It’s notoriously difficult to get babies to calm down when they’re upset.
Every parent I know has a full day of rejoicing the first time their baby stops crying and manages to sleep through the night. There are tons of guides that detail mistakes parents make now and how to correct them. Not communicating and not being consistent are some of the most common errors.
Back in the day, however, there were some techniques people used to settle their kids down that seem insane now. They may have worked, but in some cases, they were downright dangerous.
1. Unlatching car seats.
Letting babies free from their restraints for a few seconds (or minutes!) was thought to calm them down so they could settle in. Nowadays, we know it’s so, so risky!
2. Using bumper pads.
Bumper pads are meant to protect babies’ heads, but now the American Academy of Pediatrics says they could contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
3. Putting your baby on his or her stomach to sleep.
This position is perfect for learning how to crawl around. But when babies are sleeping? You’re just asking for trouble. Letting your little one sleep on their stomach can lead to suffocation and/or SIDS.