When my babe was a newborn and needed an evening nap, I often nursed her in a daze on the couch.
Eager for us both to catch a bit of sleep, I would nuzzle up and pray for her eyes to close.
To learn my soothing trick,
But, as many moms know, newborns have a sucking reflex that sometimes can't be satiated. And when they are brand spankin' new, you can't expect them to suck their itty bitty thumbs or keep a pacifier lodged. I quickly learned the magic of a clean and well manicured mama pinky finger.
When the going got tough, I slipped my smallest finger tip into my baby girl's mouth and watched her drift to sleep. It also gave me the opportunity to catch up on rest.
*Make sure your fingers are squeaky clean and nails are trimmed so you don't cut the baby's mouth.