Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra Tea
Grocery stores; $2.99 for 20 bags
Reviewer: Dawn, mom of Julia, 11
We’ve tried other relaxation teas in the past that did nothing for Julia. But this one works! An hour before bedtime, Julia gets in bed with a mug of Sleepytime (with a little bit of honey) and a favorite book. The routine helps her fall asleep 90 percent of the time.
Reviewer: Jennifer, mom of Daniel, 7
Daniel needed something to distract him from tossing and turning in bed. The Twilight Turtle projects glowing stars around the room, which Daniel finds relaxing. He focuses on the ceiling of stars as he drifts off into dreamland. Now he doesn’t want to go to sleep without his mini-galaxy.
Badger Sleep Balm
BadgerBalm.com; $5.50 for .75 oz.
Reviewer: Priscilla, stepmom of Kyle, 7
Kyle had trouble falling asleep, and was a restless sleeper. Now when we rub a bit of Sleep Balm (it contains herbs, like lavender and rosemary) on his temples before bed, he sleeps calmly through the night.
Charlie Channel Bedtime Buddy CD
Reviewer: Wynn, mom of Colby, 7
Once my son dozed off, he would sleep through the night. Getting him there without lying down with him, though, was nearly impossible. Charlie Channel has a deep, soothing voice, and his stories help kids relax. Colby now falls asleep on his own, thanks to CC.
Wal-Mart; $5 to $8 for 120 tablets
Reviewer: Denise, mom of Noah, 10
I asked our pediatrician whether there was something non-prescription we could try to help Noah fall asleep. He suggested 3 mg. of melatonin. The first night Noah took it, he fell asleep in 45 minutes and woke up feeling great. It has made a huge difference in our lives.
Check with your pediatrician before using any supplements.
This article comes from the Summer 2009 issue of ADDitude.
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