Does you child wake up in the middle of the night or constantly fights going to bed? Try these 5 Tips For Helping Children Fall Asleep Faster And Sleep Better. It really works for us.
I have two children ages 6 and 1. My 6 year old son started sleeping through the night at around 2 years of age. My 1 year old sleeps through the night since she was 3 months old (and was exclusively breastfed at the time).
Yes, kids are different just like adults. My husband wakes up happily at 6:00am but I really have a hard time early in the mornings. I need at least 8 good hours of sleep a day to feel good and energized the following day.
We are all different and some children definitely need a little help. This is why I am sharing these 5 Tips For Helping Children Fall Asleep Faster And Sleep Better.
My son was never a good sleeper as a baby or toddler. Now he finally goes to bed at around 8:30pm to 9:00pm and wakes up at 7:00am. I had to fight for MONTHS to get him to go to bed that early.
The trick? Creating an environment that allows sleep really helps. After a lot of research I found many natural ways and tips to help him sleep better. Changing his routine and making some adjustments really made a difference.
Kids need to sleep well for their optimal health and development. This is why I am sharing my top 5 Tips For Helping Children Fall Asleep Faster And Sleep Better with you. I hope that I can help you if you are having trouble putting your kids to bed or keeping them asleep at night.
5 Tips For Helping Children Fall Asleep Faster And Sleep Better
Magnesium is such a wonderful mineral that not only strengthens the immune system, but also has calming effects. You can give your kids a magnesium supplement like Natural Vitality Kids Natural Calm (good for kids 4 years and older), or a bath (good for all ages). Magnesium is a miracle mineral. My kids definitely sleep better when they take an Epsom Salts bath. Want more information? Check out my Detox Bath For Kids post.
Cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle. Researchers believe it’s the combination of melatonin and the anthocyanins in tart cherries that might help you sleep better at night.
Making delicious smoothies is a great way to incorporate cherries in your kid’s diet, increase their level of melatonin, and help them sleep better at night.
3. No Food After Dinner
You know how your kids ask you for a snack right before bedtime? My son used to ask me for snacks before bedtime all the time. The problem is most snacks contain sugar and it wasn’t helping him fall asleep. Now we have dinner at around 6:00pm and I make sure he eats a full meal so he won’t be hungry and ask for a snack or milk before bedtime. I can see the different and how easily he falls asleep now.
4. No Electronics Before Bed
This was a tough one to implement because my son loves watching tv and playing with the computer or iPad. We had to limit the use of electronics at home and we saw a huge improvement in his quality of sleep and overall behavior. I now let him watch tv before dinner for about 30 mins to 1 hour or use the iPad or computer. 1 hour a day and that is it. No tv, and no electronics before bedtime. This is very important because if he is playing with the iPad he simply cannot fall asleep easily and has such a hard time.
If you want to learn more, please see The iPad Is A Far Bigger Threat To Our Children Than Anyone Realizes.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils are soothing, relaxing, and can put you in the mood for going to bed very easily. I love my essential oils and use them everyday. They are also a great natural way to make your home smell wonderful without toxic chemicals. A few drops of Lavender essential oil in my diffuser before bedtime is just wonderful. I really think it relaxes my kids and makes them fall asleep easily. Lavender is part of our bedtime routine while reading a book before bed.
Want to learn more about essential oils, what are they good for, and which ones are safe for kids? Check it out HERE.
This information should not replace professional advice by a qualified medical or herbal practitioner.
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