Have you ever had one of those nights where your baby just does not want to sleep or where your older kids are running around the house like wild hooligans? I have those nights. Quite often to be honest with you.
My kids are still small and they have LOTS of energy. Being that it’s winter here in Tennessee and the ground is covered in snow, there’s not too much to do outside on a regular basis so their energy builds up and results in a chaotic scene some nights before bed.
When I find that my kids are wound up and bedtime is approaching, I have to assess our situation and many times make adjustments to what we’ve got going on in order to help them calm down.
So if your kids are like mine, I have 3 pieces of advice for you that should help your kids calm down and get a good nights rest… along with a little DIY goodie for you too. Who doesn’t like those?
3 Things That Will Help Your Child Settle Down Before Bed
Well, my first piece of advice here would be to establish a bedtime routine. Every night before bed, we go through the same steps in the same order. My kids are used to it, they know what to expect from it, and it helps them to start calming down because they know bedtime is approaching.
My second piece of advice would be to cut out things that stimulate them. This may be a quick tv show before bed, wrestling with dad, listening to music, eating a snack, so on and so forth. If you notice that your kids are consistently wired before bed, look over their routine and see if you can find anything that is giving them too much stimulation.
Lastly, replace anything stimulating with something relaxing. Maybe you can gather your kids up with you on the bed and read them a book or two. Perhaps you can sit by the fire and tell each one of them something they did that day that made you happy Maybe you could make a nice massage oil together during the day and give them a massage with it before bed. Maybe you can give them a calming, warm bath right before putting their pjs on and putting them in bed. Maybe it’s as simple as rubbing their backs while you sing them each a lullaby in their beds.
This last piece of advice is where our DIY comes into play.
My kids love helping me make things in the kitchen, and they also love putting fun stuff in their baths. I’m not big on giving my kids a bath every day, but they do like to play in the tub. In order to keep them smelling good and to not deny them their joys of bath time, many times I’ll put things in their bath water that will help their skin, not harm it like too much soap oftentimes can.
Enter, relaxing bath salts.
Why Use Bath Salts In Your Children’s Bath?
Bath salts are a perfect addition to your kids bath if you’re trying to cut back on the soap. Not only are the salts good for your child’s skin and body because they provide some added minerals for your kiddo and they don’t dry their skin out as much as soaping up daily will, but this recipe is formulated to help them relax so that after bath time, they’re ready to settle down to a good nights rest.
DIY Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe
- 1 cup of redmond bath salts
- 1 TBSP of oil (sweet almond, jojoba, coconut)
- 7 drops of relaxing lavender essential oil (buy here or buy here)
- 3 drops of grounding patchouli essential oil (buy here or buy here)
Put all your ingredients in a bowl, mix well, put in a pretty glass jar, label, and store. Put about 2 TBSP of your salts into a full tub (use 1 tsp. for baby tubs) and mix well allowing them to dissolve. Put your kids in and let them play away!
Enjoy!!! ~ Meagan