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#61 of 72 Old 10-27-2005, 09:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've added epsom salts and lavender oil in my quest for my ds to sleep better and be more comfortable. I still use the sleep balm, so he is smelling pretty fragrant at bedtime these days. The other night he woke up crying at 1 am and it took me until 2 AM to get him calm and back to sleep - then he slept for 4 hours, go figure! My Mom finally contacted her Swiss friend and I am hoping to get the Lysedil soon....
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Just thought I'd chime in here. My 9 month old DD has terrible sleep issues (since about 2-3 mos old) and I always keep my eye on this board for ideas. I read this thread earlier today, went out and bought the Badger balm (a store a half mile away from me carries it! woo!), and tried it tonight. So far... nada. In fact she's sleeping way worse tonight... and I didn't think that was possible.
She does sleep a little better once I go to bed and she can attach herself to the boob, but I have a bit of the ol' insomnia plus an much-needed internet jobby, so I do what I can. She usually ends up laying with me most of the night anyway while I contort myself to reach the laptop . Anyway... ... I hope to have a much better report on the Badger balm sometime in the near future
I do think she's teething pretty hardcore right now though, so no doubt that has something to do with it. Out, teeth, out!

Cross your fingers for us.

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After reading this forum I too got the Badger sleep balm.......hope it helps..only got it today though so we'll see!!!

I know w/ my older one better sleep didn't come till he was night weaned which didn't happen until he was over 2 :

I'm obviously not nightweaning my 9 month old but would really like better sleep!!!

Mom to Ds1 (8 1/2) Ds2 (6) Dd (2 1/2)!!!!
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I think sometimes it is gas that makes my ds uncomfortable, and I wonder if it is caused/exacerbated by nursing him almost every time he wakes. It makes me wonder if I should night wean him, but I really can't bring myself to do it. Today I picked up some Valerian Super Calm at Whole Foods. But it says to give it 3x daily, and I don't know how I can do that when I work out of the home full time. But I am going to try it as best I can and will let you know if I have any positive results.
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Just wanted to check in and say that the Badger Sleep Balm is still working well in soothing my DD to sleep

Hope all you mamas have had similar success!

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We've tried it too, and it seems to help. Actually the first week or so of it, he slept great, but now we are having more waking again, but that does seem to help. Heck, I think the smell of it makes me a bit sleepy while I'm getting him into bed lol
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Badger Sleep Balm does nothing for any of us.

Homeopathy does nothing.

Benadryl does nothing, Dimetapp does nothing.

Melatonin does nothing.

I've tried one of the valerian-based herbal tinctures with no success.

Tried eliminating caffeine and was just cranky; baby still wakes up several times a night.

Tried night-weaning, with no success.

I am afraid he won't sleep well until he can talk, and is completely weaned.
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Badger Sleep Balm does nothing for any of us.

Homeopathy does nothing.

Benadryl does nothing, Dimetapp does nothing.

Melatonin does nothing.

I've tried one of the valerian-based herbal tinctures with no success.

Tried eliminating caffeine and was just cranky; baby still wakes up several times a night.

Tried night-weaning, with no success.

I am afraid he won't sleep well until he can talk, and is completely weaned.
Us too mama.

And mine CAN talk already.

And now I have blistered nipple from fierce nursing lately and apparent growth spurt.

Oh well.
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Badger Balm is THE cure for my ds' (age 3 1/2) occasional nap problems. I think it's the whole preschooler magical thinking thing, but ask me if I care. Love the stuff.
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Off to find my Badger Balm for tomorrow night so I can try it out. I bought it, but never really used it. Duh!

We had success w/Herbs for Kids Valerian Super Calm when ds was younger.

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Badger Sleep Balm does nothing for any of us.

Homeopathy does nothing.

Benadryl does nothing, Dimetapp does nothing.

Melatonin does nothing.

I've tried one of the valerian-based herbal tinctures with no success.

Tried eliminating caffeine and was just cranky; baby still wakes up several times a night.

Tried night-weaning, with no success.

I am afraid he won't sleep well until he can talk, and is completely weaned.
: Me and my DD are in the same boat. She has been on the hourly wakeup schedule off and on all month, and I've tried just about everything with no success. Occasionally Motrin will help (she's teething something fierce), but even that sometimes has no effect. I think I will be crazy and sleep deprived until she turns two or so.

Christine, Perpetually Sleep-Deprived Mama to Sylvia (01/2005) and Stefan (07/2008)
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i have tried a teething tea i found in "naturally healthy babies and children" and it seemed to work ok for my ds.

i left out the lemon balm b/c it is supposed to decrease milk supply and i drink the tea as well as letting ian suck the cooled tea from a washcloth.

1/2 oz. dried chamomile flowers
1/2 oz. dried lemon balm
1/2 oz. catnip leaves
1/2 oz. lavender flowers
1 cup boiling water

combine herbs and put 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture in a tea ball or put it into a cup and pour the water over. let steep for 15 to 30 minutes and strain out herbs. i drink some of it while it's hot and let the rest cool down for ian.
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