Does your baby love being rocked to sleep? Want to teach them to fall asleep on their own? Invest in a battery-operated swing!
Battery-operated swings are brilliant and were an absolute life-saver for us when our twins were small. While they may rock baby to sleep for you, they can also be used to teach them how to sleep!
“How???”, you might ask.
Well, whenever your baby is due a day nap, put them in the swing, and set it in motion – use a rocking speed that is fast enough to occupy your baby. Be sure to note what speed you’re using! Now use the rocker everyday for every nap, for a couple of days at the set rocking speed. After a couple of days, reduce the rocker speed by a notch, and again use rocker at this speed for every day-nap for a couple of days. After a couple of days, again reduce the speed of rocker, and so on. Keep doing this until eventually the rocker is no longer rocking…If all goes to plan, your baby should now not even notice the swing not moving, and put themselves to sleep!
If baby still doesn’t settle themselves, start the whole process all over again… perseverance is the key.
This method worked for our twins & youngest (only learnt this after mistakes we made on eldest!).
All our kids (including our 7.5month old) can put themselves to sleep with no fuss, for naps & bedtime.