Do you have a bedtime routine that works for you and your family? Or is it always a struggle to get the kids to bed? Ever since Big C was a baby, we tried to keep a pretty consistent routine. Over time, and as seasons of life changed, our routine has changed, too.
My husband used to be in charge of bedtime for Big C. I don’t remember the exact routine anymore, but it was probably something like bath, brush teeth, story and off to bed. (Sounds like a Daniel Tiger episode, right?) Then Little M entered the world and changed the whole thing up! Oh man, that was a very hard change.
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Little M has always been a difficult sleeper. I have read every book and advice out there and tried everything. I used the tips to create a healthy and safe sleeping environment to help. But nothing was as easy as putting Big C to bed. What we implemented are probably things you have tried yourself:
darkened room or blackout curtains
comfortable and light weight pajamas
quiet story time
I could go on and on. When Little M was an infant, we used the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit. This was a God send, because I probably wouldn’t have survived without it. But eventually, he grew out of it. We bought a similar suit from the UK, that was more his size. It was expensive, but it helped him to transition. We still had to rock him to sleep, though. As he grew older, he wanted nothing to do with the suit anymore.
He has hit every sleep regression stage you can think of, but we still continued our routine. Little M is 2 now and sometimes still wakes in the middle of the night. He always wakes around 4 or 5 in the morning to come and lay with mommy.
Here’s where our accident came in. Don’t worry, it was a good accident. And it brought some much needed sleep to our whole family. Big C needed a body alkaline balance, so I placed both kids in a bath with a cup of Epsom salt and a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar. That night, Little M woke up around 5am to sleep with mommy, but quickly fell right back to sleep until 7:30 in the morning! This. Never. Happens.
The Secret Toddler Sleep Solution: magnesium from the epsom salts! Since then, every night we spray Little M’s feet with magnesium oil. And every night since then (knock on wood), he has slept until, at least 6:30am. I actually have to set my alarm now so Big C gets to school on time. Goodness, I wish I would have figured this trick out a long time ago. But I’m so grateful we have it now.
When I think back to my pregnancy with Little M, I would spray my legs with magnesium oil before I went to sleep, because of my restless leg syndrome. So the connection is clearly there. Even though it was hard for Big C not feeling well, she helped us find a big blessing!
What sleep tips or routines do you use for your kids?