One of the most common reasons a baby wakes up in the night is because their pacifier has fallen out, and dear baby would so like a replacement.
While many parents have struggled with this over the years, getting up every hour or so to faithfully put the pacifier back while certain that it will soon fall out again, Laura Gerson, user of British parenting site ‘The Motherload’ has come up with an ingeniously simple solution and it is proving to be very popular. “I’m completely amazed that this has gone viral!” Laura told Bored Panda. “We put it on the The Motherload Facebook group as a kind of humorous post because she looked so cute with them all around her, and cannot believe the response from it.”
Instead of a single pacifier in the crib, which can easily be misplaced or fall down the sides, Laura decided to simply place 10 or more pacifiers all around the crib. This is like a ‘bar’ for baby Amelia, who can reach out as soon as the pacifier drops and almost instantly find a replacement. “She isn’t a total dummy fiend and doesn’t even have them through the day really but it really soothes her having them through the night, and having more in there makes it easy for her to find one, and hold one (or two), Laura explained. “She loves the comfort of holding them and the fact that she can find them easily without the stress she causes herself of her waking when she couldn’t find one.”
The post was met with gratitude and amazement from parents who couldn’t believe that they hadn’t thought of such a simple hack earlier. “Lots of people do use this trick already, but lots of people don’t,” Laura told Bored Panda. “The way I see it is that if it helps just one family get a good night’s sleep from something so simple then it’s absolutely worth it. Happy baby, happy mummy!
Scroll down below to check out Laura and Amelia’s story, and feel free to share your own parenting hacks in the comments!