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I hear that some kids actually like sleep. Asking to go to sleep, falling asleep easily in the car, the high chair, mommy’s arms. I wasn’t blessed with that child.
Even if you have a good sleeper, I’m sure you have some kind of sleep complaint. Teething? Sleep walking? Growing pains? Nightmares? Fears? Stall tactics? Early wake-ups? Then again, if you’re reading this post, chances are you’re with me! Yay! Welcome to the I-forget-what-sleep-is-like club.
I have read and researched and though I was very frugal during her first year and beyond, I have spent a lot of money on things to try to get my child to sleep. And stay asleep. It started with the SwaddleMe (which I loved), and the Woombie , which also worked great. Sadly, a swaddled toddler just isn’t a possibility.
Then I moved on to the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. Teething Necklace? Check. (Which by the way, worked amazingly during teething.) Going in to nudge her and interrupt her sleep cycle? Tried that, too. I’ve done it all.
To be honest, my child is just a tough sleeper. Falling asleep takes forever, and then staying asleep all night long just doesn’t happen. Sometimes she needs to use the bathroom, sometimes she has nightmares, or she has growing pains, or she’s thirsty (when is the last time you woke up because you were simply dying of thirst? Yeah, that’s what I thought), and sometimes she simply wants to snuggle at 3am. Good times.
Sometimes she’s hungry. Seriously, at the age of 2 she started waking up and demanding to be fed. So we started giving her a snack before bed. It worked! She slept through the night consistently… for a little while.
Well played, little one.
Still, I’ve never given up. I’m always on the lookout for a way to just get her to sleep. A gentle way. So I was reading about her growing pains and how magnesium might help. And bonus, it can promote better sleep also.
So I decided to give her this calcium and magnesium supplement. I was so excited and that first night, I didn’t sleep well because I couldn’t wait to see what happened. I should just resign myself to the fact that I will never sleep again, honestly.
A few days after starting her new vitamins, she started sleeping through the night and sleeping longer. She slept until 7:45 one morning after starting them, which is essentially a sleep miracle. Of course her baby sister was up at the crack of dawn, but I digress.
Most importantly, her nighttime growing pains and cramps have stopped. And if you ask my husband, he will tell you that he remembers suffering from growing pains as a child, and that they were extremely painful.
As many as 80% of people are deficient in magnesium. If your child is suffering from nighttime leg pain, calcium and magnesium might be what your child needs.
The other simple change that helps her stay asleep is by moving her night light farther away from her bed. Light at night disrupts our sleep, making us more restless. However, many children (including mine) need a nightlight because of nighttime fears. This dimmable night light is a great option.
What have you tried in order to encourage your toddler to sleep through the night?
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