How to Lay Down a Drowsy Baby Without Having to Army Crawl Out of the Room

I love my fellow smother mothers. You know why? Because they ask THE best questions. Like how to lay down a drowsy baby without waking them. If you’re a real mom (or parent), then you know how freaking hard it can be to lay your sleepy, droopy-eyes baby down into their crib without waking him/her up.

Maddie S, girl mom of two reached out to her mom community last week with this specific scenario in mind. From Maddy:

“Tips/Tricks for laying down a sleeping baby! Help me!

She goes down at first in her bed just fine but once she wakes up for the first time I can’t get her back down. I can get her to sleep but the second her back touches her mattress she’s wide awake, every. single. time. We have a sound machine going and I even place a heating pad in there while I’m feeding her to warm up her spot before I set her back down. It can go on on for almost two hours before I cave and bring her in bed with me and the way I sleep with her kills my back.

Seriously. This mama needs good sleep. And good coffee.”

Sounds all too familiar. In fact, this is the exact way Beckham became a bedsharing baby. I could not for the life of me get this kid to go back to sleep in his rock n play. (That’s what we were using at the time when he transitioned into my bed.)

How to Lay Down a Drowsy Baby Without Having to Army Crawl Out of the Room

If you’re like Maddie and desperate for some sleep advice from other fellow smother mother’s read on.

Lay her on her tummy

Luckily for Maddie, the helpful comments came flooding in soon after she posted. One mama replied: “Is she a tummy sleeper? If we ever laid A down on her back she would be awake immediately, but her tummy was fine and she would stay asleep.”

Put the crib by your bed

Another mother answered: “Is there room beside your bed to put her crib? I swear this is the only reason why my kids are such good sleepers is because they’re literally right next to me, but on their own bed.”

Try the Merlin Sleep Suit

Rescuin’ mommy number 3 answered: “Does she like being swaddled? I know you can’t swaddle bc she rolls but we have a merlin sleep suit and so Amelia gets the same feeling of swaddling without swaddling, I also have to put her down when she is almost a sleep and rock her side to side as she is laying on the mattress until she falls completely asleep.”

Quick tip: The Merlin Magic Sleepsuit is designed to be introduced at approximately three months of age when most babies are growing out of swaddling, transitioning into larger more spacious cribs from smaller sleep environments (Rock N Play, bassinet, etc.), and able to sleep for longer stretches without parental intervention (holding, nursing, rocking, etc.).

Warm up the spot with a heating pad

Before any mama’s gave their best crib sleeping tips, Maddie mentioned using a heating pad to “warm up” the spot that she was going to be laying her baby down on. In my opinion, that was a genius tip! I can not tell you how many times I would go to lay B down and notice the spot I had in mind was ice cold compared to my warm chest.

Cooz to Snooze

The Coos to Snooze

Helping your baby fall asleep and stay asleep has a lot to do with setting the right mood. According to Military Wife and Mom, “Setting the stage helps release hormones in your baby’s body to help him prepare for sleep. When we are exposed to bright light, our bodies stimulate Cortisol, which is a hormone that helps us feel awake. When we are exposed to dimmer light or darkness, our body activates melatonin, which is a hormone that helps us feel sleepy.”

Makes sense, right?

What are your best sleeping tips for drowsy babies? How do you put down your drowsy baby without a fuss? Share your best tips in the comments below.

If you liked this post you may be interested in: How to Transition Your Baby into their own Room (Without CIO).




Author: Smother Mother Kate

Katelyn isn't a regular mom. She's a cool mom and creator of The Smother Mother.

3 thoughts

  1. Introducing a “lovey” has made all the difference for my LO! I can even put him down “sleepy” but not asleep and he basically rubs his 6″x6″ Muslin square trimmed with satin on his face until he falls asleep. We used the Merlin suit until he was ready to get rid of it (we tried a couple times to get rid of it and until he was okay with it we were basically wasting our time/sleep lol) and I think his lovey eased that transition.

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