6 Natural sleep remedies for babies

September 4, 2020 5 mins read
6 Natural sleep remedies for babies
Sleepless nights are par for the course as new parents, but with all the available natural sleep remedies for babies, there’s no reason why you can’t get your much-deserved forty winks while your baby, well, sleeps like a baby. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to putting your baby down for the night, and not all babies respond to the same sleep remedies. We’ve collected a few of our favourite sleeping tricks that are proven to get babies to sleep, and some other natural sleep remedies for babies that might take a little practise (but promise long term results). Let’s grab a cup of tea and discover a lullaby that works to give your baby a healthy start on their sleeping journey

How much sleep do babies need?

Getting your baby the sleep quality and quantity they need is a fundamental stepping stone in their healthy development. How much time your baby needs to sleep in a 24-hour cycle is all dependent on their age and developmental needs. From a newborn baby up until they’re 12 months old, their sleeping patterns will change as they start to develop their full sleep cycles. But no matter what sleep stage (age) they’re in, getting them down (and helping them to sleep through) is what we’re here to help with.

Best natural sleep remedies for babies

We know that when it comes to putting your baby down for the night, it’s rarely a smooth process. Try a few of these natural sleep techniques to help your little one become a good sleeper and get them into a good routine:

Bathing your baby before bedtime

A warm bath does wonders as a relaxation technique. As well as creating a good routine for bedtime, the warmth of the bath helps soothe your baby into sleepiness. After a warm bath your baby’s body temperature drops a little, which eases them into a snoozy mood. To ensure that bathwater is comfortable, get the temperature to around 32ºC and make sure that it’s not filled too deep.

Sing a lullaby to your baby

It is scientifically proven that lullabies do lull your baby to sleep. Not only does singing a lullaby help your baby drift off into dreamland, but it also helps strengthen your emotional bond. And if ever there was a time to live out your Britain’s Got Talent fantasy, your baby will (have to) enjoy the show.

Give your baby a soothing massage

Everyone loves a good massage, including your baby. Pre-sleep massages help to stimulate your baby’s central nervous system, which sets off a chain reaction of feel-good hormones. Try giving your baby a 10 to 15-minute massage after bathtime and enjoy the bonding ritual (and sleepiness) that takes place.

Discover the art of swaddling

Babies are born with a startle reflex, which commonly happens during their sleep. This is why the art of the swaddle wrap is one of the first skills you learn in the “school of parenting.” Putting your child to sleep in a tight swaddle will not only keep them ‘snug as a bug in a rug’, but will stop them from startling themselves awake and keep them sleeping better for longer.

Daylight exposure

Giving your baby their daily dose of vitamin D should be done in moderation. It’s a balancing act as it can lead to a restless night for your baby. Exposure to daytime light over long periods can affect your baby’s natural body clock and disrupt their sleeping patterns.

Toys and comforters

Familiar soft toys can be very useful when putting your baby down to sleep. They help your child feel more secure when you are not in the room. Often referred to as transitional objects, they help your baby transition from waking to sleeping by providing feelings of comfort and security.

Herbal sleep remedies for babies

When it comes to sleep remedies, there are numerous ways to go about it. Where it is not advised to administer any sleep-inducing pharmaceutical medication to your baby without your doctor’s approval, there are other on-the-shelf natural remedies that can offer your baby some slight sleep relief. Before using essential oils as a remedy to help your baby sleep, check if your little one suffers from asthma as many essential oils can aggravate their symptoms. Here are 3 aromatherapy herbs that could send your baby to sleep-land:

Lavender oil: for sleepiness

Lavender oil is synonymous with relaxation. Its soothing scent naturally calms nerves and promotes restful sleep. It’s also perfectly safe to add a few drops around your baby’s cot and let the natural scent lull them into relaxation. Before using essential oils as a remedy to help your baby sleep, check if your little one suffers from asthma as many essential oils can aggravate their symptoms.

Chamomile: to create calmness

Chamomile is one of the best natural remedies for babies, helping to soothe colds, teething pain, colic, indigestion, restlessness, anxiety and irritability in children (but only if they’re not allergic to other plants in the daisy family). It’s the perfect herb to use for your restless baby who battles to settle down to sleep. Given in tea form, using a bottle or a dropper, brew some chamomile tea, add a touch of lemon and honey and watch them succumb to sleepiness.

Lemon balm: for bonding

This is the essential oil we dub the “bonding oil.” Lemon balm is a calming and soothing essential oil which goes perfectly with your bedtime baby massage. Rubbed into the feet and hands of your anxious or restless baby, it can assist them in settling down to sleep.

What is the best natural sleep remedy for babies?

Getting your baby to sleep is definitely a test of parenthood. At times it can be frustrating, but it is also the most rewarding job in the world to see such a new life restful and safe. Each of these natural remedies is suggested to help you find the best sleep solutions for your baby. No single remedy is the correct way as it’s up to you to take the time to figure out what soothes your baby’s bedtime needs. Ensure your baby’s sleep health is always put first and remember to enjoy the bonding of bedtime as it really is so special.