Here’s a very handy trick to add to your baby settling repertoire, and while it may mean a higher water bill – what price can you put on your sanity?!

Postpartum Doula Katherine Powers shared the simple trick on TikTok, and frazzled parents everywhere have praised the easy tip to get unsettled babies to calm down.

Katherine simply takes her crying baby over to the sink and turns on the tap. She puts the baby’s ear close (but not in) the water and almost immediately he settles and calms down completely.

@safeharbordoulacare Our water bill’s gonna be high this month #newborn #fussybabyhack #parenthood #momlife ♬ original sound – Katherine Powers

She explains that at the moment, it’s the only thing that stops her baby fussing, but of course she says their water bill is going to be high this month! Katherine explained in the comments that she does have a sound machine, but they’re finding this trick is working better.

Other mums had some great tips, including recording the sound of the tap running to play back when bub is unsettled or downloading other water-related sounds.

Do you have a handy tip like this that works for settling your little one? Make sure you share with us in the comments below!

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  • White noise didn’t work on our kids.


  • We had a white noise machine. My youngest really liked the thunderstorm setting and would settle with that :)


  • A white noise machine is great for this reason


  • I only wish I knew this when my kids were babies!


  • Wish I knew this when my kids were little


  • Love the idea, reading lots of comments I might record the sound or look for one already don
    Our car the new Kia Carnival has ‘Sounds of nature’ which includes waves and rainy day, great in the car


  • Wow, so can she record that noise and keep it near the child’s cot/bed? My son was used to white noise. We used to keep doors open so that he could still hear the house hold.


  • My kids all loved music and all had their favourites they would settle to, From Il divo to the Foo fighters.


  • WATER is amazing for all my children!


  • My son never slept well but he was so relaxed in the bath the pool and listening to running water it was a godsend.


  • This would of worked really well for my daughter, I don’t know how many times we would end up in the shower together because she just wouldn’t settle


  • Now I just have to remember this when I’m frazzled. Worth a try.


  • I wish I knew about it when my son was a baby.


  • I don’t like the idea of wasting water. But if you are filling a pot or something then not so bad. I do like other mums ideas of recording the sound, however.


  • Think I would record this tap running noise and see if it works just as well to save on wasting water. Great tip. Thanks for sharing.


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