8 Natural Sleep Remedies For Babies
Little Yawn Collective - Nov 01, 2021
As parents, one of our biggest hurdles is getting our little ones to sleep! The early days may be filled with sleepless nights, and as your little one grows older, the next hurdle may be falling asleep easily and staying asleep.
Here are eight natural sleep remedies that can help your child get to sleep, stay asleep, and give you peace of mind.
1. Consistent Schedule
One of the best natural sleep remedies is a consistent sleep schedule. Your child learns this routine and associates it with sleepy time. Making this an enjoyable routine can help you and your child look forward to this time of day as you bond and end the day together.
An enjoyable routine filled with love and care gives your little buddy a comforting presence as they drift off to sleep. Keeping a consistent routine also reduces the number of night wakings and time spent awake.
When making a routine, simpler is often preferable to a complicated routine you may not want to go through after a long day! A pleasant nighttime routine may resemble this:
- Bathtime with Soothing Shampoo & Body Wash with Calendula
- Dress in cozy pajamas & drink water or milk with Probiotic Chamomile Sleep Drops
- Brush teeth and snuggle into bed
- Read a bedtime story and goodnight hugs
It can be challenging to keep to your regular schedule on some days, or maybe your child isn’t quite responding to the usual nighttime routine. Here are some additional remedies that may be helpful as you ready your little one for a restful night of sweet dreams.
2. Sleepytime Scents
Smell has been found to directly affect sleep, and our products contain proven aromas that can have the ability to relax the brain and help little ones unwind.
Utilizing certain scents such as lavender, sandalwood, cedarwood, bergamot, and jasmine have been found to help encourage sleep straight throughout the night.
You can set a sleepy mood with the Relaxing Pillow & Linen Spray to create a restful environment. Our NaturalSnooze fragrance is expertly crafted with scents that help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep.
Lightly spritz onto your child’s sheets or in their room before bedtime to create a cozy atmosphere. Smell your way into dreamland!
3. Relaxing Environment
A cozy, dim-lighted room helps foster a comfortable atmosphere and happier bedtime. It may help to incorporate creating this environment as part of the bedtime routine.
One last game of “Who can clean up the toys the fastest?” can be the starting point of your bedtime routine as your little buddy gets older and can help put toys away.
A place where your child feels comfortable and safe is also a plus when they have an active role in creating it. Remember to incorporate aromatherapy to create the link between smell and your bedtime routine. We all love a smell-good, feel-good place!
4. Play Hard, Sleep Hard
Let’s go outside and play! Even if you just take your baby outside for a walk in their stroller, getting out of the house and outdoors is a great way to spend time together.
Once those first steps are taken, go explore in the yard or park. We all say we would like an ounce of our child’s energy (please can we figure out a way to make this happen?), let’s allow them the chance to use that energy in a positive way!
A worn-out toddler will look forward to their bedtime routine where they can talk about all the fun they had with you, a sweet way to end the day.
5. White Noise Machines
For many, it can be challenging to fall asleep in a completely silent room. The gentle sound of a fan or a rainstorm can help lull you into a cozy sleep. White noise can be soothing to babies who are experiencing difficulties in falling asleep.
There are even settings that mimic a mother’s heartbeat in the womb. What a throwback for your little one!
This remedy may be best used as a secret weapon on a tough night when your little one just cannot catch the ZZZ’s. The rule of thumb is to keep the volume low and turn off the machine after your baby is finally sound asleep.
A massage promotes relaxation, and is used consistently over time, can help your baby stay asleep longer. Positive touch is comforting to your child and helps reduce stress, as well as increase bonding time. Also, it’s a great excuse to get your hands on your baby’s cute feet and chubby tummies!
Using our Nourishing Body Lotion with Oat & Shea Butter helps soothe your little one’s skin. Massage their little legs, which may be sore from first steps, and neck as they work those muscles to keep their heads up!
Aim to massage their tummies in a circular motion, which can help soothe upset stomachs.
Our melatonin-free Calming Probiotic & Organic Chamomile Sleep Drops also help ease any tummy troubles that may be keeping your little one awake.
7. Comfort Objects
A blanket, teddy bear, or their favorite toy can be a source of comfort for your child after you have left the room for the night. Comfort objects are beneficial as a self-soothing tool, especially if your child were to wake up in the middle of the night.
You might introduce this lovable friend as a baby, but be sure to only allow them to be in your child’s bed once they are older, around their first birthday. We do not want to have any soft materials in a baby's crib or bassinet when our baby is an infant as this can become a safety hazard. Equally as important, make sure that this stuffed friend does not have small pieces that could be put into your child’s mouth, like button eyes or sewed on noses.
Many children hold on to these objects as they grow up, with young adults fondly sharing their well-loved teddies, rabbits, lambs, or remnants of a security blanket from long ago.
8. Limiting Screen Time
Limiting screen usage one to two hours before bedtime can help your child fall asleep more easily. When children use electronics, the bright light can reduce the natural production of sleep hormones that the body produces naturally, melatonin and serotonin.
Instead of watching TV or playing games before bed, reading a book can make bedtime more enjoyable as this can be a bonding activity with you and your child.
Many parents use the general rule of ‘no electronics after dinner to ensure that enough time is allowed for any effects of a bright screen to no longer interfere with sleep.
Sleep is essential, especially for your little one, who needs plenty of rest to play, learn, and grow. Just as important, you need sleep to take care of your little one!
Here at Little Yawn Collective, we make sleep a little easier by creating products to incorporate into your bedtime routine made with safe, proven ingredients. As we support parents with proven sleep solutions formulated for children, parents can rest easy too!
We’ll be off to a great snooze in no time!