Mommy Hacks: 5 Ideas for Helping Baby Sleep

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard more than enough times all of the “foolproof” ways to get your baby to fall (and stay) asleep. Some of them may have worked like magic, while your baby resists others. (Which is when we bring in Talitha, who has helped us define our parenting style, after all ;)) For example, Ariah loves being bundled in her swaddle blanket; it helps her feel cozy and secure. Other cues, like dimmed lights and reciting stories, signal that winding down time. But then there are moments where it seems like nothing on earth will help your little one sleep! It’s time to pull out a few new tricks.

baby sleep tips / photo of Ariah via Tamera Mowry

Try a lullaby app. Rockabyboo is a new lullaby app that utilizes UK artist Beulah’s soothing voice to help baby drift off to dreamland. There’s an enormous selection of music and stories updated constantly and they can even be personalized for some babies’ names. Find more info in this video clip.

Share your fave music with them. Yep, Rockabye Baby! features an entirely different set of lullabies. A company that sells soothing, lullaby versions of popular songs from countless artists and eras, you can put baby to sleep to The Elton John, Taylor Swift, or even Jay-Z. Don’t worry, all songs are baby-friendly, soothing, being the keyword here. The idea behind it is music that’s sweet and soft for babies, but just as entertaining for mom and dad. You might even enjoy having these tunes stuck in your head all night!

Get a vibrating mattress pad. Maybe it’s not the sounds that soothe her, but the motion. This Vibrating Mattress Pad Baby Soother gives off a gentle motion without you having to constantly rock her or take yet another drive around the block. It slides in under the crib’s mattress and can easily be shut off via the accessible power button on the handle.

Try a mix of both sound + motion. Of course, if neither of these are working quite right, maybe it’s that the baby needs to feel the motion as well as hear a soothing sound to feel secure enough to drift to sleep. There are products such as the Summer Soothe & Vibe that does the work of both the motion and the sound machine. And if it can safely soothe your little one to sleep in 20 minutes or less, it could be worth a try!

Get them a read-along buddy. You may remember that I mentioned the book + reading buddy Christopher Can’t Sleep as one of Aden’s fave bedtime stories. This is something to try with children of his age that know how to entertain themselves. Now, don’t get me wrong, Aden loves following along with the story… But it also happens to lull him right to sleep! One moment he’s engulfed in the pages of the book, and the next he’s snuggling up with his buddy.

If you’ve got ideas to add to this list, let me know – I’ll edit the post to feature your tips!


  • Azaria

    Hey tamera I love what you talk about on your website and one day I want to meet you and your sister. I don’t have any children yet but this is a good way to have babies go to sleep.

  • Sheens Del Rosario Smith

    Hi Tamera! Thank you for the tips. What works for my baby and it is the best baby gadget I’ve ever bought is The BabyShusher. No need to shush yourself, this little gadget will do it for you! It has a timer is 15 mins or 30 mins and you can manipulate the volume. When my son starts stirring midway from a nap or in the middle of the night, just turn it on and voila! He’s back to sleep. I bought mine on Amazon for less than $32 and some Babies R Us carries them.

  • Ashley Worley

    Hi Tamera!

    With my little one I give her a warm bath at night with aveeno claming body wash. Then after the bath I use the claming lotion. Then we swaddle tight and put her down in the crib on a full belly with her mobile!

  • Ashley Worley

    Thanks! ☺️

  • Awesome tips! My baby is def a musical one and lulls off to sleep really easily…but I need help with my almost 2 year old falling out of his toddler bed every night. I’ve tried everything! I even find him under his bed from time to time :( any tips?

  • Dawn Farris

    I did this to all 10 nieces and nephews of mines… I put a pillowon my lap and lay them down flat on their belly and they fall right straight to sleep.You just move the pillow with them on it to wherever you want them to sleep. They nap for a long time because the heat of the pillow is like body heat. Try it.