7 brilliant bedtime strategies to help your little one go to sleep easier

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Some children find it harder to get to sleep than others – they might have an overactive imagination, anxiety, a ton of energy or just can’t get in the right zone and could use a bit of help.

But there are some simple things you can do to help them slip off to Snoozeville. Here are seven different things you can try to help your child drift off  without a hitch:

1. Bananas and milk

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant that helps promote sleep and bananas are full of it! They also contain melatonin and serotonin, two other natural elements that help you to fall asleep quickly, so it makes the perfect snack before bedtime.

Dairy, especially milk, is another good one, as it’s packed with trypotophan which is the amino acid responsible for making us feel drowsy after eating a big meal. If you whip up a banana milkshake (hold the ice cream!) an hour before bed, you can go for a double hit of sleepy magic.

2. A calming bath

A nice warm bath is a great activity to help kids relax before bedtime, however there are ways to boost its calming properties even more.

Sprinkle some Elektra Magnesium Mineral Salt Flakes or Epsom salts (which also contain magnesium) into the water , along with some lavender oil. 

NB: Follow the directions on the product packaging for best snoozy results.

3. Meditation stories

Instead of your normal bedtime stories, why not swap the last one for a children’s meditation book instead?

Meditation is a great way to help kids feel safe, secure, relaxed and can lull them into a deep sleep. Guided meditation via an interactive story is super easy and fun.

Maureen Garth has a series of great meditation story books with titles such as Moonbeam, Starbright and Earthlight. Other books to try are Sleepy Magic by Danielle Wright or Nightlights by Anne Civardi, but there are also lots of other titles out there.

4. Magnesium massage

Okay so it’s magic magnesium again! If bath salts or bananas aren’t your thing you can tap into the sleepy power of magnesium in other ways.

Give your little one a foot or leg massage in bed using a cream such as Elektra Magnesium Cream, or use oils and sprays. You can even buy magnesium wipes which are great for using on babies’ feet! 

Massage feels great and is a lovely way to bond with your child, as well.

Older child asleep in bed with teddy bear

5. Essential oils

There are a number of different essential oils which are great for helping calm and soothe children at bedtime such as lavender and chamomile.

Putting a dab of Badger Night-Night Balm on to your child’s pulse points such as the temples and wrists can really help those with excitable personalities, or use a sleep spray in the air such as Aroma Care for Kids

For extra help creating the perfect environment for your child to sleep easy, use some essential oils in a vaporiser or oil diffuser for an added calming effect.

6. Wind-down podcasts and apps

If meditation stories aren’t working try downloading a children’s podcast such as Kinderling’s Sleepy Soundtrack or an app like Smiling Mind

Listening to a soothing voice with added music effects can be incredibly calming for a child. It’s also a great option for time-poor parents who may not be able to dedicate as much time at night for things like reading stories and massage.

7. Sleepy music

Perhaps your little one responds best to music? There are lots of CDs, downloads and apps you can buy featuring gentle lullabies, classical tunes and other calming music that’s perfect for drifting off to sleep to – such as Lullabies Baby Mozart. Another option is YouTube which has a great selection of compilations which you can access for free.

Too easy!

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