Feed Toddlers This Food to Help Make Bedtime Easier

georgeWith baby #5 on the way in a matter of weeks I am ALL about sleep, and that means making sure that the rest of my gang is getting a good night's sleep. Easier said than done, trust me, I know (my four year old woke me up at 5am this morning to make him a paper airplane). But there are some tricks of the trade you can try out to help send your little snuggler to snoozeland that much easier...

First up, if your little one is into ice pops, try out these recipes from last month. I usually give them to the kids in the tub to cut down on the mess, because let's face it, the last thing we want as parents is a messy child to clean up right before bedtime. There is one ingredient in these pops though that stands out as a superfood for sleepiness, and it's one you might not know about...bananas.

Yes, bananas can be the trick that will take your toddler from overtired crank monster to sleeping angel. Why? Bananas contain melatonin, as well as serotonin, which helps to calm you and regulate sleep cycles. They also contain magnesium and potassium, both of which are muscle relaxers. All that in a banana? Who knew?!

Now let's get to picky eaters though, because you can lead a toddler to a banana but you can't make them eat it. That's why I've rounded up some toddler friendly recipes to make this sleepytime food a little bit more appealing.

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This banana toast recipe is good for babies that are just starting out on solids, it's a great soft finger food with different tastes and textures. Click here for the full recipe from One Handed Cooks.

These banana bites take a childhood favorite food and pair them with bite sized bananas to take some of the "sliminess" out of eating bananas for the little ones (genius idea). Click here for the full recipe from A Little Nosh.

Sweeten the deal a little bit for older toddlers who can have peanut butter with this spin on a banana dessert that might entice them to try something new. Click here for the recipe from Sweet as Honey.

The best part is you don't have to save these for just bedtime, they are also a great pre-naptime snack too (unless you are in the process of letting go of those, and in that case, I really feel for you). Good luck mamas and sleep tight! xoxo

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