Despite my blog being called Naptime Natter, neither of my children are very good at napping. Leo is 3 and a half now and can be forgiven for not wanting to sleep in the day anymore (not that he loved napping when he was younger anyway) but Alex’s lack of napping is a lot harder to accept. My baby boy is only 6 months old, he should be having 2 reasonably long naps a day but I am lucky if I can get one 20 minute snooze out of him these days. Naps in the house just do not happen unless I feed him to sleep and then I find myself trapped under my sleepy boy for ages, the pile of washing still untouched and the dirty dishes left to stew in the sink. The only way I can guarantee Alex to have a sleep without having him stuck to me is to go for a long pointless drive in the car or to walk him in the pram for longer than the amount of time he will eventually spend asleep. I have tried lots of ways to get my boy to just go for a sleep in his damn cot but no amount of back patting and shushing is working. I have recently read that using essential oils can help your baby to sleep better and I have reached the point now where I will try anything to get Alex to take a decent nap. I am not an expert when it comes to essential oils but, after doing my research, I am going to start using them in Alex’s bedtime and naptime routine (note to self: start naptime routine) to see if what I have read is true.
Our new baby sleep routine using essential oils
So, to help make mission Get Alex To Nap a success I am going to buy some essential oils and I will be using them during our bedtime routine as well as around the times of day where Alex normally gets sleepy but instead of just dropping off he fights sleep until he has a overtired breakdown about 5pm. From doing some online reading on essential oils and sleep it looks like lavender oil may be my saviour in a tiny bottle; lavender has relaxing and calming properties that can help settle your baby ready for a peaceful sleep.
Once I have bought my lavender oil I am going to begin using it at bedtime so Alex associates it with sleep and, after a few nights, I am going to use it in the day too in the hope it will coax Alex into taking a nice long nap. If mission naptime is a success it means I will finally be able to put all the clean clothes away that have taken over the guest room, actually write my blog at naptime (this blog should be called After Kids Have Gone to Bed Natter these days!) and indulge in a hot cuppa and eat a sandwich without Alex trying to snatch it clean out of my hand – I am getting excited just thinking about it all!
There are lots of ways to use lavender oil but I am going to stick to 3 simple methods to try and get Alex to sleep better:
- Put it in the bath – just a couple drops into his bath water is apparently all it will take to help Alex relax and unwind ready for a sleep.
- Baby massage – I have not taken Alex to baby massage classes but he does love it when I put cream on him after his baths. I am going to start giving him a little massage around naptime too, using lavender oil mixed with coconut oil in a hope it will help him sleep for longer than 20minutes.
- Diffuse it – I have a lovely little oil burner and I have never thought to use it in the kids rooms. About half an hour or so before Alex will be due a sleep (he’s usually tired by 11am and totally exhausted by 3pm) I am going to diffuse some lavender oil in his room while we play/feed and then hopefully when I put him down instead of his eyes springing open the second his back touches the cot he will actually stay fast asleep.
That’s my plan of action, what do you think? Only time will tell if using essential oils can really help my baby sleep better but, like I said, I am willing to give anything a try. I am off shopping tomorrow so I will make sure to pick up some lavender oil and I will report back in a couple weeks to let you know if mission Get Alex to Nap has been a success.
Do you use essential oils with your baby? Have you had any success helping your baby sleep by using lavender oil? Maybe you think it is all nonsense and nothing will help a baby sleep if they don’t want to? I would love to know your thoughts.
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