Ayurveda For Toddlers

Ayurveda For Toddlers: An Ancient Indian Daily Routine For Little Ones

Generally speaking, children at 12 to 36 months of age are considered toddlers. The word ‘toddler’ is derived from ‘to toddle’ which means to walk unsteadily. In addition to learning to walk, toddlers sensory and cognitive skills will be improved during this period and social and emotional development also happens during this time.

Ayurveda generally considers childhood as a period predominant in Kapha Dosha. Childhood is all about growth, accumulation of body mass and the formation of tissues. This increased kapha influence is complicated by the fact that childhood is also the stage during which we develop immunity.

Ayurveda addresses every aspect of a child’s health starting from the period before conception. For developing proper immunity, along with health and hygiene, it’s always good to maintain a routine which can help in increasing the sattva guna (positive qualities) in themselves.

Ayurveda For Toddlers

This is what a typical day of my daughter (16 months) looks like. This is a perfect daily routine for your little one.

1. Early to bed, Early to rise

Maintain an early bird lifestyle for your toddler. My little girl wakes up around 6am and goes to bed around 9pm at night.

2. Wash Up

Brush their tiny wing teeth with a pinch of salt and cinnamon powder. Wash their face in warm water.

3. Build Immunity

Everyday give them an Ayurvedic massage or Abhyanga with Nalpamaradi Kera Thailam or sesame oil. Do head massage with virgin coconut oil. Massage the crown of the head in long circular clockwise strokes.

4. Bathe Naturally

After Abhyanga, give them a hot water bath. Instead of soap, use a homemade herbal bath powder like this one.

Ayurvedic Herbal Bath Powder For Toddlers

Ingredients
2 cups green gram
2 cups rose petals
1 cup ashoka flowers (Saraca Ashoka)

Directions
Take the ingredients on a plate and dry them inside for three days. If its summer time after 3 days, place them outside to dry in the sun’s rays for one additional day. Once dry, place everything in a blender and powder finely. Sieve and keep in an air tight container.

While giving your toddler a bath, instead of soap you can use this powder. It makes the baby’s skin soft and keeps it moisturized. It is very important to get rid of the oil while bathing, or else the baby may catch cold.

After the bath, a clean cotton towel can be used to dry their body. Don’t rub. Dry them gently, patting with a towel.

5. Break The Fast

Breakfast is usually rice pancakes, sautéed vegetables or banana. After breakfast, give them a daytime nap. My toddler’s nap will last for two hours.

6. Lunch Time

Lunch is usually rice and moong dal kichadi, an easy to digest bean soup, with some vegetables like carrots, spinach and broccoli.

7. Play

Limit screen time to a maximum of half an hour per day. Instead given them toys or books of their choice.

8. Time To Eat

Dinner is given at an early hour around 7pm and consists of grains, vegetables and fruits.

9. Nighttime

Before bed, give them a gentle hot water bath and apply oil to the feet. Giving a warm body bath and oiling the soles of the feet is soothing and can induce good sleep in toddlers. Put them to bed by 8:30-9pm.

Maintaining a typical daily routine helps your child to gain a rhythmic, balanced physiology and emotional stability. When Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha are in balance, the mind and body are at peace. Also, following a routine helps in getting proper digestion, assimilation and intellectual abilities in children.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

7 comments

  1. Does it mean a baby gets 2 baths a day, one in the morning and one before the bed time?

  2. Hi màm. Thank you so much for ur information. My 17 months old daughter doesnt have head full of hair. I can c her scalp. When she was born she had head full of hair. We shaved her head every 3 months like. When the hair grows it looks very thick and grows head full. By the time it grows the is thin and I can c her scalp. Please help with a good oil to make at home to get a thick black and fast growing hair.

    • Oil massage is one of the must for babies, but the selection of oil depends on a few criteria like overall health and built, skin type etc. So it’s always better to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for a detailed advice and consultation. Generally for babies Virgin coconut oil is ideal for applying in head. Warm the oil slightly and apply. Remember to follow a balanced diet with enough Vitamin D and proteins to ensure proper hair growth.
      Hair growth aiding food include – Sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, spinach, eggs, salmon etc.

  3. Hi ! Doesn’t applying oil on feet at night increase cold symptoms?

  4. Very nice information mam… Being a mother this information values a lot for me.

    Thank you!

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