Did Daylight Savings Time throw off anyone else’s sleep schedule? It seemed to have actually done wonders for us. My toddler has been going to sleep around 7 ish and you will not hear a complaint from me about that, haha. Usually though, we don’t get this lucky but for now I’m going to embrace and milk the heck out of it!
What do you do when your kiddo’s sleep schedule does get out of whack though? I mean, it starts with them being cranky, then you’re cranky, then my hubby is cranky, you know how it goes. Sleep deprivation and exhaustion lead to a nasty cycle. That being said, what is really the ideal amount of sleep for your kiddo? According to the chart at the right my toddler should be sleeping 10-12 hours a night. That still seems like heaven to me but I guess is pretty close to reality. My one year old on the other hand definitely does not sleep 12-14 hours.
Some things I do to help the transition to sleep easier for my girls include spraying the linens with a lavender spray (just a mix of lavender essential oil and water) and giving them a little coconut oil/lavender oil massages while putting on pajamas. The lavender oil is known for acting as a calming agent and is known to help promote sleep. Plus, it’s one of the gentlest essential oils which is a bonus for using with a little one’s sensitive skin.
Dr. Zak, founder of Zarbees also has these great tips for winding down for the night to get better sleep.
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