Could choosing the right food be the key to more precious sleep time for little ones and you?
If your baby won’t sleep after eating, or you’re hoping to feed baby to sleep through the night, here are our top tips for the best baby food to give baby before bed to encourage them to sleep better.
Bedtime foods when weaning
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 foods, 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.
Foods that can help your little one sleep through the night
Rice - Brown rice is very nutritious for babies and white rice is easy to digest and light on the stomach. Rice pudding is a popular dessert that could help your little one sleep.
Whole grain cereal with milk - Combining diary and cereal will help encourage your baby to naturally produce sleepy hormones.
Spinach - We all know the importance of including those power-packed leafy green veggies in our little one’s diets. The bonus is that dark leafy greens such as spinach are also high in tryptophan (an amino acid that supports the production of the sleep hormone melatonin).
Other foods that contain tryptophan include...
- Wheat and oats (found in whole grain cereals and porridge)
- Tofu and soy products
- Chicken and turkey
- Pulses, beans and legumes
Salmon - Salmon is one of the best sources of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Not only do these essential fatty acids play a critical role in your baby’s brain and visual development, but research has found that DHA also increases serotonin levels which could help your baby to nod-off naturally.