This is a sponsored post. I received either product or monetary compensation. All opinions are mine. When I had my first child, I was 25 and knew nothing about babies. I was that overly paranoid helicopter mom who hovered over Chelsea like she may be abducted by aliens if I looked away! She was a good baby who slept through the night by the time she was 4 weeks old. When Caitlin was born, I was way more relaxed about raising her. Since Chelsea didn’t get abducted by aliens, I figured Caitlin was safe (wink) She too was sleeping through the night by the time she was 4-5 weeks old. And then came Henry. Oh Lawd that boy would NEVER go to sleep! We tried EVERYTHING to get him to sleep more than a few hours at a time. This went on past his first birthday and we were exhausted! And then I found these hand tips. Here’s hoping they help you as well.
5 Hacks To Get Your Kid To Sleep At Night
- Alternative Beds: If you can find something your kid will sleep in and it is not their crib or bed, use it! At this point, you just want them to sleep! If they fall asleep while eating, take the food away and let them sleep!Henry would sleep in a recliner, so I padded it so he wouldn’t fall out. Worked like a charm!
- White Noise: Many of us sleep with white noise, but we don’t think about this for kids. My girls slept with a fan going in the room. With Henry, we found that ocean waves helped get him to settle down. I had a friend whose baby would fall right to sleep when she vacuumed. She got pretty tired of vacuuming all night, so her husband recorded it on a loop and played it in their babies room. Nailed it!!
- Humidifier: My kids would get dry noses and it made it hard for them to fall asleep. Once I put a humidifier in their room, they felt much better. A humidifier helps to keep your nose, throat, lips and skin from getting dehydrated. It can also work if you snore!
- Weighted Blankets: I found this trick for Henry when was was diagnosed with autism when he was almost 5. We had a weighted vest to wear during the day and a weighted blanket at night. The gentle pressure from the blanket will release serotonin and endorphin to help put your child to sleep. Thanks to Karly at Life As A Mama for that tidbit of info! Henry is now 14 and can still be calmed with a weighted blanket or vest!
- A Sleep Buddy: If you can find a toy or plush your child cannot be without, let them sleep with it. When Henry was a baby, it was a small blanket with a teddy bear head on it. He called it “baby” and the back-up was called “udder one baby”. As he has gotten older, he has traded in “baby” for a 4 ft. tall Mickey Mouse and then a My Little Pony doll. He recently had the chance to take a new buddy, Kale, a cool robot doll from Kauzbots.
So what in the world is a Kauzbots you ask? They are robots with a heart. Each BOT was made to represent and champion their Kauze. Each Kauzbots is an advocate for a different cause, raising awareness and showing even the youngest kid, that they can be a supporter and advocate for what matters most. For instance, Kale is all about saving the planet, which is something Henry is very adamant about. For Caitlin, she chose Kaprice, who support those who have been touched by breast cancer. My mom was a breast cancer survivor, so Caitlin is passionate about that cause.
Karissa wants to put an end to hunger while Karson is committed to supporting musical therapy programs in children’s hospitals. Another cool thing about Kauzbots is they give back! Each time a Bot is sold, 10% of the retail price is donated to the Kauze closest to their heart. Each Kauzbots sells for $24.99 and you can see all of the Kauzbots and what they stand for by visiting the Kauzbots Shop Page.