Few things are as satisfying as watching your baby drift off to sleep at the end of a long day. Sure, they’ll probably be awake soon, but for a few blissful hours, the time is yours. That is, unless your baby falls asleep in your arms. Transitioning a sleeping baby to their crib feels like defusing a bomb, with one false move blowing your desperately-needed respite to smithereens.
A mom named Jordan Gilliam recently showed the world just how much her husband rocks, particularly when it comes to keeping their baby asleep. The couple has an electric bassinet for their little one, a device that moves gently and rhythmically to soothe tired babies. But when the Gilliams’s baby fell asleep in her dad’s arms, well, dad had to improvise.
“The things you do to keep the baby asleep,” the on-screen text reads.
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At first, the scene looks fairly ordinary. Dad holds his peacefully sleeping baby, rocking her softly, albeit strangely. Before long, we realize there’s a method to this talented dad’s madness – his unconventional baby-rocking technique isn’t an accident.
Several feet away from the laser-focused dad is the all-important electric rocker, the trusty baby haven that helps new parents rest their arms for a few beautiful minutes. With each step towards the bassinet, the hero of the hour moves at precisely the same rate. We hold our collective breaths as the moment of truth arrives.
“A very particular set of skills” has never rung more true as this impressive dad slowly lowers his baby into her bassinet, mirroring the machine’s slow circles without missing a beat. He places the still-sleeping baby into her rocker, and for a split second, we fear the jig is up.
The baby moves in a way that often precedes an ear-splitting scream, but incredibly, she settles back in to finish out her nap. A risky move, to be sure – but the absolute madman freaking did it. What a legend.