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Old Wives Tales

The collection of old wives tales below are based on my personal experience that I have tested over the years. However, I do not guarantee that they will or will not work for everybody.

Underwear myth

If your baby sleeps all day and stays awake during the night you should put a pair of his fatherís underwear upside down above his head for a couple of days. Reason

It is believed that the babyís sleeping pattern is upside down therefore by placing the underwear in the upside down position it will revert the babyís sleeping pattern to 'normal'.

True or False?

Answer: False

I have tried it on many babies and it does not work at all.

Recommendation

One way to get your baby to sleep longer at night is to teach your baby the difference between day and night. You can do this by dressing him in day clothes during the day and pyjamas at night. Many parents are afraid that the new baby will be cold so they dress him in pyjamas all the time. I personally like to put the babies into their day clothes when they wake up in the morning and have some play time instead of leaving them in their pyjamas until their bath-time which is usually around noon. Put your baby into his pyjamas around 8 p.m. and wish him goodnight. Play some soothing music and sing lullabies to get him sleepy. Also babies are great copy cats so yawn and close your eyes and your baby will imitate you and very soon he will be asleep.

Date added: 1 April 2007

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