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4 Sleep Routine Tips

"If you are struggling with finding the right sleep routine for your little one, try these quick and easy tips tonight" 

Step 1. Don't Push Bedtime Later or Skip Naps.

Make sure bedtime isn't getting pushed too late - Earlier is better because it allows for late stage REM, which can contribute to better rest and growth.

Over-tired children can take up to 30 minutes longer to fall asleep. If your child is struggling with taking a long time to fall asleep, it's possible that your child's body has released extra adrenaline or cortisol (a hormone that helps deal with stress), which can postpone sleep later and make it even more difficult to fall asleep.  

Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier tonight. Seriously. Try it. 

Step 2. Routine and the 4 B's

Routine is important for kids (and adults) because it can help set expectations and signal a sense of what comes next. Whether you have a long routine or a short routine, keeping it consistent can help young children 

We Like the 4 B's

It keeps things consistent and after the routine has taken hold, when she's getting tired, she starts asking for bath time and to read a book!

Step 3. Lavender Essential Oil Massage


This is our secret sauce. A natural massage oil like Lovely Lavender Massage Oil is a great way to connect with your kiddo. After the first 2 B's (Bath and Brush) we meet in bed for a little massage, story time and conversation. Lavender Oil works well because it can send signals to the brain, signaling it's time to rest. Scientists have suggested that the sense of smell is one of the most powerful and least understood senses. 

Creating a routine that incorporates a memorable and natural aroma can pay dividends for years. 

It works well because it incorporates 4 of the 5 senses. 

Even to this day, I remember the relaxing smells at my grandma's house, the tummy rubs she gave me and when I smell her perfume, it still brings back the memories of peace and play. 

Connecting a relaxing aroma with physical touch of a massage and tying that to bedtime is a no-brainer and you can reap the rewards for years. 

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Step 4. Conversation and Connection

Every night at bedtime we talk about our highlight of the day and what we are looking forward to tomorrow. It's a few minutes to connect, process through the day and think about tomorrow. Sometimes I'm surprised by my daughter's favorite moments.  

The connection, both physical and emotional, at the end of the night is wonderful and a great way for me to make sure I'm providing the emotional and physical support for my children. 

How do these tips work for you? Have you seen improvements in your toddler's sleep?