…& I’m slightly scared to share it.
Ever have one of those nights where it seems the more tired your baby gets, the more it screams, wriggles, and fights sleep?
Do you regularly feel like you’ve reached the end of your rope and Cry It Out might suddenly be a viable solution?
Are you (like us) a parent of TWINS & constantly running at the slightest sound, to at least make sure only ONE wakes up, and whisked the child out of the crib/room/house so as to keep the other twin sound asleep?
I may have discovered the secret to those moments that require a special soothing beyond the power of song or formula.
Of course, as a parent, I also know the millisecond my secret hits the internet, it will suddenly cease to work on my own children, no matter how many parents I help in the process.
Do I lift the box off of the Schrodinger’s Cat of baby sleep?
Alright, no more secrets.
Over the past two weeks, when we hit those moments where natural sleep seems as far off as the next full solar eclipse, I’ve used a unique strategy: I give my child a foot massage.
This has had the most unnervingly positive effect, almost at once disarming the screams, binky-throwing, and rolling around.
I had the thought to try it after meeting a baby masseuse at a recent Baby Show. She suggested full body massages after feeding, before feeding, when baby wakes up, when baby sneezes… essentially I needed to dedicate ten hours of my day PER BABY to massage.
I even asked her about it. “How the hell do you stick to this regimen if you have twins?!” I was shocked she didn’t have an answer beyond, “oh, well, my clients all have only one baby.”
That said, a few weeks back, I had a big presentation to give at work on Monday, and Sunday night at 11:15 PM Logan would NOT fall asleep, despite all our soothing efforts, babbling brook sound effects, & our Magic Sleepsuit (which I do attest works wonders, just not a fool-proof solution).
On a whim, my mind floated back to that Baby Show & the masseuse, and my hands reached out for my son’s foot.
Within 45 seconds his eyes were closed and his breathing was as soft and regular as his poops have been since we started solid foods.
This trick has continued to work, though I have reserved it only for the worst of times in order to preserve it’s mystical power.
Do you have any tricks or tips for sleep time when your baby is especially resistant?
Are you a parent of multiples who has good advice on putting TWO to bed at once?
Leave a helpful comment below.