Mum shares ‘genius’ hack to help babies sleep that she wished she knew before

A "genius" mother-of-four has shared a sleeping tip for babies that would have, she says, "saved me" had she known earlier.

Chrissy Horton, who goes by the name of @hortonlane on TikTok, regularly shares tips to help mums through pregnancy and motherhood.

In a recent video, the mum-of-four showed a mistake parents could be making when their little ones are snoozing.

"Please tell me I'm not the only parent who just discovered this about sleeping and newborns," she said in the video which quickly went viral.

In the clip she draws parallels between quiet sleep and active sleep. Talking to the camera whilst holding her new born she says: "I am on my fourth kid and I just learned this about sleeping and it would have saved me so much if I'd known about it earlier."

Cutting to a shot of her newborn writhing around in his cot, she adds: "This is active sleep. It's something babies do 50% of the time."

She continued: "I would hear my babies do this and just assume that they were frustrated and wanted to be picked up, so I would pick them up, but in actuality, I was waking them up."

Instead, she suggests to "give it a few seconds" and they'll settle themselves again.

Chrissy found out about the tip from another TikTok account, Taking Cara Babies, who explained that there are two different types of sleep for newborn babies – active and quiet.

During quiet sleep, a baby will be still and will not move around.

Whereas when a baby is experiencing active sleep, they may appear restless or fidgety.

Since being posted, the video has racked up more than 228,000 likes and almost 1,500 comments from other parents who were grateful for the tip.

One person said: "I’m not a mom yet, so I didn’t know this but I’m glad I do now for when I do end up having kids."

Another wrote: "I’m due [in] a few weeks and your tips have helped me prepare more than you know thank you."

A third commented: "You are a genius."

"So you’re telling me… that when I wake up at 1 am to them wiggling… it’s active sleep?" added someone else.

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