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Dad gets baby off to sleep in 40 seconds with wonderfully clever trick

Mirror logo Mirror 16/04/2017 Joshua Barrie

Babies, however tired they may be, aren't always able to drift off. Who knows why.

All you want is a glass of wine and a bit of Line and Duty , but you're stuck upstairs singing political incorrect nursery rhymes.

This dad has a great trick to share with you: tissue paper. Apparently, it really works. It does for him at least, so it's worth a try.

Dad Nathan Dailo filmed his three-month-old son Seth as he quietly lulled him to sleep in under a minute. 40 seconds, to be precise.

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Nathan, from Sydney, employs the simple use of tissue paper to help Seth get to sleep. In his video, which has been viewed more than 4.5 million times, you see Seth very much aware, active and lively.

But when Nathan starts gliding, gently, the tissue paper over his baby's face, Seth quickly falls asleep, happy and content. Dreamy. It takes 14 strokes in total.

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Pediatrician Dafna Adhoot, from Tarzana Pediatrics Medican Groups, told Yahoo Parenting that it’s the repetition of the motion that does it.

“It’s not the tissue that matters, it’s the motion,” she said. “You’re basically stimulating baby’s ability to self soothe, which calms him down and helps him go to sleep.”

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The tissue paper trick works in the same way as rocking your baby, or rhythmically running your fingers over their forehead, Dafna explained.

She added: “A recent study from a doctor in Israel found that 1 stroke massage every three seconds is the rhythm that most helps babies fall asleep."

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It could be that tissue paper is just an alteration of more common routines - and babies enjoy the change. But it doesn't work for older infants, according to Dafna.

“By four months, when sleep structure changes into a more adult rhythm of sleep, you want to help babies self soothe and not be dependent on methods that you have to provide,” she said.

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