Tired parents will try almost anything to get baby to sleep for a little longer each night. Could choosing the right food at dinner time be the key to more precious sleep time for little ones and you?
When it comes to getting baby to sleep (and lots of other parenting challenges) it seems like everyone has an opinion to offer. And practically every parent will have heard the old favourite about feeding baby rice to send little one off to sleep with a full tummy.
The problem is that babies are not the same as the rest of us. They have smaller tummies and digest food at a different rate.
All foods provide energy, but some have a more rousing effect than others. The most common examples are caffeine and sugar. Most parents will welcome the energising rush of an early morning coffee and would never dream of giving such stimulating substances to their little ones. But sugar in sweets, fruit juices and chocolate (which can also contain caffeine) could also have babies bouncing around at bedtime.
So what foods should you choose to feed your little one to encourage them to have a more restful night’s sleep?
If your baby is starting to wean off milk and you’re introducing solid foods (from around 6 months onwards),
you’re probably already trying a variety of different things, from purees to porridge and rice, finger foods and fruit. The most important thing is to keep food healthy, nutritious and easy for baby to digest.
But there are certain foods that could help your baby sleep sooner and for longer. These include: