President Obama: Sleep Trainer-in-Chief!

iVillage Guest Editor Michelle Obama comes clean in our exclusive interview. She couldn't bear to sleep train Malia so her husband stepped in and got it done!

Is there anything worse than the sound of a screaming infant you are trying to sleep train? Just writing the sentence fills me with anxiety and brings me right back to those terrible days.

I'm sure you can relate. First Lady Michelle Obama can. She told me, in our exclusive interview, something that she apparently hasn't talked publicly about before.  She just couldn't bring herself to sleep train Malia so it was daddy to the rescue in her house.

"I'd shut the door, I'd put pillows over my head. And I'd just go to sleep," Mrs. Obama told me as she relaxed on her office couch and dished with me for more than an hour Monday. "I couldn't know what was going on because it would hurt too much."

Watch more of our exclusive interview with Michelle Obama here:


The next morning, Mrs. Obama would get the play-by-play from her husband. "He said it was hard, because the first night she cried for about an hour," the first lady told me. "And he walked in, and she looked at him, gave him this look of like, you're killing me. And he was like, I'm killing her. But, he said, he stuck with it."

Three nights later, she was sleep trained, and Mrs. Obama was one grateful wife. "He gets big props," said the first lady. "I couldn't have done it. I would have been the mother where Malia at 14 would still be sleeping with me. So sometimes I still do that. I'm like, Sasha, dad's not here -- come."

Oh, Mrs. Obama, I do the same thing with my youngest one!

Check back for tomorrow's video when the first lady reveals the favorite thing she loves to do with her gal pals!

Kelly Wallace is chief correspondent of iVillage. Follow her on Twitter (@kellywallacetv).

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