- Fill up on omega-3 essential fatty acids: These are found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, avocado, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed vegetable oils. For more easy tips check out our article on how to get your toddler to eat more fish.
- Give them protein at dinner: This helps stabilise blood sugar levels and prevent him waking three or four hours after going to bed.
- Add zinc to their diet: Zinc-deficient toddlers may be difficult to settle so add sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tahini – perfect in Bliss Balls – and pumpkin seeds to their diet. Lamb and beef are also good sources of zinc.
- Make use of magnesium: Imagine how you feel after a big Epsom salt bath – like your body has melted! Magnesium is a muscle relaxant that relaxes and de-stresses all muscles and aides falling asleep. Increase green leafy vegetables with a Baked Potato with Spinach and Cheese, or have a bath with Epsom salts and two drops of lavender essential oil. Encourage a longer bath if possible by reading their favourite book.