My son will be 1 in a few days and we have had the hardest year with sleep issues! There are lots of tips and trick about how to get your baby to sleep. I feel like I tried everything and it would just make things worse. I know it is normal for babies to wake up at night, but it can be frustrating! Missing sleep has been the hardest thing for me. My 2 oldest were great sleepers from 2 months on. I couldn’t figure out why this baby wouldn’t sleep. Was I doing something wrong, was there some medical issue that kept him from sleeping? I tried Cry-It-Out (it worked for my other 2), but he would never give up. I couldn’t bear to hear him cry anymore. I tried soothing, rocking, soft music, a warm room, sleeping with him, anything I could think of.
Finally, someone suggested Lavender. Why, oh why, didn’t I ever think of that? It has been 1 week since I have been using Lavender Essential Oil and it is working! Every night he sleeps a little longer. Last night he slept from 8 pm until 6:30 am!
Before bed, I fill up a glass bowl with water and bring it to a boil in the microwave. Then, I carefully carry it to his room and add a drop of Lavender Essential Oil. I close his bedroom door and let the Lavender steam his room. It smells wonderful! I also add a drop of Lavender to a tissue and put it under his sheet. I nurse him in his room and he drifts off to sleep in no time.
I am now a firm believer in Aromatherapy!. I had heard of the benefits, but I never though to pursue it. I will now keep a bottle of Lavender in the house at all times. The next time I hear of a baby having trouble sleeping, I will recommend Lavender Essential Oil!
I believe Lavender has saved my sanity!
What Aromatherapy tips to you have?