Sleepytime Baby Banana Pops

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Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

I was first introduced to the idea of incorporating chamomile tea in baby popsicles by a fellow mom of a parents group I am a member of.  She is knowledgeable about herbal remedies for kids/babies, and cleverly refers to the frozen treats as “herbsicles”.

Chamomile is a gentle, naturally caffeine-free herb that not only has the ability to induce a calm demeanor conducive to sleep, but can also settle gastrointestinal upsets, which are common amongst babies. Fortunately, Lily has never suffered from colic, but she is a wakeful 8 month old who sometimes has difficulty settling down for sleep; especially now that she’s actively exploring her new world!

The other two ingredients in these pops – yogurt & banana – are also recognized as gentle & natural sleep aids. The former contains tryptophan (yep, just like Thanksgiving Day turkey!), and calcium, which can reduce stress. The latter are chock full of both magnesium & potassium, which can relax overactive muscles.

I know there is some concern about giving babies dairy products before the age of one, but yogurt & cheese are generally considered safer than cow’s milk. Here’s more information on the topic if you’re interested.

So… am I claiming that these tasty little pops will turn your son or daughter into a magicsleepingbaby? Of course not! But if there’s even the slightest chance that they might help to mellow your baby before bed or naptime, isn’t it worth a shot?

Lily loves the popsicles, but big kids and adults are sure to enjoy them as well!

Sleepytime Baby Banana Pops

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Keywords: dessert snack breakfast

Ingredients (yield depends on size of popsicle molds)

  • 1 medium-sized very ripe banana, preferably organic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup brewed chamomile tea, cooled completely

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend/process until smooth.

Pour into baby popsicle molds (I like these). Freeze until frozen, at least 2-3 hours for small molds (longer for larger molds).

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