How to put the baby to sleep at night?
For some parents, it’s as simple as a bath, bottle, and bed, but for others, complaining and crying for attention can stretch into the early hours.
Everyone has their own technique for getting their child to close their eyes well enough, and there is no wrong way, but people can judge very quickly.
A mother of one, Scarlett was forced to fend for herself after her bedtime routine was scheduled by trolls.
Struggling with sleep deprivation, Scarlett decided to try a hands-off approach.
This means she won’t hold, rock or stroke baby Amalie.
She captioned her TikTok clip.
“Last time it worked and after 3 days I was waking up only twice a night instead of every 45 minutes to 2 hours.
“I love taking naps and cuddling her to sleep, but it also means she eats a lot and is exhausted.
The video shows Scarlett standing over her daughter’s cot and putting Amalie to sleep.
The text says:
Scarlett prepares the nursery, feeds the baby, and pulls down the blackout blinds.
At 10:25 PM, Amalie wakes up.
“She sleeps only on her stomach. My plan was to pet her for a minute and then leave.”
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Sadly, Amalie wasn’t feeling anything, so Scarlett came back, picked her up and tried to sing to calm her down.
The clip shows Amalie trying to grab her mother for attention, but Scarlett continues to sing without contact.
Scarlett picks her up one last time, rocks her for a minute, and finally the baby falls asleep.
The determined mother claims her technique works well, and while others support her methods and praise her, the trolls have a different opinion.
“I don’t understand pushing this independence onto a baby.”
“There is nothing more important than spending time with your baby,” said another.
“Why do you think it works?” asked a third person.
“Isn’t the point in hugging them? I can’t imagine doing this,” replied the fourth.
Angered by the comment, Scarlett decides to shoot another video in response.
“First, I don’t have to justify myself to anyone because she knows she’s my daughter and I’m a good mother,” she says.
“All I’m trying to do is teach her a new way of sleeping that isn’t in my arms.
“I can’t take it physically anymore. Picking her up at least 10 times a night is mentally and physically exhausting.
“I’m not saying never put her to bed again. What I’m trying to do is break that cycle. She’s exhausted, and so am I.”