Friday, March 18, 2011

Like Magic

Whenever my little guy is tired and I can't get him to sleep I take him on a walk around the block and like magic, he falls asleep.  I love that circle.  Tonight he was fussy and tired, so I decided it would be easier to put him down to sleep if I took him on a walk first.  Dressed in his dinosaur pjs, out we went.   He was crying a little as I closed the door behind us.  My neighbors were outside playing catch and they made some joke about how my baby was mad b/c I didn't take him out earlier.  I laughed, but didn't have time to stop and chat b/c I needed to settle my little one down.  A minute later he had stopped crying and I was able to make him laugh by shaking a toy on his stroller at him.  A minute later his eyes were droopy.  And then 3 min later he was asleep.  I smiled victoriously as I rounded the corner to home.  I was hoping my neighbors were still outside.  I was not disappointed.  They looked at my baby and said, "Is he asleep?"  I replied, "Yep, I call this walk the "magic circle".  I love it.  It works every time."  

Then I wheeled my little guy inside and then carefully picked him up and set him in his crib.  It was great.  


  1. Look at you, mommy! You know all the good tricks! I'm glad there exists a sure fire way to help your little guy fall asleep AND that you have discovered it!

  2. Wow, the magic works quickly on your little guy! I'm jealous that you can go for walks outside. It's still snow and slush here!

  3. When my daughter was a baby, we travelled on business a lot, so I spent a lot of time in hotels that had swimming pools. I used to put her in the stroller with a sarong stretched over like a canopy and go around and around the pool area, singing to her until she fell asleep.One other hotel guest I met told me that she had looked down from her window and wondered who the mad woman was who kept going in circles, until she actually met me and realized it was my "magic circle." You will treasure that memory of your neighborhood walks.

    Lisa (ICLW #112)
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  4. I so wish that I had a trick like that for Bean! Sleep has been so tricky with her and inevitably, if I did manage to get her to sleep on a walk, she'd wake up in the transfer to the crib and be rested from her 5 minute snooze and ready to go another 5 rounds. So whatever your secret is, please bottle it and sell it. I'd be your best customer!

  5. I have been following your blog for a while, happy ICLW! We are just doing our home study now and I am excited to follow adoptive families.

    - Jess

  6. awww! now if only someone would rock the mommas to sleep!