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There are many well-known strategies and schools of thought when it comes to baby sleep, but when you've been up for hours rocking and bouncing, new strategies can arise. Parents share the craziest things they've done to get their baby to sleep, like crawling into the crib or going up and down in the apartment's elevator.
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Sarah Bernard: When you've all been up for hours, just rocking and bouncing and pacing, all sorts of crazy things start to seem like really good ideas.
64% take long drives to get baby to sleep.
Sarah Bernard: Sixty-four percent of our site moms, myself included, admit that they've gone on long, completely unnecessary drives to get their baby to go to sleep. And then, there are some other approaches.
Woman 1: I crawled into the crib, and my husband walked in and thought I had actually lost my mind. And I realized that I did.
Woman 2: I have not crawled into the crib. I've definitely crawled into a toddler bed.
24% say their child never sleeps in their bed.
42% say their child sleeps in their bed every night.
Man 1: Really the only thing that we've had to do is carry her and walk around the apartment, sometimes for about 30 to 40 minutes, in the dark, walking back and forth.
Woman 3: The craziest thing, probably just rocking for a ridiculously long time.
Woman 4: We'll actually go in the elevator sometimes and just, like, go up and down.
75% start bedtime earlier because their kids are making them insane.
Woman 5: So bedtime is variable. A lot of the time: "It's really late, guys. It's way past bedtime."
Woman 6: When I'm tired, I make sure it's dark in the room. You know, close the shades and everything. And I'm like, "Well, baby, it's naptime."
Woman 5: Regularly pull down the blackout shades and it becomes nighttime right away.
Woman 7: Kendall was saying eight-something, but it really was seven-something. I'm like, "Oh, you know, I said eight-something, we going in the house!"
67% say they've lied to their kids about the time.
Man 2: I guess the biggest advice was, once we kind of had a groove we stayed consistent within that groove.
Man 3: Oh, we actually got very lucky with him. But for us, though, the key was just routine.
Man 2: Every night, we take him back, sing a little song, shut the shutters.
Man 3: But by the end of that whole routine, when we bring him to the room, he's almost even, like, reaching for the crib, he's ready to go in there.
Man 2: He just kind of points to the crib, and we walk out. Yeah. I know, I can't say that too loud. I'm a dead man.