Solid Foods and Sleep: the Myth

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in Healthy Kids

Research indicates no difference in a baby’s sleep patterns when comparing those that ate solid food to babies not eating solid foods before bedtime. Early introduction to solid foods is not recommended by Health Canada before the age of 6 months. You can introduce solid foods between the ages of 4 to 6 months depending on your baby’s readiness to eat. Most guidelines suggest introduction of solids (complimentary foods) by 6 months of age. Contact a SleepdreamsTM sleep consultant to find out more about feeding as it relates to sleep help for your child.

Night Feeding and Sleep

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in 6 to 12 months

Infants need to continue to feed at night. Children are not all the same when considering feeding patterns therefore some may feed more frequently and others may sleep longer. The overall goal recognized in research is that children should be sleeping a long sleep trajectory (6 hours of sleep) by 5 months of age. This is not to say they should not feed at all during the night, but that they are sleeping for a longer stretch and then feeding and sleeping, feeding etc… Babies may continue to need to feed at night past the age of six months. Contact us to ensure you are meeting your baby’s nutritional needs before changing feeds as part of sleep training.

Bedtime Routines

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in 6 to 12 months

Keep your bedtime routine consistent so that your child understands that bedtime is coming. They won’t understand your words just yet but this helps to establish the cues for bedtime.

Nutrition and Sleep for Baby

Written by Sleepdreams. Posted in 6 to 12 months

It is critical in the early months for a child’s normal growth and development to get the nutritional intake that they need. Before 6 months of age you should be responding to your child's needs - they need you and its possible they are hungry! The fatty (hind milk) in breastmilk is key to brain development. Feeding plays such an important role in the healthy development of your child and is important when addressing sleep goals. Trust in a professional paediatric health expert at SleepdreamsTM to get the appropriate advice around feeding and sleep.

Melatonin, the Body’s Natural Sleep Aid

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in 6 to 12 months

Help your child get to sleep by keeping bedtime the same as the body’s natural release of melatonin (a hormone produced by the body to signal bedtime to the brain). This is around 7 to 7:30 pm. Waiting too long after this may make it more difficult for your child to get to sleep.