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Natural Sleep Remedies for restless, nightwaking babies

post #1 of 72
Thread Starter 
I tried an herbal sleep remedy from an herbal company out of Vancouver, but it did not seem to help. I have heard that a over-the-counter suppository called Lysedil sold in Switzerland is very good at helping babies who are teething/restless/uncomfortable like my ds sleep. I was also thinking about some other things I have heard people mention on this board like magnesium (I'd use epsom salts) lavender oil, etc.

Has any one here had any success helping their uncomfortable baby sleep better, and if so what have you used?

TIA!
post #2 of 72
"Badger Balm" has a sleep balm that worked for my little one. It never caused any skin troubles. I used it for a few years and it worked every night.
post #3 of 72
Hyland's has a product, I think it's called Calm. I have not used it because its lactose base.
post #4 of 72
I have used lavender oil. I just use it straight, and touch it to his forehead, sometimes feet if pj's cover him, or belly if he is gassy. Also, if it is teeth or tummy, hylans has teething pills or colic ones that are great. I think I remember reading that they are lactase, which is somehow ok for lactose intolerant? Not sure on that, but they work wonders for my little guy, he asks for them even.
post #5 of 72
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Originally Posted by MMMOM
Hyland's has a product, I think it's called Calm. I have not used it because its lactose base.
OT Sorry if this is just really dumb but what's wrong with a lactose base? Lactose is milk sugar.. same sugar that's in breastmilk in every way. Or is the concern that there is cow's milk protein in there too?
post #6 of 72
The Hylands website says that it's safe for dairy-allergic people.

"People who are truly allergic to dairy can't break down the proteins found in the dairy products. We don't use the proteins, we use only the sugar component of cows milk. There is rarely a problem among dairy allergy people using these products. If you are very concerned, seek the advice of a licensed health care professional before using this product."
http://www.hylands.com/teething_faqs.htm

I'm not sure I believe them, so I discontinued giving the teething tablets to my dairy-allergic son. (Saw no difference in his night-waking habits, before or after.)
post #7 of 72
Thread Starter 
I tried the Hylands when my ds was younger, they didn't do anything for him. Today I bought the Badger Balm Sleep Balm and some epsom salts. I did not buy the lavender oil yet, but if these things don't help I will. Last night I got only 3 1/2 hours sleep because my ds was so restless and uncomfortable. I hope something works soon, I really need some sleep.....
post #8 of 72
Where can I find the sleep balm?
post #9 of 72
Thread Starter 
I got the Sleep Balm at Whole Foods Market.
post #10 of 72
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Originally Posted by Rox5266
I got the Sleep Balm at Whole Foods Market.
: : ::: off to whole foods ::::
post #11 of 72
I find the hylands teething tabs help my 16 month old before bed. They didn't help her when she was six months nuch but we tried them again a few months later and they work for her now (a big knock on wood)
post #12 of 72
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Originally Posted by Rox5266
I got the Sleep Balm at Whole Foods Market.
Thanks! I'll add it to my shopping list. Is it safe to use every night, or is it just to use every once in a while?
post #13 of 72
It's safe (as far I understand, not a doc etc lol). My toddler had such gass at night for a while that it became part of our ritual to have one. He still asks for them when he is uncomfortable, I think that the chamomile in them is soothing. There are no warnings about over use or anything on them though.
post #14 of 72
wow i didnt know hylands night remedy was dairy/lactose based. i am glad i read this post!
post #15 of 72
Thread Starter 
Wow, what a difference the Sleep Balm made! He slept for 4 hours straight, and only woke up 3 times - and was so easy to put back to sleep! No whining, kicking, rolling around, not sleeping misery. I'm going to use it again tonight and see if it works as well.
post #16 of 72
Went to WF tonight and they didn't have it...only baby balm. Anyone know of somewhere else I can get it? I'm desperate!

ETA: I found this website that sells it:
http://www.uncommonscents.com/badsleepbal2.html

Is that cost about right?
post #17 of 72
Uncommon scents is right down the street from me and I will say.... I LOVE THAT PLACE. It is a great little store , orkay maybe not so little anymore.
post #18 of 72
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Originally Posted by Rox5266
Wow, what a difference the Sleep Balm made! He slept for 4 hours straight, and only woke up 3 times - and was so easy to put back to sleep! No whining, kicking, rolling around, not sleeping misery. I'm going to use it again tonight and see if it works as well.
sounds great! i'm curious how you applied it & where? and anyone else with sleep balm success, please pipe in. i'm desperate, too.

thanx for this thread!
post #19 of 72
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Need. More. Sleep. Also.
post #20 of 72
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Originally Posted by luckymama
sounds great! i'm curious how you applied it & where? and anyone else with sleep balm success, please pipe in. i'm desperate, too.

thanx for this thread!
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