These natural sleep remedies for kids made our little night owl immediately start sleeping 11 hours a night. Life is good again!
From the time Graydon was an infant, he wanted to rule the roost. He insisted on wailing loud enough to shake the walls when he was hungry, sleepy, wanting to be picked up or when he was plotting to control the world.
His favorite thing to do as an infant? Stay up until the wee hours of the morning, then start his day at 6 a.m. This didn't make him very popular at our house. It didn't make any of us very popular, because we were a bunch of tired, grouchy crabs.
We tried everything under the sun. Although, we're not fans of medications, we even tried the benadryl that the doctor suggested. Nothing.
This went on for over 2 years. Once in a while, Graydon would sleep 5 or 6 hours, so we would think we were onto something. The next night...up til 2 am.
Of course, we thought that keeping him up late would make him sleep all night and late into the morning. BIG MISTAKE! We did this for weeks, until we finally figured out it wasn't looking like a very good idea. In fact, it totally blew up in our faces.
Instead of "sleeping like a baby", Graydon seemed to be having his own all night parties. None of us felt like partying...
I felt guilty, because even though I loved this child, I was getting SO frustrated that I didn't know what to do. I'm not much of a cryer, but crying turned into something I did every night.
Then, my mom came to visit...
She explained that you NEVER try to keep a child up late, so that they'll sleep more. This makes them so overtired that they just can't settle down.
Well, that certainly made sense. After all, I've always had trouble going to sleep when I was overtired.
She also said that this will make them more likely to wake up during the night. Sometimes they'll stay up for hours. Then, when they finally go back to sleep, TA DA! They're up for the day 2 hours later!
This sounded just like my life!
This precious lady told me to do the same routine every night and get him in the bed early. She guaranteed this would work.
When did my mom get so smart? She knew more about natural sleep remedies for kids than anybody else who had tried to help!
Graydon now sleeps from 8pm until 7am. Every. Single. Night.
I'm sane again! I love life again! I'm not going to lose my mind! I don't cry anymore! Happy! Happy! Happy!
Natural sleep remedies for kids? Or just common sense? Who cares?