The Ultimate Sleeper Put-Down Move

December 16, 2010 in First Year Fatherhood  

The Ultimate Sleeper Put-Down Move

As a new parent, the only faint wisps of accomplishment and productivity you get is when your little one is passed out in some other room with 14 fans on and your car backed up against the window idling and gently vibrating that side of the house so he/she/it will sleep as long as infantly possible.

There is no time more special to a new parent than the time the baby is sleeping.

And one of the most g’dam frustrating things in the f’n life of a new parent is when you can’t put your child down to sleep because they keep friggen waking up.

The kid will be so damn tired, and yet, every time you try to put it down, when you make that final move to gently dispose of the body into the padded receptacle, it blinks and looks up at you, as if it was saying, “you’ve got to be kidding me… That’s the best you’ve got??”

What’s even worse is when you get him down into the bed fine — your arms underneath him, his eyes relaxed close, mouth agape just a bit, little lower lip whimpering, occasional phantom suck and/or deep belly dream sound — and you try to slowly, oh so slowly and quietly, remove your arms from underneath him… When BANG! Eyes open, all smiles, and it’s f’n play time again!! FML.

Fail No More!

Hark! Today I reveal to you a trick that will make you the master of the put down. It’s called the Ultimate Sleeper Put-Down Move 2.0.

Like all amazing life secrets, this secret trick hinges on reversing logic.

The Old, Bad Way:

Normally you cradle the head in the nook of your arm, with your other arm supporting the bottom and legs. This is bad… and old. We’re going to reverse that. (click the pic for a larger version)

how to put down a baby into crib

The New, Excellent Way:

Take the arm that normally supports the head, and move it under the bottom. Then, take your bottom arm and support the head. Now your arms are running parallel with the baby’s body, instead of wrapped around it (see pictures).

It may take a little while to get used to this, but soon enough you’ll be droppin’ babies in cribs with the deft touch of one of those circ du soliel things. You’re welcome!

What’s a trick/tip you’ve learned about putting your baby down?? Please share!

Please Comment & Add Your Voice!

Mellisa December 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

He should mention that i am actually the inventor of the ultimate sleeper put down move… That sh*t is my intellectual property.

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Chase December 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

prolly goes without saying, babe.

danny December 16, 2010 at 11:04 am

Cognac! Just kidding. But I do employ the “30 Second Parking” rule. After deftly moving across the room (or house) with said sleeping baby in your arms, park it at the crib before putting him/her in the bed. Give it at least 30 seconds before the lowering into the crib. During this time try not to shift position to much. Maybe ever so gently rock back and forth, give a pat or two to the bottom or just stand there sending good vibes to the gods of baby sleep.

The way I figure it, there’s two volatile times in transport….the trip to the crib and the obvious lowering into the crib. If the monster wakes up or becomes more awake during the transport to the crib you may not know this until it’s too late (when those lil eyes dart open). The 30 Second Parking Rule allows a buffer time to have them drift back to sleep before going through with step two. Think of it is a great return on your time investment.

I’ve found that since employing this rule my “continued baby sleeping success” has risen dramatically. Thanks for the advice on the Ultimate Sleeper Put-Down Move 2.0. I think it’s really gonna take it to the next level for me.

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Chase December 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

30 Second parking rule… In.. the… bag!

Andy H December 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

Excellent tip. I need this move.

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Tom December 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Great post – very funny and I will have to try this new hold move. As a Dad of 3, with the youngest at 11 months, I’ll say my best tip is to actually put the baby down awake.

What?!? you say? Sounds crazy, I know.

With baby #1, I spent the amount of time equivalent to a part time job putting that child to sleep. I’d feed him a bottle, rock him, go for a walk, use a fan, dark room, fuzzy blanket, etc. Even got to the point that I would walk on our treadmill with the fan on for white noise for up to 20 minutes to get him to sleep. Crazy but it worked. Very tiring and way to much effort.

Now, with baby #3, I just feed him a bottle and once he’s drank it all, put him in his crib awake. He usually rolls over and goes to sleep within 5 minutes or so.

It’s counter-intuitive, but it works. The sooner you teach baby to put them self to sleep, the better for them and for parents!

Baby #1 and #3 both have similar personalities, so it’s not anything different with them, it’s all in my approach as a dad.

Now if anyone knows how to keep a 3 and 4 year old to stay in their bed at bedtime, give me a call, cuz I haven’t figured that out yet.

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Chase December 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm

can I recommend hugging the 3&4 year olds until they pass out? It always worked for my brother and I.

Good tip! Thanks Tom!

