How to Put a Baby to Sleep in 40 Seconds
5 min read
Last Modified 13 June 2023 First Added 18 May 2023
Getting a good night’s sleep can sometimes be a challenge, but with little ones under your care, it can be even harder – especially if they’re struggling to get that rest themselves. Over the years, parents and experts have tried many different ideas and techniques to send babies to sleep. The question is, which ones have stood the test of time, and have come out on top?
While 40 seconds may be a bit optimistic, we’re going to share great methods to help your baby snooze. From viral popularity to an old classic, let’s go over the three best ways to get a baby to sleep quickly.
The tissue trick was popularised a few years back by Youtuber Nathan Dailo. In a video, he demonstrated his tip with his little bundle of joy, Seth. In the description, he notes it’s a weird method – but it does seem to work! The technique itself is:
This method became viral, breaking into the mainstream media, and parents have tested it worldwide. Results may vary, but many parents seem happy with the process, and due to its simplicity, there’s no harm in giving it a try.
This is a method that works well for many adults, as well as little ones. We’ve talked about how to sleep better with white noise before, so if you’re already acquainted with it, this method should make a lot of sense. Here are the steps:
White noise works wonders because the sounds distract the brain, giving something other than silence to dwell on. While babies may not be pros at thinking just yet, their brains are learning and growing, and they need a break too. Maybe that’s why it works so well.
An old standby and a favourite for many. Instead of tissues or machines, pick up your baby and bounce, sway, and cuddle them to sleep. Perfect for getting close to them and bonding while also being a beautiful moment for you both. Here are the steps:
Cuddling a baby to sleep is a fantastic method for many new parents as it creates a wholesome bonding experience. Plus, the rhythmic motions of the swaying help soothe and calm a baby who may be tired and stressed from the world around them.
For each method, there’s a different reason. The tissue trick is famous due to viral fame and other parents trying the technique and finding it successful. Light touching of any kind, in a similar fashion, would have a similar effect, but there’s something adorable about seeing a little soft tissue and a soft baby together.
White noise holds its popularity because it’s a game-changer for many adults. If it works for older people, it should work for the younger ones, right? It’s also a good method for busy parents to try, especially if they’ve got multiple kids running around.
As for the cuddles, that’s a time-honoured method that every parent finds themselves doing at some point. Not only does cuddling release oxytocin, a hormone that helps us bond and feel good, but it also has medical merit, especially for the tiny ones who may be prematurely born. Cuddling very preterm babies in the delivery room is a positive and everyday experience for mothers after birth – that’s not us saying it; that’s the title of a report from 2022 about the subject.
The simple answer is it may vary. Every baby has unique wants and needs for their sleep routine. Understanding babies’ sleeping patterns can help us understand why their slumber can be so strange and stressful for parents. But the reality is: you won’t know until you try.
While putting a baby to sleep in 40 seconds may not happen, a faster sleep time for a newborn who struggles to get rest is an excellent step towards a healthier sleep cycle. This is important for the relation between cognition and growth and helps set them up for good habits as they grow. So, embrace the journey, try these methods, and see what happens. 40 seconds is a small time investment for a good night’s rest.
Calling all exhausted superheroes in need of a sleep sanctuary for your little ones as they grow! Step into a world of cosy wonders and explore our range of kids’ beds, designed to transform bedtime battles into dreamy adventures.