• Adela

Biggest Misconception About Starting Solids

Updated: Jun 25


Will Solid Food Help Baby Sleep?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of parents who use this trick find that, even if it’s successful at first, the results are only temporary, and here’s the reason why...


As adults, we know that sleeping on an empty stomach is challenging, to say the least. We also know that staying awake when you’ve just eaten a big, hearty meal is next to impossible.


So the notion that a little food should take longer to digest than breastmilk or formula, which will keep them feeling full for longer, and therefore help them sleep through the night, seems reasonable at face value.




Now, any parent who has experienced a baby who isn’t sleeping well is probably anxious to find the reason why, and is likely to try anything they deem as safe and potentially effective in order to remedy the situation.


Unfortunately, the vast majority of parents who use this trick find that, even if it’s successful at first, the results are only temporary, and here’s the reason why...


Once your baby reaches a certain age and weight, (I’ll just use the 6 month mark here as a happy medium) waking in the night isn’t about food.


I’ve heard from parents who were getting up with their little ones 8-9 times a night, claiming that their baby was waking that often to eat.


Sure, baby might have nursed a little every time they were offered the breast, but that doesn’t mean that they were hungry. What is much more likely is that baby’s become dependant on nursing as a method to get to sleep. After all, if they’ve nursed to sleep every time they’ve woken up for the first six months of their lives, it only makes sense that they won’t be able to get to sleep without that familiar routine.


I offer a free 15-Minute Sleep Assessment so I can get to know the specifics about your little one’s situation and you can learn how I can help with my private consultations, so book a call now and we can move forward as soon as you’re ready to get your little one sleeping through the night!