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Parent Hacks: DIY Spray for Sleepytime (and Monsters Under the bed)

Bed routines are an important part of winding down for children.  (Image: RyanMcGuire/Pixabay)
Bed routines are an important part of winding down for children. (Image: RyanMcGuire/Pixabay)

Aromatherapy can be an effective tool to incorporate into your child’s sleep routine. Relaxing essential oils, such as chamomile, lavender, and clary sage, really help to lull children into calmness, and quieten busy minds and bodies.

Aromatherapy can be easily incorporated into your bedtime routine. (Image:kerdkanno/pixabay)

Aromatherapy can easily be incorporated into your child’s bedtime routine. (Image:kerdkanno/pixabay)

A sleepytime spray can be used nightly in your child’s bedroom.

You can spray their pillow, so the aroma continues to work for several hours after bedtime, or sprayed directly above them, after they are tucked in—or both.

There are many sleepy-time sprays on the market. However, you can make this yourself, and add the oils that you would like to use.

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own. All you need is a spray bottle with a mist spray, witch hazel, your essential oils, and water.

Use the spray to keep those monster’s away

One great idea I picked up from other moms is using your sleepytime spray as a monster deterrent.

If your child has some night fears, such as monsters under the bed, ghosts, or boogymen, your “monster spray” can help to reassure them, and help them feel safe.

Children have an amazing imagination when it comes to monsters ( Image:artemtation/pixabay)

Children have an amazing imagination when it comes to monsters. ( Image:artemtation/pixabay)

After you tuck your child in, spray the mist under the bed, in wardrobes, and around the room, explaining that monsters hate the smell of flowers, and will definitely stay away.

It may not work, but it’s worth a try!

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