There’s nothing sweeter than the dulcet sounds of your baby soothing herself back to sleep. Unfortunately, relying on that pacifier to stay in place is like rolling the dice in a Vegas casino, where the odds are definitely not in your favor. Thankfully, one mom shared a pretty genius hack to give any parent a welcome helping hand at bedtime.

Seriously, how did we not think of this genius parenting hack sooner?!

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As POPSUGAR reports, mom Laura Gerson shared her pacifier hack to U.K. Facebook group The Motherload and it has blown up across the internet from there. So what’s the trick? Rather than putting her 11-month-old to bed with just a single pacifier, she puts her down surrounded by 10 pacifiers, all within arm’s reach. When her daughter starts to stir and reach out, she’s sure to hit upon at least one of those pacifiers to help her soothe back to sleep.

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So does the trick actually work? Gerson says her daughter sleeps anywhere from 12 to 13 hours at night, so we’ll take that as a resounding yes. Gerson wrote in her Motherload post, “Since my little one was about three months old she’s gone to bed with roughly 10 dummies in with her. Found that when she cried of a night all she wanted was a dummy then she’d go back off. Realised [sic] that if she had one to hand then she would just find it of a night, trial and error with her losing a few down the side but 99% of the time she feels around, finds a dummy, sticks it in and she’s sorted! Haven’t had to go into her of a night for about 8 months now… WINNING!!”

Thousands liked her post and some responded that they had success when they tried it, too. This definitely qualifies as one of those parenting hacks so simple and yet so brilliant, we wished we’d thought of it first!

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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