The secret for babies to sleep more is in this type of food, according to study.
Did you forget when was the last time you could sleep a whole night? Small babies are known to interrupt their parents’ sleep, but you can help them sleep by just changing their dinner a little.
According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics , the best way to make a baby less than six months sleep well is to incorporate solids into his dinner. The official recommendation of the World Health Organization is that babies are exclusively breastfed up to six months, but this new research suggests otherwise.
The dream of babies
As per the study, researchers at the University of London, King’s College and St. George followed 1303 three-month-old babies and divided them into two groups. Babies in one group only ate breast milk , while the others also ate some solid foods . In addition, parents had to fill out questionnaires each month until their children turned one year old, and after that every three months until the children were three years old.
This is how they discovered that children who ate some solids not only slept more, but that they woke up less frequently and had fewer problems sleeping than those who only drank milk.
While the revelations seem promising, the differences between the groups of babies were not very large. On average, children who ate solids slept 16 minutes more per night than those who only ate milk. However, while it seems little, two more hours of sleep a week can make a big difference for parents.
While the research contradicts WHO recommendations, according to a BBC interview with Dr. Mary Fewtrell, a nutrition leader at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, those guidelines are under review at the time. However, that does not mean that, if you have a baby, you can incorporate solids into their diet, it is always best to consult a doctor before making any changes in the children’s diet.
What can babies eat?
The first meals of a baby can include the following foods:
- Fruit and vegetables boiled until soft, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples or pears.
- Soft fruits, like peach or melon.
- Rice or cereal for babies mixed with milk.
- Puree of fruits or vegetables.
It is worth remembering that before introducing a new food into the baby’s diet it is better to consult with your pediatrician to recommend the best for your particular case.