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5 Totally Genius Dad Sleep Hacks

Dads aren’t just the innovators behind tree houses, pillow forts and, um, “unique” hair-braiding creations. They’re also pretty genius when it comes to getting their little ones to fall asleep (case in point, two of Nanit’s founders are dads!). Here are five entertaining baby sleep hacks from fathers who channeled their creative sides to get their kids to sleep.

  1. The Dream Truck

You know how your baby instantly falls asleep in the backseat whenever you’re driving? Well, this dad found an ingenious way to bring the soothing motion of the car into his home via a remote-control truck that doubles as a sleep space.


  1. “The Most Awesome Bed Ever”

Moving on up from a crib to a big kid bed can be tough. But dad – and Stanford medical professor – Eric Strong managed to make the transition unbelievably fun. Over the course of two months, he built his son basically the most amazing bed known to mankind, complete with a slide, secret door, pulley system and bookshelves.


  1. The Piano Man

When it doubt, go for a lullaby. David Motola’s 5-month-old son couldn’t fall asleep because of an earache. So David took to the piano. His amazing rendition of “Brahms’ Lullaby” did the trick in no time.


  1. The Tissue Wave

Nathan Dailo of Sydney, Australia wowed the parenting world with a technique that got his 3-month old sleeping in less than 60 seconds. How did he do it? By simply waving a tissue over his son’s face.  


  1. The Oompa Loompa

This hack doesn’t involve a chocolate factory, but it does require channeling your inner Oompa Loompa. One dad found that his newborn daughter drifted off to dreamland in a matter of seconds if he rocked her and repeated the words “Oompa Loompa.”


In search of more genius sleep solutions? Check out how Nanit is revolutionizing the way babies get their zzz’s here.

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Diana Aydin
Diana Aydin

Diana is an editor and writer based in New York City, and she frequently writes about health, parenting and everything babies. She’s been a fan of sleep since the early 1980s.