Does Starting Solids Affect Baby's Sleep? Here's What You Need To KnowFeb 28, 2023
Are you wondering if starting solids is disrupting your baby's sleep? If so, you're not alone. Feeding your baby solid foods for the first time is an exciting milestone in their development.
Many parents have some questions and concerns about how introducing solids affects their baby's sleep patterns.
In this article, we'll explore when to start solids, what can cause sleep problems and solutions for helping your baby get a better night's rest.
Starting Solids and Sleep Routines: What You Need To Know
One of the new parents' first questions is when to start their baby on solids.
Most parents are anxious to start their baby on solids, especially if they sleep poorly. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends starting solid foods around six months old. However, some parents wait until their baby is closer to 8 or 9 months old.
But does starting solids affect a baby's sleep?
Here's what you need to know:
- There is no evidence that states starting solids has any impact on sleep. Most babies who start solids sleep just as well as they did before starting solids.
- Some parents find that their baby sleeps better after starting solids. But this is likely because the baby is more comfortable and not because of any direct effect of the solid food itself.
- If your baby is not sleeping well, consult your pediatrician to rule out any medical causes. Starting solids is not likely to improve your baby's sleep if there is an underlying medical issue.
- Remember that every baby is different and will respond differently to solid foods. Some babies may sleep better after starting solids, while others may not see any change in their sleep patterns.
Introducing new foods to your baby too quickly can cause digestive discomfort, which could further affect their sleep.
How Do I Know If Starting Solids Is Causing Problems With My Baby's Sleep?
It can be challenging to know whether or not starting solids is causing problems with your baby's sleep. If you have noticed that your baby is more fussy than usual, has trouble sleeping through the night, or is waking up more often, it may be due to starting solids.
Keep a few things in mind when starting your baby on solid foods.
- Start with a few bites once or twice daily and gradually increase as your baby gets used to it.
- Offer various healthy options and let your baby decide what they want to eat.
And finally, don't be surprised if your baby doesn't sleep through the night after starting solids – this is entirely normal!
What Can I Do To Help My Baby Sleep Better?
You can do a few things to help your baby sleep better once you start solid foods.
- Try to keep mealtimes and bedtimes routine. This will help your baby know when it's time to eat and when it's time to sleep.
- Make sure your baby's bedroom is dark and quiet. It will help them relax and fall asleep more easily.
Say goodbye to sleepless nights and hello to a well-rested family! If your baby still has trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor or a newborn sleep trainer about other possible solutions. Newborn Sleep Company specializes in providing overnight newborn care and pediatric sleep consulting that can transform your sleep experience.
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