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
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
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).