A little background: I took an overnight international flight (Chicago to Amsterdam - 8 hours) a few weeks ago with my 14-month old. It wasn't pretty. It took forever to get him to sleep; he was really wound up. I couldn't keep him in the seat with me for long before he got squirmy and started to cry, so we spent a lot of time walking and hanging out in the back of the plane. Not ideal, but in the moment it seemed like the best option. I'd say he only slept two hours that night.
Anyway, we're leaving again in two days to take the same flight. I had friends on this past trip who gave their son an herbal supplement to help him sleep. Coincidence or not, he slept through most of the flight. So yesterday at Whole Foods I picked up Valerian Super Calm Herbs for Kids made by the company Nerve Support. It says it's for children over one year. The ingredients are a "proprietary blend" (1ml serving) of skullcap herb, chamomile flowers, valerian root, fellen seed, hops strobiles and catnip herb, also kosher coconut and/or palm kernel glycerine.
Is this safe for my baby? Would you give it to your kid? Is there something that would be better? Obviously, I don't want to give him benadryl, but if there's a way I can help him relax so he can get to sleep on the flight I think it would benefit everybody. Thanks!
Edited to add that I'm still nursing, and ds hasn't shown any signs of food allergies (though dh has extensive allergies). Also, can anybody tell me how quickly the drops would take effect - should I wait to give them until we're on the plane? It departs at about 6pm our time.