I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Ever since I returned to work it has been crazy trying to get the kids to bed. Most nights I try to be home as early as possible, but some nights I work as late as 8-9pm. This has become a problem because while the kids might not actually be a sleep at that time, we do try to have them wound down and in bed at least. Since I am not home at their normal wind down time, they still go about like it is the middle of the day until well after I get home. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that short of a few times in their lives mommy has always been home at bed time. They go to sleep knowing that I am here and I think it is what is causing the fight.
Bedtime in our house has always been a combination of either really easy (for instance they are all a sleep already) or really hard (fighting sleep at 12am or waking at 3am thinking it is morning). Usually around 8-9pm we get them to settle down and watch a movie or do something that doesn’t involve them running and jumping around. Some nights it works without a problem and they are fast a sleep, other nights they might fight sleep until later, but stay laying down and behaving, while other nights it is insanity as we chase them around trying to get them to relax and wind down. It always seems like those crazy nights we have to be up early the next morning and we are all fighting to get out of bed. Now we turn to Zarbee’s Naturals sleep. Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Sleep was one of the products I was most excited to try. There are just some nights that for whatever reason everyone’s sleep routine gets messed up. It might be because everyone is getting over being sick, or someone wakes up and wakes everyone up. I was worried about them liking the taste. We all know how kids are when it comes to flavored stuff, especially something they believe resembles medicine. To my surprise they all loved the taste and didn’t fight taking it at all.
Dr Zak has some great sleep hygiene tips, I especially love the bedtime chart and sleep reward chart. I think the bedtime chart really will get your kids to focus on the tasks at hand before bedtime, especially if they are getting to fill in their chart. The reward chart is also nice because use it as you see fit, whether it be just doing an activity at home, getting a special snack/treat or getting a special reward you purchase. The reward is all up to you and it helps them to want to sleep through the night because it gets them one step closer to that special something. Like I said it doesn’t have to be something bought, for us we might use it as getting a special food item that we don’t always have.Want to try Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Sleep with your little ones? Right now if you use coupon code zarbeessleep at checkout you’ll get $1.50 off. You can also get free shipping on orders over $10.