JL January 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

Question: how old was your baby #3 when you started putting him/her down awake? I am on baby #1 and she is 3 months, it takes me 1+ hour everyday to put her down to sleep on her own. Any tips? Thanks!

Charlene June 1, 2013 at 6:00 am

Same! Baby #1 had me pulling my hair out (and nearly hers) until I read the “Baby Whisperer” book and started feeding her when she woke up instead of before she went to sleep. Of course I had to let her cry it out which was hard — did a load of laundry and stayed in the laundry room — but only took a day and a half worth of naps. With baby #2 I started that plan from birth and he was honestly the best, easiest, happiest napper in the world (well, maybe second to his dad!)

Natalie May 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Omfg thank you so much for this & for the photos! I have a one-year-old who is great sleeper, but actually placing him in the crib is the biggest obstacle. He can be passed-out almost snoring in my arms but he’s got a crazy radar or something. I sometimes even have to use a small blanket to “air lift” him and lower him into the crib – crazy, I know. I can’t wait to try your method tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish me luck…

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chasereeves May 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Ha! Good luck Natalie! Wrap it up tight and let er’ rip! Let us know how it goes.

Mel October 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Thank u soooo much came across this trying to find ways to transfer my baby and it worked!!!! I was doing so many tricks before rocking to lower into crib, making sure the bottom touched first, keeping the hands there for a while, making sure her hands limp before putting her down the works. This worked first time!! Was a little awkward as she is eight months but sure I’ll get better with practice.

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Corrinne June 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

It worked! Thank God! My 1st son was an amazing sleeper! I, like Tom put him down awake and I also do this with my second son. He just doesn’t fall asleep as easily or stay asleep as long. At night when he’s asleep he almost always wakes when I put him down. I hope this continues to work for me! Thanks! This was the first site I looked at for ideas.
: )

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Chase June 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Awesome! That’s great news, Corrinne!

LaToya July 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Omg! Thank you for this! I haven’t tried it yet, but I will try
for her naps tomorrow ( she’s 4 months btw). Ur method looks soooooo promising! Lol, and reading ur blog was hilarious ( and so true!) thanx!

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Chase July 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Awesome! Thx LaToya!

Diane July 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I can’t thank you enough. My son is 4 months old and every time I put him down to bed he woke up. I tried the hold and waiting 30 seconds and he slept through the night last night! Now if you can help me with getting to take naps!

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Chase July 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

That’s awesome, Diane! Glad you found this and it helped you out.

Facu August 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

Nice! I like the one of the guys and the one where he’s holding her and her plrupe shoes are poking out. Great job! Love your business name, too!

Nici July 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

This is absolutely amazing! I have never ever ever EVER been able to accomplish this and literally 5 mins ago achieved it. This was the first site I looked at for tips and it worked liked magic! And so simple!!! Thank you bunches!!! :D

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Nikki July 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

Okay… This looks like it works if they baby sleeps on her back. However, my arm keeps getting stuck when I try this move and try to lay her down on her side. Help!!!!

Darlene July 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Oh my! I’m sitting here rocking my three month old and dreading the moment I have to place her in her crib. It’s been a very long day with the feed, play, rock, place in crib, then eyes wide open like she just woke up from a three hour nap!! I am glad I stumbled across your blog. It gave me a huge laugh and made me feel that I’m not going insane!! Thanks for sharing!! Now, I’m off to attempt your method, wish me luck. I’m exhausted!!

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Chase July 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Good luck Darlene!!

Maria July 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

This is great. My baby loves falling asleep in my arms and for 2 months now I was unable to get him to his crib without him waking. Tried this 10 min ago and he’s still sleeping. Thank you so much I can actually go to sleep myself now.

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Chase July 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm

That’s amazing. I know this works from my own experience, but it’s still so cool to hear about it working for others!

Alexis July 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Can’t wait to try this technique; the body to crib transfer should be an Olympic sport. It’s funny that the little guy is wide awake in your “Arms Easily Slide Away” picture…

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Julie August 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thanks I needed a laugh! While it is too late for me, as I have a toddler in my bed right now awake for the past few hours, I’ll remember this for the next baby.

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Kala August 28, 2012 at 6:04 am

What about kids who sleep on side or tummy? Any suggestions? I always wake my kid up when transitioning from rocker to crib. So annoying. Makes me want to punch myself in the face.

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Nicole September 11, 2012 at 1:04 am

Thank you ever so much for this tip, it has helped me more than you can imagine.

