A new study may have the key for new parents struggling to put their babies to sleep. Researchers suggest that weaning babies onto solid foods sooner will help them sleep longer and wake less.
Solid Food For Babies
The researchers from the study wanted to test whether a baby’s diet could affect their sleeping pattern. The researchers discovered that children who progressed to solid foods did not have any issues with sleep in comparison to the babies that were only breastfed for the first six months of their lives. These new findings go against what the Centers for Disease and Control suggest, that babies should begin to eat solid foods when they reach 6 months.
The study consisted of over 1,000 3-month-old babies from England and Wales who’s parents were asked to either introduce solid food to their babies’ diet or follow the standard protocol and breastfeed their children. During this, the parents answered a questionnaire until their child reached 12 months old and then every 3 months until the child turned 3-years-old.
The questions included how often or how long the baby was breastfed, how much they slept, and how often the baby was fed.
Breast Milk Or Regular Food?
The study revealed that the babies who ate the solid foods as well as breast milk slept longer and had fewer sleeping issues than the ones who only breastfed for six months. While organizations such as the World Health Organization and NHS have advised mothers to give their children solid foods around 6-months-old, these new findings are now being considered as well.