How To Help Your Child Actually Sleep Better: Healthier

Healthy Sleeping Tips for Your Child

Does Your Child Sleep Well?

Most children sleep well, but if you have a child who has a hard time falling asleep or doesn’t wake up rested here are a few tips that will help.

First a couple of questions:

What kind of sleeping environment does your child have?

Are their sheets a blend of 50/50 meaning 50% cotton and 50% polyester, or perhaps 100% polyester?

How about their PJs?  What type of blanket and pillow?   Check out the safe, healthy and chemical free pillows here.

Does your child wake up with a stuffy nose?

Do they wake up sweaty or cranky and not well rested?

Create A Great Sleeping Environment For Your Child

Creating a sleeping environment with natural materials is paramount for a good nights sleep.  Polyester and blends can’t breathe. When your child sleeps the heat from the body, along with the moisture we lose, (we lose about a pint of moisture each night) gets trapped under the blankets.  All this creates what I call a heated tent.  This heat can’t dissipate, so your child gets hotter and hotter and this goes on every night.

Your child may have a dust mite allergy.  Many children do.  Dust mites love and need a moist dark environment to thrive.  You can have 1,000s on the mattress or pillow.  Feather pillows are a dust mite’s favorite as they set up house between the quills.  Feather pillows never really dry out creating an environment dust mites love.   These pillows are horrible for your child because of the allergies they cause.  My favorite pillow for children is wool pillows.  If they love their feather pillow or have one, they love you can always encase the pillow with an organic cotton encasement.  Most encasements on the market are a poly blend creating that heat tent I just mentioned.  I love these encasements because they breathe and have received excellent reviews from our customers.  You can take a peek at the organic encasements here.

Here are some tips that will make a huge difference in the way your child sleeps:

  • Encased their pillow in 100% organic cotton encasements.
  • If you think your child needs a new pillow a wool pillow is wonderful for children.  They LOVE them, and dust mites can’t live in wool which is great for children with allergies. Pillows with different levels of wool for children according to their age.
  • If their mattress is older than 2 or 3 years, you know dust mites are in them.  We have encasements for the mattresses also.  We have had great reviews from customers that purchased mattress encasements from our store.
  • Cotton PJs are the best.  Goodwill is a great source.  Also, consignments and hand me downs are good.  The pricing is great, and all the pesticides have been washed out.  Did you know cotton is the most sprayed crop in the world?  Make sure it’s not a blend but 100% cotton.  Buying used is chemical-free and cost-effective.  Can’t beat that.
  • A wool mattress pad will wick moisture away from your child and keep them cool all night long.  I love these mattress pads and have one on every mattress in my home.  They protect the mattress from accidents but also are temperature regulating.  A great product to add to the bed.  Here is a link to the wool mattress pads.
  • Wash bedding in HOT water once a week.  Washing in hot water kills any dust mites and germs in the bedding.  It’s imperative to wash with detergents that have no chemicals in them.  For non-toxic detergents that I use and love you can check them out at www.econuts.com.
  • Have a cotton blanket or wool comforter.  Wool comforters are lovely summer or winter.  Check out these organic comforters.
  • To help your child settle down before bed and fall asleep faster try a warm bath with a few drops of lavender.  Take a shot glass and fill it with milk, put 2 or 3 drops of lavender in the milk and then pour into the bath.  Doing it this way will disburse the lavender oil equally into the bath water.  I only use organically grown or wildcrafted essential oils that are tested for safety.  Some oils have been known to contain pesticides so be diligent in the essential oils you use.
  • Lastly bedtime stories and cuddles!

If you can do any of these tips, you will see a difference in the quality of your child’s sleep.

If you could only do a couple of things, I would recommend the pillow for sure, sheets, blankets, and the pjs.

Hope these tips are helpful and your child is healthy, happy and well rested.

All the best,

Debby