Parenting Hack: The Bean Method


When you become a parent you come to realize that you will do just about anything to get your child to fall asleep and stay asleep. It’s almost comical the lengths that parents will go to for a few extra minutes of shut eye. Let it be swaying or rocking or driving their kid around, we’re willing to try anything.

My oldest son has never been a great sleeper. At around five months I just came to accept that sleeping was never really going to be on his agenda and we’d have to work with it. We tried all sorts of swaddles and sleep suits and sound machines and routine habits and he was still up and down with his sleep. Now, at three and a half, he’s not the best sleeper, but he’s definitely not the worst anymore. And somehow it just happened.

Now, with my four (almost five) month old son, we’ve started to hit some of the sleep issues. And I’m not surprised. Frankly, I’m almost ready to not sleep again.

However, that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to try new things to keep him asleep.

IMG_5916Enter: BEANS.

Yes, beans.

Sometimes when I try to put my son down while he’s already asleep, he squirms and cries. When I place my hand on him, he calms down. The same thing occasionally happens in the middle of the night, he’ll wiggle and move and start to wake up, but by putting my hand on him I can get him to go back to sleep.

Now, that’s just not practical all the time.

So when I was perusing Instagram stories and saw a picture of my friend’s baby with a bag of beans on her, I was inspired. Beans aren’t too heavy, they’re somewhat similar to a warm hand, and they aren’t too noisy.

Naturally, I put beans on my baby.

And I haven’t really stopped since.

I’m not one hundred percent sure that it’s helping him, but I have definitely seen him calm down the minute I put beans on him. And if it can help keep him asleep just a little bit longer, then count me in!