Brandon Marji, Staff Writer
According to the Huffington Post, one of the most common reasons why babies wake up in the middle of the night is because their pacifiers fall out. Babies are trained to fall asleep while sucking on something, which starts just after they’re born, the Huffington Post added. While many parents would solve this solution by getting rid of the pacifier, one mom stops her baby from crying by using a different technique.
According to HomeLuxury, Laura Gerson, a British mom, has come up with a simple, but genius solution and it’s proving to be a very popular one. Most parents will put one pacifier in their baby’s crib, which can get misplaced or even fall down the sides of the crib. So What Laura has done is place 10 pacifiers all around her baby’s crib. Gerson says that her baby cried all night, all she wanted was a dummy pacifier then she would go right to sleep. Gerson added that ever since her child was 3 months old, she would go to bed with 10 pacifiers with her.
For those who think that her child would become addicted to the pacifier, Gerson assures them that she’s not. “She isn’t a total dummy fiend and doesn’t even have them through the day really but it really soothes her having them through the night, and having more in there makes it easy for her to find one, and hold one,” she said. Laura decided to post her solution on the Motherload Facebook page as a joke because her baby looked so cute surrounded with all the pacifiers. To her surprise though, the solution went viral.
Many people responded by saying that her technique worked, and others had even done a similar technique, just with fewer pacifiers. Unfortunately not every user who responded to the post shared the same feeling. Some users believe that the easiest way to stop a baby from crying for their pacifier is to not give them one.
Tips On How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: According to the Mayo Clinic, the first tip to having your baby sleep through the night is to try and follow a consistent and calming bedtime routine. If your baby is overstimulated in the evening, it can make it tough for them to fall asleep. The Mayo Clinic states that trying cuddling, bathing, singing and playing quiet music will work, as long as there is a defined endpoint when you leave the room each time. They add that starting these activities in a quiet room before your baby is tired is key.
Put Your Baby to Bed Drowsy But Awake: The Mayo Clinic suggests that parents try and put their baby to sleep when they’re drowsy. Their reason behind this is because you want the baby to associate their bed with the process of falling asleep on their back. They also suggest clearing the bed of blankets and other soft items that might distract them.
Give Your Baby Time to Settle Down: It’s natural for parents to attend their child every time he/she begins to cry. But when they’re put down to bed, the Mayo Clinic says that it’s important to let the baby settle down. It might take your baby some time to find a comfortable position to fall asleep. But they do say that if the crying does not stop, to go check on him/her. Sometimes your reassuring presence is all your baby may need to fall asleep, says the Mayo Clinic.