Putting a child down for a nap can be a frustrating process.
Recently, I’ve had to trust Pumpkin to self-soothe so that I could spend that time attending to Peanut’s feedings and naptimes. For the most part, she is able to fall asleep by herself, but there are those nights when she just wants to stay up and party.
Good thing I discovered white noise, quite by accident.
I have always wondered why laying on the beach and listening to the waves made me so sleepy. I randomly thought, I wonder if this would work on a stubborn baby?
I searched YouTube, and there were countless videos playing ocean wave sounds. This one seemed to me the most soothing, and even better, it lasts an entire hour!
This is good for when you are also very tired and fall asleep before your child does (like I tend to do).
I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY LAYING ON THE BEACH AND LISTENING TO THE WAVES MADE ME SO SLEEPY. I RANDOMLY THOUGHT, I WONDER IF THIS WOULD WORK ON A STUBBORN BABY?
I already knew that there are CDs of white noise such as rain and thunderstorms, but I was under the impression that these were marketed toward adults who had trouble sleeping or who wanted to be able to focus better.
YouTube is overflowing with videos such as these, and other examples of white noise, including restaurant conversation, typing on a keyboard, office background noise, and so on.
I did some research and found that the reason these noises are so soothing to us is because they remind us, on a subconscious level, of what it was like in utero.
The womb is a very noisy place! All those fluids coursing through the body are your baby’s lullaby. This is where we were the most comfortable and at peace, and anything which reminds us of that feeling, consequently helps us sleep!
I DID SOME RESEARCH AND FOUND THAT THE REASON THESE NOISES ARE SO SOOTHING TO US IS BECAUSE THEY REMIND US, ON A SUBCONSCIOUS LEVEL, OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN UTERO.
Pumpkin has fallen asleep in as little as 10-15 minutes after listening to the following videos:
Good luck, and I hope these help you catch up on your sleep as well!