It’s a miracle! MY KID SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT! To all my fellow sleep deprived parents – I am not here to boast, believe me. After 5 1/2 years of failed attempts, about a zillion tears (and I’m not just talking about Little Mama‘s) I am here to tell you…
There. Is. Hope.
It’s been half a decade of sleep struggle for our always exhausted Little Mama, not to mention, our entire family. Cut to 2016. Kindergarten happens. And like everything else, night time habits do a complete 180.
But it’s not just the start of kindergarten that brought this wonderful turn of events for Little Mama and her exceptionally exhausted parents. It’s 5 very specific things…
Here are 5Fave way to help my child stay asleep for the entire night:
1:: HOW WE HELP MY CHILD STAY ASLEEP – Essential Oils
I have always been supportive of essential oils. For myself.
But for Little Mama? Never even crossed my mind. That is, until I tried the Slumber & Sleep Essential Oil Roll-On for Baby and Toddler. With the concentrated blend of 100% essential oils diluted with one of my favorites, Jojoba oil (among others), it is a soft blend perfect for an otherwise rambunctious-at-bedtime 5 year old. It literally took effect as soon as her head hit the pillow and the lights were turned off. Once we rolled on the Oilogic® Essential Oil on the back of her neck, wrist, and bottom of her tootsies, the relaxing vapors of the perfect blend of essential oils transformed my child from the sleep foe, to the sleep pro.
2:: HOW WE HELP MY CHILD STAY ASLEEP – Quiet Play, and a Good Book, in her Own Space
It’s no big secret that Little Mama is the biggest fan of story time. She’s had a beautiful love affair with books since the day she was born. We never understood what it was that she loved so much about books, especially since she’s been an avid fan well before she could actually say the word, “book”. As much as she loves the sound of the words being read aloud to her as she falls into a relaxed state, it’s more the idea of a predictable treat at the end of a long day.
For the last 5 1/2 years, however, my little bookworm seems to love books so much that it doesn’t always get her in a sleepy state. Sometimes it creates the opposite, more UNideal situation. So we recently made it more of an entire evening of zen play as bedtime approaches. As she digests her dinner, she slips into one of her covered play tents, plays quietly with her dolls, and reads a book. The Pacific Play Tents Cotton Canvas TeePee is the perfect escape as she immerses herself into the fictional world that is her book.
3:: HOW WE HELP MY CHILD STAY ASLEEP – Clean Air
Living in the west coast, we have been spoiled with the purest of air. When we made our way to New York City and Ontario this past summer, we all found that our breathing was dramatically affected as a result of the poor quality air. The Oreck Air Refresh 2-in-1 Hepa Air Purifier & Ultrasonic Humidifier gets rid of 99% of pollutants while leaving the air moist to fight off our never-ending dry coughs. We love how the HEPA and odor filtration system keep the air clean, which means less overnight coughing and more sound sleeping. Even better, it’s so quiet you barely notice it’s even in the room. Win win for all!
4::HOW WE HELP MY CHILD STAY ASLEEP – Set the Mood
We tried the pitch black room for years. Sure it worked to get her to sleep, but once she would wake up in the middle of the night, it would leave Little Mama feeling even more resistant to staying asleep in her own bed. This very stylish, yet practical Boon Glo Nightlight with Portable Balls serves its purpose by keeping the sleepy monkey company while providing an atmosphere that is soothing and relaxing. If she ever has the need to wake up in the middle of the night, she’ll have fallen asleep in the same environment (This multi-coloured night light with portable illuminated glow balls, create an ambience that works beautifully for Little Mama to fall asleep, and stay asleep). We especially love that the portable balls are not electronic and are safe to the touch.
5:: HOW WE HELP MY CHILD STAY ASLEEP – White Noise
Yes, I know – she’s no longer a baby. So why do I still put on white noise? I believe the drone of the white noise gives her (and quite frankly, all of us) the comfort of being exactly where we’re supposed to be. But more than just the soothing repetition of a patterned sound, it keeps the noises from other parts of the house, at bay. Especially when we’re yelling at the tv during the presidential debates on CNN.
We travel a ton every season, so a compact and portable Homedics SoundSpa Sound Machine is the perfect home away from home. We especially love the timer feature so we’re not stuck with a big electricity bill.
Because everyone needs their beauty sleep,
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