With both my kids, they took to miracle products that aren't on any baby registry to help get them to sleep. With my first baby, it was a HAIR DRYER. Yep, you got it. White noise at it's finest. Picked one up at Ross, because I didn't want to burn through my own. The theory behind it is that when the baby's in the womb, the sounds in there are fairly loud. Some experts believe that the mother's blood rushing and other internal happenings can make it so the baby's in a constant sea of sound about as loud as a vacuum cleaner. I'd heard people say they turned on vacuum cleaners or hair dryers for their babies, so I gave it a try. Miraculous. My boy would stop crying in mid-scream and drift gently off to sleep.
Now, I know there's new-fangled thang's called white noise machines out there. For some babies, they work wonders, but they just didn't work with my boy. Not loud enough, I think...or maybe he knew the sounds were fake.
With my girl, the hair dryer was completely ineffective, but she does like an EXERCISE BALL. Bouncing on it while I hold her, to be exact. It's the only, sure fire way to get her to stop crying instantaneously. Seriously, it's like magic. The theory behind this one is the almost constant movement while baby's in the womb. She's used to falling asleep with the bounce-bounce-bounce of my daily activities (mostly chasing my toddler from one end of the house to the other).
She's also a fan of a FAN. Pun intended. Again, the white noise machines don't work on her, but the gentle whirring of an old-school fan is just the right mix of white noise to send off of to dreamland. Works every time, and I give prayers of thanks every time I put her down.
So, ladies...please don't tell me that my kids are the only ones with odd attachments to household items as sleep aids. Did you have any special tricks up your sleeves to get your babies to sleep? What worked best, and why? I'm insanely curious.