Dad's X-Rated Hack For Getting His Baby To Sleep Leaves Mom In Hysterics
Unless you're incredibly lucky, you're going to struggle to get your baby to fall asleep. And when it's the middle of the night and you're bleary-eyed, this can leave you feeling more than a little frustrated. You've changed their diaper, fed them, and they have a warm bed to fall asleep in, but they still can't quite fall asleep (even when you're singing lullabies). So what do you do?
The answer to this question, parents, is something that you'd never think of. It's so unlikely that unless your baby sleeps in your bedroom, and even then, they're never likely to come within more than few feet of this particular object which, by chance, one dad discovered is the perfect tool for helping his baby to fall asleep.
The incredibly unlikely discovery was made in Queensland, Australia, by 34-year-old dad Brad. When he was struggling to get his newborn to fall asleep, he had a revelation. His baby fell asleep easily in the car, so all he had to do was find something to replicate those vibrations... You know where this is going.
Taking to the internet to share the incredible story, his blogger wife, Laura, 33, wrote of their baby daughter, "She does not do very well at day sleeps."
"We've found to put her down, we have to literally stand behind her rocking the bassinet to replicate the movement of the car.
"On Monday, I was at the gym and Brad got done with spending 20 minutes rocking the bassinet, so he decided force the process and thought 'what can I use to make the vibrations'."
"He had to go digging for it, I had no idea where it was because we've just had a baby!
"I came home, and he just said 'I used the vibrator to get the baby to sleep.'
"The thing is, it sent her to sleep straight away! It's amazing and works so well.
"It's now more inconspicuously hidden in the bassinet, but we're still using it."
However, because using a vibrator to help a baby fall from sleep is so far removed from its usual (and not quite so innocent) use Laura admitted that she was prepared to get slammed online for her husband's creation of this very unusual, but surprisingly successful parenting hack.
But after doing a little research, the mom-of-four discovered that she and her husband were not the first people to discover how useful vibrators can be in this department, and they've been credited on various other parenting blogs as being tools which can help babies to fall asleep.
"When I first posted the picture I was petrified people wouldn't see the funny, humorous side, that the fact it works is so funny.
"But so many people have been agreeing with me - the reaction has been amazing.
"There have been a few negative Nancys out there, but mostly it's been completely positive.
"When you have a child, you will literally do everything you can to get them to sleep."
"Afterwards Brad spent some time Googling vibrating motors so we could come up with another similar method, which wasn't a sex toy.
"But other parenting blogs suggest it as well, and it's even in an episode of Sex and the City.
"I wasn't trying to offend anybody, and my followers are aware of my sense of humor and that I'm very light-hearted and sarcastic."
And unbelievably, it turns out that vibrators can be used for more than one parenting hack, as another mom discovered and revealed online. Because if there's one thing worse than having a baby who won't go to sleep, it's having a sick baby and being utterly powerless to help them.
A common problem that most parents have to deal with is chest congestion - a symptom of a number of ailments including the cold, mucinex.com reports - and taking to the Facebook group Melons and Cuties, one mom shared a picture of her baby and a vibrator strategically placed on their back, captioned, "Our customer shares her remedy for chest congestion!! Use on baby's back while sitting in a steamy bathroom. Brilliant!!!"
Just like Laura and Brad's sleeping hack, this too attracted a lot of attention online with many people praising the mom's ingenuity and joking about how this was the perfect representation of how creative parents sometimes have to get when doing the best by their kids.
"HILARIOUS!!! But also a BRILLIANT representation of how motherhood requires you to be resourceful lol REAL LIFE," wrote one Facebook user.
"Just because something has a sexual purpose some of the time does not mean that's the only thing it's good for. This logic also applies to people. Having a sick child can be hellish. Within reason I say whatever works," added another.
"I remember the first time my son found my vibrator. I don’t know why I didn't think to tell him it was for chest congestion," joked a third.
This hack is even medically approved, sort of, with doctors frequently using vibrations to treat chest compression - even if, admittedly, they aren't using vibrators to do it.
So, the next time you're struggling to get your baby to fall asleep, or notice that they're suffering from chest congestion, you know that the answer lies in your naughty drawer.
But this does beg the question, are there any more truly bizarre parenting hacks out there? If the answer's yes, please, for the sake of your fellow parents, share them in the comments section!