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Raise your hand if you've been there: Standing half-asleep in a darkened nursery, hushing, swaying, swaddling, begging.
An exhausted parent would do just about anything to get her sweet little baby to finally give up the fight and go to sleep. Sometimes, though - like when you finally lay him down in the crib only to have his eyes pop wide open for the 10th time that night - it really does feel like an impossible task.
Could it be that the answer to the age-old sleep dilemma is actually an incredibly simple one?
Dad Nathan Dailo took to YouTube recently to share his very easy, but possibly genius, trick for getting his adorable baby boy to sleep. The video already has almost 500,000 views - a testament to just how many sleep-deprived parents are out there!
Take a look...
Call me optimistic - or flat-out crazy - but I think this might actually work... at least some of the time. Possibly. Hopefully?
My youngest is in preschool now, so her sleep-evading strategies have gotten hilariously sophisticated. She's had years of practice, after all - she was an absolute champion at staying up when she was a baby. She didn't sleep through the night until she was 2 years old! Yes, I remember those days all too well.
While it didn't get her to nod off completely, one trick that definitely helped settle her down was to repeatedly run my fingertips very gently down her face, starting at her forehead, then down over her sleepy little eyes and all the way to her chin. It's the same idea, but I can see how using a tissue might be even more calming for an over-tired baby.
It's too late for me to give this a go, but a couple of reviews from other parents in the comments look pretty promising: "This worked for my baby 5 times already so thanks!" wrote one. "Unbelievable... Tried it for the 1st time this morning and it immediately worked!" added another.
Before you get your hopes up too high, though, it's probably not entirely foolproof: "I can confirm and safely say this did not work on my one year old.... in fact she's still very much wide awake at 11 pm.she is not only wide awake but also tore the tissue I was trying to use... all I want to do is go to sleep...."
Oh, I feel your pain.
In any case, it seems to at least be worth a shot. If you try this trick with your up-all-night little one be sure to let us know how it goes!
This post was originally published in April, 2015.
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