Getting your baby to sleep can be a challenge for any new parent. Once you’ve stopped the wailing, getting them to stay asleep is also a battle and a half.
So, what can you do to make it easier? Well, you could just silently scream into your pillow or buy a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to block out the crying (from your partner).
OR you could attempt one of these 9 tried-and-tested hacks for helping your little one off to the land of nod…
1. Sam Faiers’ hairdryer hack
In an episode of itvBe’s The Mummy Diaries, 27-year-old Sam Faiers shared a sleep hack she uses for her 5-month-old baby, Rosie.
When the tot just won’t nod off, Sam pops a hairdryer on the floor – and lets the white noise-esque whooshing sound lull her little one to sleep.
She said in a VT: “My best trick to get Rosie to sleep is like a white noise. And so here I am, in the most beautiful [hotel] suite, trying to get Rosie to sleep with a hairdryer on the floor.
“It sounds so random, but I think there are a lot of mums out there who do the same as me.
“It’s the hairdryer and the air vent in the kitchen! Those two are really good to get your baby to sleep.”
2. Running bath water
The latest hack to go viral involves mum named Lauren Sessions, from Michigan in the US, soothing her wailing nephew with a simple trick she’d used on her own kids: popping them within close hearing distance of some running bath water.
Seconds beside it and *poof* the little one is fast sleep…
3. The 1-minute head stroking technique
This viral hack shows baby falling asleep before our very eyes, all thanks to a simple ‘baby head massage’.
Who can forget the furore around this £8 jar of Lush lotion? One mum came out to say it had worked wonders for getting her child to sleep, and others quickly followed suit. It just about sold out instantly, but now it’s back in stock…
(It’s not recommended you put it on babies under 6 months, but you’re totally fine to put it on yourself to let them casually get a whiff of the lavender and other soothing ingredients).