Three Words That Threw Us Off Schedule All Week #sponsored #MC #sleepweek

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Daylight Savings Time. Aren’t those three words enough to make you cringe? When my oldest was an infant and toddler it was easier to gradually ease her into the time changes, but it has gotten more complicated since having additional children. To be honest I was in denial forgot about the time change until just a day or two before, so any gradual bedtime changes just did not happen for us this year.

And it is unfortunate, because I felt like all of my kids were just a little “off” this week. A major meltdown at Michael’s at 10:30 AM on Monday for my three-year-old, which was a first, a moody kindergartener and, well, baby sister is teething so it is hard to differentiate between that and the time change. The bottom line is, it was a long week!

Whether it is a seasonal time change, change in schedule or other disruption, bedtime seems to frequently become stressful at our house. Warm baths, lavender essential oil and book reading are in our regular bedtime routine, but sometimes the kids still find ways to get riled up. Zarbee’s Naturals has a helpful visual chart to help with more effective and consistent bedtime routines and I took note that I need to increase the tryptophan for their bedtime snack recommendations.

Zarbee's_Bedtime_FoodsWhat do you find most helpful to calm our children down at night? I think our biggest hurdle is that my husband gets home at a different time every night and has been working long hours so after dinner they just want to wrestle and play. Fortunately, once the kids get settled they are pretty good about sleeping, but if you have little ones who struggle settling down to sleep even after a consistent, calming bedtime routine melatonin is a commonly recommended supplement.

Zarbee’s Naturals has sleep remedies for both children 3 and older as well as adults, and although I do not have personal experience with melatonin, it is something that my mother has taken for jet lag. She typically takes two-weeks to fully adjust to the opposite timezones after traveling to or from Japan, and has been that way since I was a young girl, but melatonin seemed to help shorten this and make it easier to settle down when she took it the last couple of visits. Melatonin is non-habit forming and will not leave you feeling groggy the following day, which is reassuring.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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