Friday, July 17, 2009

Public Service Announcement

As many of you know Sophie has really struggled with sleeping. She does not have "night terrors". She hyper vigilant when it comes to going to sleep, she fights sleep like its the enemy. Once asleep she tends to be very restless. When she was in her crib up against our bed she would get up on her knees and fall back down on the mattress....I thought for sure she was going to break my nose while I slept and she dove on to the bed. We have talked to the attachment therapist about these sleep issues, and he of course has said that it is not uncommon. But the truth of the matter is that if she is tired and not well rested we can not do the attachment work that we need to do to help her feel safe, secure and loved. What to do????? Well my friends I have started using a homeopathic sleep aid made especially for children to help Sophie relax and have a restful sleep. It has made all the difference in the world for the both of us!! A tired cranky toddler with a tired and cranky mommy will not have the energy to have fun together and strengthen attachment.

We have started using Calms Forte for Kids and it is like magic. This is not a sleeping pill. This has allowed Sophie to relax and get the sleep she so desperately needs. This product doesn't even come with a kid proof cap it is that safe! You can buy it at vitamin or health food stores. The directions recommend dissolving under the tongue. Yeah good luck with that, the trick is for your munchkin not to chew the tiny tablet. They taste sweet and dissolve quickly. You give the tablets in 15 minute increments before bedtime. I give Sophie 4 doses of 2 tablets every night and it works great. No more taking an hour to fall asleep, no more waking in the middle of the night, she is talking less in her sleep and the restlessness has all but disappeared.

This product has been a life saver for the both of us!!


2china4S said...

Thank you for the PSA. We are going to try it with our daughter. Once she is asleep she is fine, but when she decides to the fight, she is fierce.

Colleen said...


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Thank you for the info.. I might need this one day..
I am sure I will ask when the time comes..

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

wow, I've never heard of that stuff before. On occasion, maddy has trouble with going to sleep and fights it for a long time. I know exactly what you mean about when baby and mommy don't rest.. UGh

Thanks for the info!

Jill said...

guess where i am going tomorrow!!!!!
hugs, jill

Wanda said...

Thank you for this. My Dahlia has always been a good sleeper and I've been lulled into thinking it will continue with our new daughter (will be heading to China in a couple of weeks for her)but I may have a surprise ahead of me.

I will keep a note of this. I just might need it. Also, it may be good even for DD#1 on the plane.

Sinthea said...

I'm gland you found something. Kimmi had a horrid time sleeping when we got her (same orphanage... hmmmm....) and we decided we needed something to help when we got home so we got the same. They work wonderfully!

Kimmi's sleep is great now, but she'll cycle through something, almost like she's dreaming of some "issues" of the past, early in her coming home. So yes, we keep the Calms on hand!

HOWEVER: Please be aware that this homeopathic gem does have a blood-thinning effect! Kimmi had the 27 little bug bites when we adopted her and itched them for months. If it was a deep bite, she'd really, really bleed- we found out from my alternative medicine guide that it was the Calms. So, if Sophie is up for surgery, you'll probably need to stop the calms at least 1 week beforehand, if not longer.