora, Oregon

Give baby a rub-down. “The technique that works for me is to rub my daughter’s forehead gently with my thumb while holding her skin to skin.”
—Sunset Belinsky, mom of two, Kansas City, Missouri

Be a swinger. “We were very sleep deprived with my youngest, who’d wake up multiple times during the night. Finally, I moved the battery-operated swing to our bedroom, put him in it, and he’d doze off. That thing saved my sanity.”
—Len Saunders, father of two, Montville, New Jersey

Rap music? Yep. “Believe it or not, rap music of any kind was my go-to savior…played softly! The steady beat is soothing and our baby would fall asleep in a matter of minutes.”
—Shari Mezrah, mom of two, Tampa, Florida, and author of The Sleep Mom.

Try some good vibrations. “The one tip that always works is to put a baby blanket in the dryer to make it nice and toasty, then swaddle the baby in it. Place another blanket on the dryer, turn it on, and gently lay the baby on the blanket with one hand on her tummy. You’ll be amazed—the warmth and vibrations lull most babies to sleep. Then transfer her to the crib.”
—Blythe Lipman, mom of two, Scottsdale, Arizona, and author of Baby Instructions

Go for something scent-sational. “I sprayed a little lavender mist on my baby’s bedclothes to soothe her, then swaddled her.”
—Nicole Action, mom of three, Mount Airy, Maryland

Turn on the TV. For my son, The Wiggles always made him conk out in two minutes. The downside: I’d have ‘Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car’ in my head for the rest of the night!”
—Ron Motta, dad of two, Commack, New York

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by im was having issues with my baby sleeping and the tv thing works August 13, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I am definitely in the nesting stage right now, so this is the kind of information I am looking up! I live in a noisy section of town, but I have heard that if you get your baby accustomed to hearing certain noises, then he/she will sleep more soundly through them. Like, if you make everyone be quiet aka no noise during sleep time, then your baby will get used to that and wake up to more noises. Not sure if it's true but I guess I'll find out! I want to definitely try the music tip though! March 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by A lot of things on her i knew and I'm a plan ahead kind of freak lol or nursery had been painted for months and sent even sure if we're pregnant yet lol...but there is one thing i had no clue that you get energy when your body is getting ready i thought for sure you'd feel more tired if anything..well now that i know this its one more thing i can be ready for when it hits I'll know it's almost time. As for having the bag packed i would most definitely pack will in advance. Can somebody tell me if the hospital gives you a bag of like welcome the world stuff i heard somewhere they do. February 2, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by to get baby to sleep, I bring her up to our bedroom and turn off the lights only leaving the tv on. I crawl in bed and cradle her in my arms as I watch "iron Chef of America". I also give her a warm bottle....within 20mins she's passed out and I then place her in her crib in her room. Iron Chef of America seems to be the key December 17, 2013
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