Latest Sleep Training Method Involves Fish?!


fish bowlYou made it through the first steps of sleep training with the Ferber method, the Weissbluth method, the "mom's advice" method, the "no method" method. You've transitioned kiddo to the big kid bed. You thought you were on the road back to sleep-filled nights.

You were wrong. She appeared at your bedside one night, staring at you. It was a scene straight out of Paranormal Activity. It creeped you out. You screamed. She screamed. Crying ensued (by both of you). She slept with you that night ... and now she's there every night.

How do you get kiddo to stay in her bed at night?

According to new ideas from a pair of parenting experts (how does one get that title, anyway?), you should buy her a fish. I'm not joking. I wish I were, but I'm not.

Cassandra Kempster-Roberts and Radhika Holmström, the parenting experts in question, suggest putting a lit fish tank in the room to keep your kid in bed.

A fish tank? With a light? Really? All that is going to do is keep her awake. Sure, she may drift off after hours of watching Nemo swim around, but that only leads to a sleepy, grumpy kiddo. Seriously, I know I'll find her asleep by the tank most nights, still not in her bed -- or hear a loud crash as she knocks the tank over trying to "share" her bink with Bubbles.

They had other fantastic (yes, that should be read with sarcasm, preferably the dripping kind) ideas such as swapping the monitor ends around, so kiddo can hear me in the other room ... and also the latest episode of The Bachelor or Joan Knows Best or hear her daddy scream at Syracuse for their lack of D? I think not.

Another winner: string up fairy lights, with the thought she’ll sleep better if fairies watch over her. Kiddo already has an active imagination. I know she'll stay up talking with them, bounce around her bed trying to fly with them. Again, not asleep. Again, crankypants the next day.

Their ideas weren't all bad -- they suggested one we already use, the "playing songs to lull her to sleep" trick. We use the soundtrack from March of the Penguins. Seems to work decently, and we've had successful nights as of late ... though she'll never be able to watch that movie without dozing off.

What do you use to keep your kid in bed?

Image via Dean MCoy Photography/Flickr

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sodapple sodapple

i actually leave the light on the hallway on until she falls asleep then it goes off wether or not she has fallen asleep when we go to sleep.

Pbutt... Pbuttercup0625

I kind of understand the fish tank think, but only if it has a pump.  The noise of the pump is monotone and very "white noise" like. Not sure about leaving the light on, since those tend to be bright, but the sound of the pump may help...I have a fish tank in my room, and I love the sound of the pump and water moving around and I do sleep very well with it.

Lynette Lynette

I can just see it now....

   But mom I wanted to give the fish a hug, or I wanted to go fishing, or fish needed a teddy bear to sleep with, I wanted to swim w/ the fish.  LOL!  cute idea but not to safe, lol

Ashly... Ashlynnsmommy07

studies have shown that fish tanks are relaxing (which is why some Drs have them in their offices). If I were to put one in my child's room, it would be up where she couldn't reach it and wouldn't be able to climb to get it.

tazdvl tazdvl

Don't have a problem keeping them in bed.

Johariz Johariz

I've had a fishtank in my lo's room since she was 4 months old. While she does enjoy looking at the tank, it doesn't help with her sleeping at all.

Peajewel Peajewel

When my son was little he had a fish tank and I went to check on him one day when he was napping and he had all the fish lined up on his night stand, most were dead and some were still moving but not much.  He wanted to play with them and he wanted them to sleep closer to him. 

Paappa Paappa

The post and the comments have made my day.  Very uplifting and now I can face anything.

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

We don't really use anything to keep our son in his bed.  He co-slept with us until a little before his 3rd birthday.  We told him it was time to sleep in his own bedroom and he's been fine with it.(It's been about 2 months now)  He'll usually come in and sleep with me (which I'm fine with) around 5:30 in the morning when my husband leaves for PT.  We haven't needed to employ any tricks or sleep training (barf) methods.

RanaA... RanaAurora

Never been an issue, really.

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