Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Over the years, I watched family and friends parent their children and at times, shuddered of how I would take up the role of a parent. As a first time and new mum, this has gone a long way since I took mental notes of things I would adapt once I became a mother.
When it came to putting my daughter-Chosen Chanel- to sleep, I battled with whether to use a sleep schedule or use Melatonin.
The answer was a Sleep Schedule!
In case you decide to incorporate Melatonin to help with your child’s sleep, that’s okay. I, however, tried a different approach, which has worked well with my baby.
Typically, I’m a person who does an activity repetitively daily without worrying. Getting off my schedule would make me anxious hence; I try to remain within the parameters of my routine. A program has come in handy through the years because it helps me manage my work and home life seamlessly.
Although I get off track occasionally, once I’m back in the right trajectory, things fall back into place perfectly.
Since her birth, little miss Chosen Chanel has maintained a daily and uninterrupted sleeping pattern. I will not lie to you, attaining this was not a walk in the park because the first three months were tough.
We effortlessly put her on a specific schedule, which involved sleeping in the same bed, without crying for a bottle in the middle of the night.
Apart from having many sleepless nights, it was one of the most challenging transitions. However, we managed to follow a daily pattern by putting Chosen to bed at the same time every night. We additionally adapted the 5 B’s system;
2. Brush teeth
By maintaining a daily sleeping routine for Chosen, she’s on the right track and always goes upstairs when she gets sleepy. One time I caught her trying to climb onto her bed.
Melatonin wasn’t an option in my family to help Chosen with her sleep; instead, we opted for patience and a pattern.
While there are no short term side effects of Melatonin, children may experience symptoms such as nausea, headaches, bed-wetting, excessive sweating, dizziness, morning grogginess, stomach pains and more in the end.
Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -PubMed Central, do not approve melatonin supplements for use in children.
Highly respected database from the National Institutes of Health
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by Trish Wright | Founder | Wife | Mama | Serial Entrepreneur |
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Edited by: Laiza Makesto