“I’ve had 8 babies and here’s how I got them to sleep …”

I’ve had 8 babies and I know how to get them to sleep. “So, what are you going to tell me? ” “What do you want to know about sleeping? ” “How can I get my baby to sleep through the night without waking up every 2 hours for a feeding?” These are all questions that I hear often. The answer is simple: find out what works best for your baby and stick with it!

Australia’s quintuplet mum Kim Tucci is actually a mother of eight. In her new book I’ve had 8 babies and if there’s one thing I’ve learned…  she shares over one hundred parenting tips, including some brilliant advice on getting kids to sleep and helping them stay in bed.

Don’t creep around

Allow normal household noises at nap times. Whatever you do, don’t creep around the house while your baby sleeps because you’re afraid to wake them. Every little creak, whisper, and door knock will wake a baby that has only learned to fall asleep when there is total silence.

Make normal household noise at nap times and do it from the moment you bring bub home. It will help them become accustomed to the level of noise that will continue for several hours after they have been put to bed.

Help pillows stay put

When the quins started using pillows at 18 months, every morning I would go into their rooms to find they had thrown all their pillows on the floor.

I quickly got fed up with picking up five pillows after every sleep, so I decided to put the pillows under the sheet; this way they would stay in one spot and couldn’t be moved or thrown out of the cot.

Sleeping bag sorted

If you are putting your child into a sleeping bag only to find it has been taken off at some point during the night (an exciting trick that can lead to extended wakefulness and another mischief), try putting the sleeping bag on backward! That way, they can’t reach the zipper (and don’t worry, this is still comfortable for them).

Tucci kids

Speedy sheet changes

Tips for quick sheet changes: I don’t think any parent can be prepared for their first night-time chunder or poo explosion! One way to save yourself some time is to fold an old baby wrap or swaddle in half and place it over the top third of the mattress (securely tucking it in).

The quintuplets would lay their heads over the old swaddles, which meant I only had to change the swaddle rather than a set of sheets each time one of the babies was sick – which was regularly, seeing as four of my quintuplets had reflux!

Doubling up on mattress protectors and sheets means you can quickly remove a soiled top layer without the drama of changing cots and bedsheets in the middle of the night. This is another reason to be open to using preloved sheets and mattress protectors.

Stop toddler bedtime tumbles

If you are worried about your toddler rolling out of a single bed, position a pool noodle along the edge of the bed under the fitted sheet to create a makeshift bed rail.

To keep nightmares at bay …

Make a monster spray! As their imaginations develop, it’s common for toddlers and young children to become fearful of what lurks in the dark.

When we moved house, Kurt was afraid of his new room. I bought a spray bottle and popped a funky-looking homemade label on it that read ‘Monster Spray. Trust me when I say that this works!

Fill the bottle up with water, add a few drops of lavender oil and spray the room just before bed; don’t forget to spray under the bed and in the cupboard!


“I’ve had eight babies and here is how I got them to sleep … ”Australia’s quintuplet mum Kim Tucci shares over one hundred parenting tips in her new book ‘I’ve had eight babies and if there is one thing I have learned… ’ including brilliant advice on getting kids to sleep.

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