Tips To Help Kids Sleep Through The Night In The Wintertime
Keeping your little ones healthy is crucial as a mama. Otherwise, the whole house suffers as you struggle, toss and turn hoping your kids will sleep through the night. Dry air, stuffy noses and sore throats are common place in a toddlers room (even when you push immune boosting foods daily!). This is why I have specific winter-time practices to help my daughter stay healthy and congestion free through winter nights.
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Even when baby bear was an infant, I made sure to have a solid bedtime routine and rituals in the hopes that she would sleep through the night. However, it wasn’t until she was over one year old and in day care that these night time rituals became so necessary! Here’s an example of a killer bedtime routine.
As many mamas know, stuffy noses and congestion are pretty common throughout the night in winter time. And as a natural mama, I normally want to try as much as I can holistically before giving in and medicating baby bear.
Below are three staples I used in my daughter’s bedroom to help her sleep through winter nights.
Help Your Kids Sleep Through The Night With A Good Humidifier
When it comes to a stuffy free sleep in the winter, a good humidifier is essential.
After an initial bad experience with the classic kid “frog” humidifiers, I decided to upgrade. We found the traditional kid humidifiers got pretty moldy pretty fast. Plus, while they gave off air, they didn’t seem to help much in terms of moisture.
When Anypro reached out to me it was actually at the perfect time! I decided to swap humidifiers and give them a shot- and am so thankful i did. Here are some of the reasons I love the Anypro humidifier:
- It’s promoted as the first Anti Mold Steam Vaporizer (after cleaning out the frog nightly, anti mold became a necessity)
- It’s extremely quiet
- It has a 3.5L tank which is more than big enough to get through the night and naptimes without constantly filling <– no mama has time to fill a humidifier every five hours!
If there is one thing you need when it comes to surviving the winter season it’s a powerful humidifier. When turned up, the Anypro actually pours out cool mist which ended up being insanely helpful for the kids to sleep through the night.
Having her room filled with cool & moist air through the winter helped a ton when it came the easing congestion and a sore throat.
Side note: baby bear has figured out how to turn it on and loves trying to “catch” the mist! It’s super cute
A Diffuser & The Right Oils
I diffuse oils in baby bears room every night even through the summer. In the winter months I have a couple of go-to’s. For anything preventative I love using a Thieves blend or OnGuard oils to boost the immune system. This is obviously a necessity with daycare and sometimes she even gets them rubbed onto her feet before going!
If we’re having any kind of congestion issues I like to use the blend “breathe” from DoTerra because I find it works really well (though it’s even better if you use some natural cold and flu prevention techniques to begin with!). It’s a combination of oils and really helps to ease a stuffy nose. As baby bear is just under two years, I don’t yet rub this one onto her chest as the peppermint type blend is a bit much for her system I believe. So I stick to diffusing
Keeping these oils going each night works wonders for our house to get the kids to sleep through the night so I personally have a diffuser in each room.
Note: when we upgraded to the Anypro humidifier I learned it has a compartment specifically for essential oils! This was a huge perk as “two birds one stone” and all that.
Sleepy Time Spray
Before bed each night I quick spray my daughters crib sheets and blanket with a homemade spray to promote relaxation and ease any congestion she may have. Since she snuggles with her blanket she inhales this blend directly and I’ve found it to work beautifully on a stuffy nose- and it smells yummy!
For this, I use both a few drops of Breathe as well as my favorite relaxing oil called Unwind from Saje. It truly is a heavenly smell and so relaxing! I mix those two with witch hazel (acts as a carrier) and spray it around her crib. Alternatively, you could also use this sleepy time salve and rock a mini massage too!
Keeping my little one breathing easy through the winter months is beyond important to me. The better she breathes, the more sleep she gets and the more she can focus on developing. I truly love the products and routine I use and have found it to be extremely beneficial through the winter months. A little air quality and oil help can go a long way!
Magnesium is another great way to help kiddos (and us mamas! sleep!). Most people are low in magnesium due to poor soil quality so I use Magnesium powder (I get my magnesium powder from perfect supplements and you can use mamabear10 for a discount) and whip up a spray for out feet.
Magnesium helps the body calm down and thus induces sleep. I use throw the powder into my smoothies or a before bed hot chocolate and it works amazingly. There’s also the option of purchasing a magnesium lotion or oil too.
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Getting your kids to sleep through the night is a crucial for any mama- we need rest too! And having a solid routine and few helpful tricks up your sleeve goes a long way. Give these tips a try and hopefully get some rest to gear up for the next day of chasing littles!