Help toddler sleep is hard to come by, at least in my house. My toddler is not a good sleeper. It's been an issue since he was born.
I swear, he didn't sleep more than 20 minutes at a time that first few months. Things are better now that he’s grown, but our nights are still filled with constant waking and night terrors.
My little one just hates going to sleep.
There are things we do to help him. I try to make sure he gets a good nap so he's not overly tired. We try to stick to a bedtime routine, which helps him wind down.
A good dinner, a bath, kisses for everyone, a short book and then sleep. I lay with him until he falls asleep. Usually an hour or so. It's our reconnect time.
One of the most helpful things we've tried is bedtime tea. Sometime while he eats dinner, I'll brew a “bedtime tea.”
This is a simple recipe that works wonders at bedtime. It's also a nutritious drink I don't feel guilty giving him.
The coolest part is, he actually likes it. Well, he didn't at first, but I kept offering it every night and by the third night, he drank it all up. Now he even requests it.
How to Help Your Toddler Sleep
Three Needs Tea Recipe:
- Chamomile: Has a calming and sedative effect, and (as described by the Herbal Academy) is great for children who display stress with tummy aches
- Catnip: A nervine, helps relieve insomnia and hyperactivity
- Lemon balm: Uplifts the spirit, and helps relieve anxiety and stress
It's the only one I trust for herbal teas. It's all organic and the tea bags themselves aren't contaminated like the other popular brands.
Simply mix equal parts of the three herbs and you have your kid-friendly bedtime tea blend. I use a teaspoon in a teacup and transfer it to a sippy cup once it's cooled enough.
He hated it at first, even with a spoonful of raw honey. I kept offering it at night, and after 3 or 4 nights he started drinking the whole cup. Now he gets excited when I offer him his tea.
You can find these herbs online. I buy my herbs here at the bulk herb store. They are all organic and the quality is always great.