Willing to try just about anything to get your baby to sleep through the night? Check out this mom's clever sleep hack


Regardless of whether you're a complete baby novice or just welcomed your second or third little bundle, the one thing we all know is that once the baby has landed, sleep becomes a scarce and precious commodity. 

A 2013 UK study found that by the time their baby turns 1, parents to newborns will have lost more than 40 days of sleep. 

So we can only imagine the tears of joy shed by parents to newborns when mom Laura Gerson dropped her game-changing sleeping hack via a private Facebook group, revealing that her baby girl Amelia had been sleeping through the night by 3 months. 

Her secret? Following the newborn equivalent of the law of supply and demand, the creative mom simply loaded the crib with dummies. 

And voila! 


Image supplied by Laura Gerson

"We've got a video monitor and was watching her one night trying to find her dummy... 99% of the time she just wanted her dummy to soothe her back to sleep," Laura told Parent24. 

The inventive mom admits it took a few tries to get the amount just right but eventually she cracked the code.

"She isn't a total dummy fiend," jokes Laura, "having more in there makes it easy for her to find one, and hold one (or two)." 

"Happy baby, happy mummy!"


Image supplied by Laura Gerson 

Read more: 

We think Laura's hack is pure genius, got any you'd like to share? Feeding, changing, clothing? Would you try this with your baby? Tell us by emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish them. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous. 

Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive Parent24 stories directly to your inbox.   

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Authorities should bring in the army already
10% - 1538 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
54% - 8540 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
33% - 5197 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
3% - 499 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.