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Shanna April 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Unfortunately my baby was a sleep in my arms when I was reading this and I laughed so hard it woke him up. : ) Dang it! Once I get him asleep again I will try this out! Thanks

RT October 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Oh my God. I am going through this now with my 4.5 month old and I actually googled “baby wakes up when I put her in the effing crib”. ha!! She’s up and her dad is walking her around (sigh) so once she nods off we’re trying this. THANK YOU!!

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Sarah October 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Ooh, I can’t wait to try this tonight! I just put my 1-year-old down for his nap and I have been having to climb INTO the pack-n-play to lay him to sleep — it’s a good thing I’m a little person! However, my smallness may be what’s getting me, too. To get him into the pack-n-play I have to bring my arms away from my body, and he senses this immediately. Maybe this technique will help me still, though!

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Gemma October 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Genius – she’s sleeping like a log. Hope she stays down now. Thanks.

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Emily @ Joyful Abode November 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Holy crap this is the best thing ever. I hope it wasn’t just “beginner’s luck.” But after about the 4th failed transfer attempt tonight, I started googling, and found this. It is full of so much win. I pinned it because I can’t keep something like this a secret.

Amazing. You should get royalties every time someone lays a baby down this way.

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Scott November 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I read this last night when my frustration was peaking with my one month old beautiful daughter. It worked on so many levels, it kept me sane knowing its normal and that so many others struggle with this. Then I took all the suggestions and piled them into one attempt to put her down and “walla”! It worked instantly! I swaddled, I heated the crib with a heat bag, I put her down sleepy but still just awake, and used your method to escape! She laid there peacefully, which never happens, and I went to sleep exhausted only to wake 4 hours later to a still peacefully sleeping baby. You are all life savers!

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Kristina March 30, 2013 at 8:10 am

Voila. It’s French for here it is.

Tamela March 1, 2013 at 6:46 am

Thanks for the Pick Me Up moms and dads. I will be trying this tonight. You all have me excited now!

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Beck March 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Well hopefully not just beginners luck – my two week old daughter is finally asleep – in her cot – first go using this method!! Also nice to know that this is normal – exhausting but normal :-). My problem at the moment is made worse by the fact that I have a cold and always end up desperate to cough when she’s fast asleep and of course this scares the s**t out of her and wakes her up!!! Thankyou

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Raymond March 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

Dude… Thanks a million. Worked like a charm! I tried it plus the 30 second delay and it went smooth. Asante sana.

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Alex March 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

Looks good! Currently have 4 tax returns running around the house, oldest dates back to circa 1998. Version 4.0 is as i type snoozing deeply…..I’m old school and use the gear shift to engage dady time. Tip: if you find the unlocking of door locks during gear shift engagement stirs the little beasts, try manually (by hand) unlocking all doors reachable, then engage…..much more silent!

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Dj March 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Omg… I have been telling everyone for 2 months that my 2 month old will not sleep on her back.Not only is she sleeping.. She’s on her back! What?! Who’s child is this? You are brilliant, I also hope this isn’t just a lucky day but a pattern of better sleep! Ill let you know if it keeps working.

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Suzy April 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

You are a legend. My lil beauty normally isn’t too bad but she is poorly and on my 8th attempt I gave up and was idly googling the issue when I saw this. I thought it was genius. I had to hold my arms next to her for a mo as her eyes shot open then soon as she slipped back to sleep voila thanks x

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Claire April 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

After googling in desperation at 2:30am following too much time trying to settle 5 month old I found your trick! Amazingly it worked 1st time! Thank you! Hoping she will settle herself again soon but she’s been sick, so has been used to getting mum time to go to sleep.

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Courtney May 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I can’t wait to try this tonight! We just lowered my 8 month old daughter’s crib (damn large motor skills!) and I could not get her down at all today for naps because it was like dropping a bomb into the crib! I was actually trying to think of ways like using a step stool or something to get a better angle on it. Can’t wait to see if this works for us!

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Carla June 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I wanna try that, I’m desperate. A trick I learned with a child I babysat and that sometimes works with my 7 week old is to rock them to sleep wrapped in a blacket (only for naptimes though) I figures that even if he was passed out and I was so gentle putting him down the bed would be cold an he’d wake up. So I now I rock for naps withs the blanket and the transfer is a lot smoother. I’m certainly gonna try the new hold though. I also love the idea of putting them down awake. I did that with my #1 after 9 months of nightmare and to this day (she’s 5 now) she’s amazing at putting herself to sleep. Still can’t seem to do it with the 7 week old cause her eating patterns are crazey. But I’ll start trying. Thanks!

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