Reed doesn’t take to napping easily. He would rather look around and smile and play until he is severely overtired and grumpy. Getting him to sleep can be amusing, stressful, funny, frustrating, meditative, sweet, restful, and any combination thereof.
So, I have taken to drinking a calming herbal tea I learned to make from this book while nursing the little one before trying to get him down. I don’t know if it’s the smell that settles him in, if it effects the milk, or if it just relaxes him through me, but it does seem to have an effect. Either way, the tea is very pleasant and very nice to take whenever you want to wind things down. Catnip is more known around here for the effects it has on cats, but it has a much longer history of human consumption. Don’t buy it from your pet store, but look for it where loose herbs and teas are sold (try a local co-op or alternative health store or just grow your own). In humans, rather than creating a wild euphoria, it is quite sedative.
1 part chamomile
1 part fennel seed
1 part catnip
Steep ten minutes.