The 5 Sleep Secrets to Help Your Child Sleep – Naturally!
There was no greater time of exhaustion in my life than when I had children who didn’t sleep. As a mum of kids who battled with multiple sleep issues this was one of the most challenging times of parenthood and marriage that I had ever experienced!
I felt frazzled, teary and overwhelmed most of the time in those early months. Those precious zzzz’s were like gold. Are you in the same boat? It does get better!
Here are 5 things that can make a big difference.
Spend time with your child at bedtime
Many young children experience anxiety when they are separated from their parents and also experience night-time fears.
A great way to help kids suffering from anxiety is to sit with them at night, talk about any worries they have, comfort them and be there for them before sleep. Even 5 minutes can make a big difference. Gentle physical touch, such as a foot massage can also help as it relaxes the nervous system.
Routine, routine, routine.
Kids love it, they thrive on it, and it works. One study found that a consistent night-time routine improved sleep in children who had mild to moderate sleep problems. It helps your child learn to be sleepy.
There is no single routine that’s right for everyone, but in general, stick to the same bedtime every night and be firm about sleep time when it’s time to sleep. If you’re child goes to bed at 7.30pm, make sure you leave enough time for rituals before bed.
Connect with a Bedtime Ritual
Having a calm environment where there is harmony in the house can go a long way to helping a child sleep well. We suggest introducing a calming bedtime ritual, such as reciting a mantra together, focusing on gratitude using a sleep balm and reading.
Make Sleep a Priority
When parents understand the necessity for a good night’s sleep, then it becomes a family priority. With that comes the understanding that at 7:15pm, no matter what else is going on, the ritual begins.
Make sure you turn off any tv or computers you have at least 60 minutes before bed to allow your child to adjust from blue light exposure. Try to avoid negotiating with your child at bedtime and do not enter into a battle if they protest. Calmly remind them of the new rules and continue. Remember, this is what they need.
Make sure the bedroom is dark and quiet and the noise level in the house is low. If your child does not like a totally dark room, turn on a small night light, or leave the hall light on and the door to the bedroom open. Once the environment in the bedroom is consistent most nights, it will also become a signal for sleep.
Don’t forget Magnesium!
At 123 Nourish Me we look at getting the basics right. Our bodies and minds are interconnected, and we believe in nourishing our little people physically and emotionally.
We have also done the hard work with developing the essential products for families with honest, clean and organic ingredients. One of our most talked about products is our beautiful Sleepy Head Balm, which aids in relaxation for a good night’s sleep. Parents worldwide are now using the balm as part of their sleep routine… and for good reason. The combination of magnesium, organic essential oils and homeopathic remedies has their little ones calming right down a good night’s sleep.
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Founders Alisa & Danni created 123 Nourish Me with the aim in mind, to reduce the toxic load on kids. Alisa has 9 year old twins and is known as the ‘Ingredient Detective’ with a keen interest anything health and wellness, while Danni is a Family therapist with 3 children. Her focus is on nurturing confident, kind and connected kids. Between them their aim is to help families live happier, healthier lives.
We care about making our products safe and healthy for families – and our planet. That’s why we use no extra packaging, minimise plastics where possible, package in glass if practical and no parabens or phthalates. We also never test our products on animals.
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