Just the smell of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is relaxing to most people and it’s widely used in aromatherapy to calm the nervous system and promote restful sleep. Lavender bath products can be before bed or you can spritz a few drops of organic lavender essential oil on your child’s pillowcase. You can also involve your child in a fun craft project to make lavender dream pillows.
When using essential oils don’t apply them directly to the skin because they can be irritating or even cause chemical burns. Use extra caution when using essential oils around infants and children who have asthma.
2. Make A Sleep Routine
A routine can absolutely help your child be able to fall asleep easily each and every night. And when you always start this routine at the same time, their official bedtime stays the same from night to night as well.
Give your child a heads-up warning that bedtime is coming in 10 to 15 minutes, so they can finish up whatever they are doing.
Then start your routine with calming activities without screens or much noise
Make sure you offer a snack or a sip of water so they can feel fully comfortable once they get into bed. And make a bathroom stop mandatory
3. Ease Up on Caffeine
We love our coffee in Australia and we are a nation of caffeine fiends. It’s surprising how much caffeine we encounter in our daily lives. It is often the necessary crutch we cling to, brought about by our lack of sleep. However, it is also often the leading cause of sleep disorder.
Why not tally your daily consumption up? You may be shocked.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, ice cream, sweets, those mega sized lattes. It all adds up to a seriously high level of caffeine floating around our systems. Don’t go cold turkey on it, because you will get withdrawal symptoms in the form of headaches. Do make a gradual goal to cut back and be surprised at the difference.
Catnip is a mild soothing herb that is safe enough to be given to children. Catnip has long been used to settle digestive system disorders and will also help reduce fevers because it induces sweating. The leaves and flowering tops of catnip also provide relief from stomach spasms and coughing, and because it is so gentle, it’s a beneficial herb to have on hand for little ones fighting an illness.
5. Keep the Lights Off
Just like you cannot sleep in a brightly lit room, your baby cannot either. Bright lights can be very distracting for your infant. Keep the lights in your kid’s room on in the morning and during daytime naps, and don’t leave a light on at night. Keeping the lights off or dimmed at night will help your kid learn the difference between daytime and night. This will also help regulate your kid’s circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock. You can also use opaque shades to block outdoor light.