Abigail Rivera Garcia is a new mom and like most parents in the newborn stage, she is lacking good quality sleep. Small babies can be really hard to put to sleep and to keep them asleep!
That is why Garcia was overjoyed when she saw a newborn sleeping "hack" online. "Saw this and it’s the BEST THING I’VE DONE YET!" sais the mom on Facebook. "She forever wants to be held and now I get my break ... Let me tell you it works."
As you can see on the picture below, Abigail filed a glove with rice and placed it on her baby's back. That way, baby still feels like her mom is still there and Abigail can also get some rest.
The mom has in fact been having a hard time. She told Cafe Mom that Anayah, her baby girl, was born early and is very cranky due to bad reflux and colics. It got to the point where I couldn’t put her down for more than 10 minutes without her crying," she said.
"The moment I laid her down and placed the glove on her back, she stopped crying and that was such a relief!" said the tired mom.
However, after sharing the hack on Facebook her post went viral! It quickly reached 75,000 shares and 16,000 comments, mainly of people debating. On on hand, many people are advising against it, mainly because of SIDS. It is preferable that babies always sleep on their back.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise parents to follow safe sleep practices such as having baby sleep on their back and by keeping the crib empty. It is believed that most deaths due to SIDS happen when baby is asleep.
Some also believe that the glove is a choking hazard and are worried the baby might roll and start sucking on the glove.
On the other hand, some parents are agreeing with Abigail and believe this hack is genius! For some parents, this is the only thing that works and made their baby sleep. To which Abigail replied:
"Of course everyone has their own opinions on it -- some like it and some don’t -- but every mother knows their child," she said. "My daughter loves it and is doing fine. I posted it because I know how hard it is to not have a break due to kids, and if I can help a mom out, I definitely will."
What do you think? Do you believe this hack is safe? What tips do you have for new parents?
Source: Cafe Mom · Photo Credit: Facebook - Abigail Rivera Garcia