There could be a variety of reasons why your baby is not sleeping on a regular schedule. Perhaps they started out sleeping pretty regularly, but something else happened along the way. Here are some potential problems and great solutions to calming and getting your baby to sleep.
The Football Hold
This always worked with all three of my babies. You place your baby face down on your forearm. (I am comfortable carrying with my left arm, the most). You want to straddle your baby’s leg around your arm, while holding their head in your hand. You can do this while sitting down or vacuuming.
Reverse football hold
You may even reverse the football hold by placing your baby’s head against your body and inner elbow, then holding his bottom with your hand; whichever way is most comfortable. From there you will carry him close to your body, like a running back or wide receiver does with the football. This position is especially good if your baby has gas or tummy pains. With simple rocking or a light bounce, they will eventually fall asleep.
A Warm Washcloth
This sounds so simple and it is. Sometimes if I knew that my baby may be trying to pass bowels or they have stomach gas, I would grab a dry washcloth and pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds. I would place it directly over their clothes, either on their back or their tummy. This method could be used for a fussy baby while they are bathing. I have put a wet washcloth directly over their tummy and it soothes them, as well.
Clean your House!
Yes, take this advantage and vacuum your house. Babies always seem to calm down and fall asleep with a vacuum cleaner running. The constant buzzing is what does it. This also works great with the reverse football hold, if your baby has an upset tummy. Be cautious because you may even have to use the wet vac if baby does more than pass gas.
Good ole rocking
Yes, this never fails. You don’t have a rocker though, right? There is a solution to that as well. I never had a rocker for my kids but I would sit at the edge of my couch and rock them from there. I would put their head against my left shoulder or chest and rock back and forth until they fell asleep. If you are amongst the lucky ones, you can rock them in a rocking chair.
Singing or humming
I always hummed the song “Edleweiss” which is translated to “Little White Flower” in German. To this day, my children know the song. A mother’s soothing and calm voice is all it takes, sometimes.
I remember many times placing my cranky baby over both of my knees and patting their behind to get them to sleep. It always worked for my youngest. I would place him belly down over the edge of my knees. I would then move my legs back and forth, while holding him down with my left hand. When he moved to the right, the palm of my right hand would pat his diaper. I may even make a slight bumping type of noise when I patted him. This really works for those who are restless and will help your baby sleep.
A really fussy baby won’t like it at first, but oh it works wonders. You spread a receiving blanket over the top of your “flat” bed. The surface must be flat to properly wrap your baby.
Make a diamond shape with the blanket and fold under the top corner of the blanket. Place your baby’s head on top of the fold. Start from one side and bring it over your baby to tuck the corner under him. Make sure that his arm is flat against his body.
Take the bottom corner of the blanket and bring it up, catching his feet (they may be brought up into a fetal position, if you’d like). Tuck the blanket under your baby on the open side. Finally, bring the other corner over and make sure that your baby’s arm is tucked under like the other.
Your baby may fuss at first because he is literally being restrained, but it won’t last long. They will wear themselves out and feel safe all the same. This resembles being in the womb. The younger your infant, the more receiving they will be of this method to get them to sleep.
Play Opera or Symphony Music
This type of music is very soothing to your restless baby. You may play music for your baby while they are in their swing. If there is nothing wrong with him, he will fall asleep most likely within 5-15 minutes. Really a swing is the first remedy, along with rocking. Not everyone has this sort of music, so playing a baby mobile will do.
Take a Small Trip Around your Neighborhood or go for a Stroll
Strapping my baby in his seat belt and taking a drive around town was sometimes the only solution, but it works for most. I also believe that babies get bored, so if it is daylight, taking your baby for a stroll to get him to sleep may be your best option.
No Resources: This article is written of personal experience as a mother of three.