My mom – she knows so many ways to soothe a fussy baby. Why not, she had six during her time. To make her kids sleep better, my mother made a hammock for us to sleep in during the day. Me and my 5 younger siblings all had the pleasure of the ‘duyan’ – a makeshift hammock made out of cloth and rope, a very popular (and powerful!) baby soother in the Philippines.
Back at home, it was easy to make a duyan – just nail on the wall and tie. Here in Dubai, we have concrete walls and because this is not our own but just rented the place, we can’t just drill through walls. However, my mom was bent on making a duyan for baby Ben to sleep in…and found that my cousin’s double deck is perfect for it.
Wrapped in motherly love with the duyan:
Baby Ben surely slept better and longer! What a pleasure. My mom is so awesome. I wish I am even half the good mom that she is. The duyan was really nice but one pitfall is that it’s difficult to put the baby on it and take him out because of the upper ‘ceiling’ (the upper bed of the double decked bed) and we can’t use it when my cousin is home during weekends.
I stumbled upon someone selling an electronic swing, the Graco Sweetpeace (one thing in my baby wish list) at 1/3 of the original price! The swing is new as the owner received two for their baby shower. I can’t believe my luck!
The more modern ‘duyan’:
Baby Ben LOVES the Sweetpeace swing! Right now since he’s just getting used to it, we can’t put him on it unless he is already asleep (or really very sleepy as in the video) so this swing is not for putting him to sleep but to prolong his sleep. It plays music, his favorite being the womb sound!
He is sleeping better and less fussy, thanks to this swing – making me able to have some little blog time!
Do you have an infant? How do you soothe him to sleep? What do you do to make him/her sleep longer?