Top Ten Tuesday: Getting Your Baby To Sleep


Today’s first Top Ten Tuesday list is in honor of my sleepy pirate. Remember how he started sleeping 8 hours like in November? Well, last week he reneged on that deal. He started waking up three times PER NIGHT. I was a zombie. A zombie. A zombie. Seriously. A zombie.

One night I just decided I was going to ignore him if he cried at his normal midnight hour. And he did. And I did. And within minutes he went back to sleep and SLEPT UNTIL THE MORNING. And has been doing that ever since! Isn’t that strange?!

So, not sure if these things helped, but here are my…


1. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. Seriously best sleep book ever. Dr. Weissbluth should pay me commission.

2. Earplugs. These are for you, not them.

3. Miracle Blanket. It’s called the miracle blanket for a reason.

4. White Noise machine. I am normally not a fan of sounds during sleep. But when your kids rooms are connected by a door and you can literally hear the other one breathing heavy, I like this for covering up some of the noise.I bought this cheesy oneat Target. I keep it on rain, but it’s got tropical birds if you like that better.

5. Hyland’s Homeopathic Sleeping Helper Pill-Thingies. Have you seen these? When we went on our cruise last year our table-mates gave us some because Lydia didn’t sleep. Not sure if it worked but we’re going on another cruise in March (!!) and I’m thinking I might drug the pirate with them. Is that weird?

6. Miracle Blanket. Oh, have I mentioned this before?

7.The Moms on Call Book. You can never have too many get-your-kids-to-sleep ideas.

8. A warm bath and a snuggly towel.

seroiusly. adorable.

9. A bedtime story. We’re doing The Magician’s Nephew. It’s taken us a few months to get to chapter 12, but I think he likes it.

10. Nyquil. KIDDING.

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So, what’s your Top Ten today? Top Ten Dishes You Still Need To Wash? Top Ten Oscar Nominated Movies I Didn’t See? Top Ten Things You Should Be Doing Instead of Reading My Blog?

I’d love for you to link up with my Top Ten Tuesday! Just post your Top Ten list on your blog. Then come back here and put your PERMALINK in the Mr. Linky. Click around to enjoy the rest of the top tens and make some new friends! (Here’s some real guidelines & a button if you’d like.)

And as an incentive (aka method of begging/pleading) I’m offering up a prize! If you play along with my Top Ten this week, you could win a set of TEN mini cards from an adorable little etsy shop, SarahsSmileI’ll announce the winner NEXT Tuesday.

 Thanks for playing!


  1. I am a big fan of The Happiest Baby on the Block—it is technically methods for soothing a crying baby, but it works for getting to sleep too. I swaddle in SwaddleMes and they do wonders. And we listen to the same CD before bedtime every night.
    It is amazing and I love it unreasonably much. I like to think the “sameness” lulls her to sleep.

  2. Great tips!

  3. I posted mine. Unfortunately it lacks creativity and information 🙂 … but I still did it. Even when dull I’m here for you.

  4. You know you could bring the Pirate’s favorite blogger to him, he could laugh himself to sleep.

    Posted my list-probably not what you had in mind-but you helped me out instead of just having me link to my post at All Mediocre for the day.

  5. Do you have any tips for taking your kids on a cruise?? We’re going on one and our little one will be 17 months then.

  6. THANK YOU for this post and the links. I needed this. G is sleeping longer stretches at night, praise the Lord, BUT getting him down for the start of the night? Brutal.

    • :Almost all I can point out is, I’m not sure what to say! Except naturally, for the ainzmag tips which are shared using this blog. I am able to think of a thousand fun ways to read the articles on this site. There’s no doubt that I will at last take action using your tips on that matter I could not have been able to take care of alone. You were so considerate to let me be one of those to profit from your useful information. Please recognize how great I enjoy the whole thing.

  7. Okay, well, I tried – and failed – to get my act together today (ahem, on such short notice! :P), but I am so in next week!!!

    I loved your list – great job!

  8. Amanda, this was too fun! I can’t wait for next week — I’m already coming up with more fun lists to make!

  9. This was fun!

  10. I just brought my kids to bed. That was the best soother I found!! Plus, it gave ME a good night’s sleep in the process. My 2-year-old comes into our bed in the middle of the night still. But we all get much better sleep then when I tried to force him back to his own bed.

  11. I was totally anti the white noise machine, but I’m so going to get one this weekend. Having Bug in our room and Mr. Wakey-Wakey (aka Wog) in the next room is proving to be a bit of an issue!

    I’ll totally have to play along with this sometime. 🙂

  12. I recently decided to start a bit of sleep training with John (4 months). so last night after he was fed and swaddled I laid him in the bassinet as usual and then let him fuss himself to sleep. He still woke up, but I congratulated myself on sticking to my guns.

    When I took him to the doctor the next morning, not only did he have an ear infection–but he had not been making his weight gain.

    this mothering thing is hard, and even harder when you didn’t do the right thing at the right time.

    Here’s to more sleep for all of us!

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