My wife and I are expecting baby #3 in about a month. Despite this being our third time through the circus, we are not really sure if we are fully prepared to do this all again.
Every once in awhile we will stop mid-conversation and remember a struggle with our son or daughter. We will wonder if #3 will be just as difficult or easier.
Obviously we have the experience from the first two to carry us through. But we are older now and no matter how many veggies we eat or exercise we do our bodies just need more sleep.
And babies sleep a lot during the day and party a lot at night. With our first two we would co-sleep when they were younger and that really seemed to help.
But not every baby is so easy. And not every parent can indulge in such a method.
Laura Gerson, in the United Kingdom from the town of Canvey, near Essex, had a fussy sleeper on her hands. Her baby would, like many newborns, wake up throughout the night screaming for attention.
When her daughter was around three months of age, Gerson realized the reason her baby was screaming was because she wanted her pacifier (or dummy, as Gerson calls it).
In what can only be called Bill-Gates-level genius, Gerson loaded her daughter’s crib up with pacifiers — up to ten!
Now, when her daughter wakes up in the night she will find a new pacifier and soothe herself back to sleep. As Gerson explained on a Facebook post, it was an odd — but effective — solution.
“Weird bedtime routine that’s worked… Lol. Since my little one was about 3 months old she’s gone to bed with roughly 10 dummies in with her.
“Found that when she cried of a night all she wanted was a dummy then she’d go back off. Realised that if she had one to hand then she would just find it of a night, trial and error with her losing a few down the side but 99% of the time she feels around, finds a dummy, sticks it in and she’s sorted!
“Haven’t had to go into her of a night for about 8 months now… WINNING!! I don’t even wanna think about the time when the “Dummy Fairy” comes to take them away though.”
Gerson’s story has since gone viral, inspiring mothers around the world. Obviously an idea like this would get a lot of traction as its a common parenting problem.
Gerson is not immune to the impact her story has had: “I think it’s madness! I originally put the photo up because it looked cute and we found it quite humorous.
“I had absolutely no idea how mad it would go! Especially worldwide! I know lots of people do and have done this but the way I see it, is that if someone hasn’t thought to do this and it works, then that’s fantastic!”
Good luck to all the new parents out there. I hope your parenting hacks are just as effective!
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