Toddler sleep patterns can be a bit of a roller coaster. Every little thing can throw them off: a late wake up, an evening visitor, the doom of Daylight Savings Time.
Several years ago I read about a certain food that may help you to fall asleep and so I tried it. And it totally worked.
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Toddler Sleep Hack
The secret food? Bananas.
Here’s why: this magic fruit has the perfect blend of natural sleep remedies.
- Magnesium 34 mg – Natural muscle relaxer
- Potassium 450 mg – Natural muscle relaxer
- Melatonin (It’s a tiny amount but I’ll take it! Another food with melatonin is tart cherries.)
I had no idea!
I started to try and give bananas to Brady at night when he was about 18 months old but we had a problem. He hated bananas. I made a compromise and tried banana yogurt. It didn’t help.
Paityn, however, loves bananas and I can guarantee that if I offer her one in the evening before bed she is going to eat it. So she does. And guess what? She is the absolute world’s best sleeper. I don’t have any of the problems I did when Brady was a toddler.
(By the way, I just got a new book they are saying is guaranteed to put your kid to sleep. Have you seen it? It’s called The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep and the reviews are incredible. We love it!)
I don’t always have bananas in the house so she doesn’t get one 365 days out of the year, no. But, it is something we do often. I absolutely believe in the power of the banana to help your toddler sleep!
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Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.