Anyone who has ever had a baby knows that just thinking of getting your kid to bed at a reasonable hour can send you spiraling into a panic attack. Schedule be dammed, some babies just do not want to sleep.
I have a baby with FOMO, so she waits until she’s overtired to get in the mood for a nap. Like any mom in desperate need of a little sleep training assistance, I took to the internet to see what I could find and stumbled upon the video below.
What you’ll see is a woman lightly massaging a baby’s face and head in a series of light, circular strokes, with just her fingertips. Incredibly, this kiddo knocked out in under 60 seconds, with the lights and tv on. It was pure mommy magic!
So, armed with hope and prayer I tried this technique, and voilà, my fussy baby was out cold on my shoulder. We’re talking pacifier hanging out, 10 lb sack of potatoes asleep.
Since I was wary of anything on the internet being too good to be true, there were a few caveats to getting this to work:
- My baby recently fed and burped.
- She was already in her pajamas, signaling bedtime.
- The lights were off.
- She had a pacifier.
- She was already drowsy.
So take it with a grain of salt, but give it shot if you’re looking for just about anything to get your kid down for the night. And good luck!