Exhausted mother Caroline was growing increasingly tired that her baby boy Alf couldn’t sleep through the night, so she decided to give Sainsbury’s £3 ‘Sleep Well’ milk
Image: Caroline Hemmingham)
However, while helping your child learn to have healthy sleep habits can be incredibly difficult and complicated, one mother decided to see if Sainsbury’s £3 ‘Sleep well’ milk offers the promise of a good night’s sleep.
Mother Caroline, who works as a reporter for Hull Livedecided to give the drink Sleep Well Oat to her toddler, Alf has always struggled with insomnia throughout the night.
Sleeping milk contains an ingredient called valerian, known for helping people of all ages relax and can be found in three different flavors, including chocolate – currently on sale at Sainsbury’s for £3 a bottle.
Here’s what happened when Caroline tried to give her son Alf milk:
Even while pregnant with him, I was reading a baby sleep book that promised to put them to sleep from about five weeks, or something magical like that. So with all our experience with our daughter and my newfound knowledge from the bible about this sleep, I am extremely confident that sleep will not be an issue for Alf. .
And in those first days, things were great – they always are when you’re in that newborn bubble, right? However, from about four months later, when the dreaded four-month sleep regression occurred, things took a turn for the worse. Alf is now two years old and he never sleeps peacefully. Well, unless you’re counting sleep until 4am. I’m not.
We think we finally cracked it a few months ago. He happily went to bed in his crib, alone, even telling us “goodbye” in a sweet little voice as we wished him good night and left the room.
But very quickly, things took a turn for the worst and Alf was rummaging through his small sleeping bag. We also realized that he can now climb out of his crib and not be very happy to go to bed. So we bought him a new “big bed” but of course, he didn’t want to be in it and we found ourselves having to share our bed with him from around midnight every night.
I know many parents who sleep together and enjoy it. But I no. Our standard double bed was not big enough for the three of us. So again, last week, I did an internet search for ‘how to get a two year old to sleep well’ and the first thing that popped up was an image of something called ‘Sleep well’ milk. One quick click and I see good reviews. I am selling.
What’s in it?
Sleep Well says it’s made with Jersey Milk, honey, vanilla and valerian – thought to be a natural ingredient that can help you fall asleep. It says on the product’s website ‘Verilla root has been helping people relax and help them sleep for almost 2000 years. Our valerian herbs are grown and harvested in the UK and are of the highest quality. ‘
It is stated on the website that for children under three years of age, parents should always check with their GP or other health professional and consider giving a serving less than 100ml. It also states that milk is not suitable for people who are pregnant or nursing.
I decided to take my chance and only give Alf half a barrel. He’s fit, healthy, and allergy-free so I don’t think I need to consult my GP first.
So did it work?
I have a pack of three cans of sleeping milk and I will tell you a report of what happened three nights in a row that Alf drank before going to bed.
Alf always has a bottle of milk before going to bed. He doesn’t always fall asleep on it but he loves it. In fact, he loves his milk so much that he has several bottles of milk a day. And for those who say “he still shouldn’t drink milk from the bottle”, I know. That’s a challenge to tackle in another week.
So we went to bed. On this particular night, I was tasked with putting the kids to bed alone because my husband got home late from work, so knowing what challenge can get a two-year-old and a three-year-old to bed alone. myself, I let both. Give them milk in my bed and turn on the TV to make them as sleepy as possible. More vices, I know, I know.
When we were both comfortable, I opened the sleeping milk and poured it into Alf’s bottle and the first thing I noticed was how lovely it smelled. I knew he would eat it alive. They say milk should be drunk about half an hour before bedtime and after about 20 minutes Alf looks quite sleepy. “It’s working,” I thought to myself.
And he slept very well that night. But unfortunately we had one of the worst nights in a long time. He cried a lot and then woke up at 5:30 am the next morning. I really don’t think her waking up that night crying had anything to do with milk as I thought if that was the case she would have been sick. Keep it up with the trial version…
On the second night I didn’t go to bed alone so my husband fed Alf sleeping milk and put him to bed. Again, he finished his drink and went to sleep, in his own bed, perfectly fine.
He woke up several times during the night but was quickly back in his bed. And the next morning, he didn’t wake up until 6:30 a.m. – a new record for Alf in his eldest son’s bed.
Again, my husband put him to bed and he actually fell asleep on the sleeping bottle that night. Again, he woke up several times during the night. One of those times he has rolled out of his bed but he is still getting used to being in a proper bed so it will happen. Around 5am, Alf got into our bed but then slept ‘until 7am. I will happily accept that.
So in conclusion to my basic and brief experiment, can I say that sleeping milk is effective? Probably. He enjoyed it very much and he went to bed quite early after drinking it. We also had two nights where he slept in his new bed longer than he did before.
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