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Solids and its Effects on Baby Sleep

by | Oct 11, 2023 | baby feeding, bumps in the road, daytime schedule, Quick Baby Sleep Tips, transitions | 1 comment

Starting to offer your baby solids is a very exciting milestone.  I remember offering my oldest son mashed avocado at 4 months.  After all he had great neck control and he showed an interest in food.  As far as I knew those were the only two things that needed to be in place in order for it to be ok to offer him solids.
 
 
 
What I didn’t know is that offering a baby too many solids can have a negative effect on your baby’s sleep.  I can’t tell you how many times I work with families who are feeding their baby 3 meals a day.  They have solids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and only have a small bottle or nurse for a few minutes before bed.
 
 
 
These families are my clients because they are up all night feeding their baby.
 
 
 
Now, I get it… some babies really enjoy solids.  Once babies get to a certain age they will even swipe food right off your plate or fork.
 
 
I am by no means telling you not to offer your baby solids.  Solids are a great experience for your little one.  It is fun for your baby to try new textures and tastes.  Not to mention that a lot of baby foods are packed with nutrients.  These are all great things.
 
 
 
The thing you have to keep in mind is that babies should be consuming about 24-30 ounces of formula or breastmilk in a 24 hour period.  So if your baby fills up on pureed apples or sweet potatoes they won’t have room to nurse or have a bottle and will likely refuse.
 
 
 
Babies are made to survive.  Your baby’s body is going to recognize those missed calories and guess when they are going to want to consume them?
 
 
 
Did you just say “in the middle of the night” out loud?  If you did you are right.  Do you see how this can cause a problem with sleep?  You now have a baby who eats solids all day and wakes up multiple times a night to consume calories needed in a day.
 
 
 
If you would like to offer your baby solids I suggest doing it about 20-30 minutes after a good full feed, and I would suggest only offering in the morning and afternoon.
 
 
 
If you are really focusing on your baby’s sleep ease off solids all together.  Once your baby is sleeping better you can start to gradually reintroduce.
 
 
 
Questions about solids and baby sleep?  Drop them in the comments.  I’d love to help!

 

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