This easy and tasty baby oatmeal recipe is made with 3 simple ingredients that are sure to help your baby sleep better through the night.
This recipe is better for babies who have been eating solids for a couple months.
It’s made with ingredients that help babies sleep better and put them in a relaxed state before bed.
I made this exact recipe often for my rough sleeper and it always helped him rest better, which is how I got more sleep as a new mom too!
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Sleepy Time Oatmeal Ingredients
How It Helps Your Baby Sleep
Bananas are a sleep-promoting food
Bananas are a special food to help your body get ready for sleep. This makes it a perfect treat for children and babies before bed.
They are high in potassium and magnesium both of which help relax your muscles and nerves and make feel ready for sleep.
Also, this study shows that banana’s help your body produce melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy.
Chamomile is a safe, calming herb
This recipe calls for a small amount of chamomile tea. Chamomile is a nervine, and is well known for helping to calm the nerves.
This literature review states
“Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid, apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain”
We have used chamomile in our house long before our children came, and we started giving them chamomile as soon as teething pains started.
Making a big pot of chamomile tea at night is a great family tradition to help everyone feel more relaxed and calm for bed. With this oatmeal recipe, you can easily incorporate it into your babies nighttime routine as well.
Oatmeal is another sleep food
Oats are high in B6 (which helps reduce stress) and help the body produce melatonin (similar to the banana.)
How to Make Sleepy Time Oatmeal
To make this make the baby oat cereal as you normally would, but instead of water, use warm chamomile tea. Then add a bit of mashed banana.
The chamomile adds a light sweetness to the oatmeal, and the banana makes it so sweet that any baby would love this, even without any kind of sweetener.
This delicious oatmeal should help your baby sleep better through the night, plus offer a nourishing snack before bed.
Only give this recipe to babies old enough for solids. If your a breastfeeding mom, you can add a little bit of breastmilk to it if you like as well.
Mix 1 serving of baby oatmeal with warm chamomile tea. Mash in 1/2 of a ripe banana into the oatmeal. Serve to baby.
Always check the temperature to make sure it's not too hot for baby. Chamomile is safe for babies, however some people who are allergic to ragweed can also be allergic to chamomile.
You can test for allergies by rubbing a small amount on babies skin the day before.