I hear that all the time. I know its an old wives tale. Your grandmother probably told you, Oh, put cereal in a bottle with breast milk or the formula, and this baby will sleep all night. The truth is that is not true.
You want to be very careful and cautious about when you introduce solids to your baby. Theres a lot of evidence that suggests starting solids too early can lead to some allergies in the future.
The rule of thumb around solids is anywhere between the fifth and sixth month, not before. I know its so tempting when youve got a three or four-month-old baby who is up every hour, hour and a half throughout the night, and youre thinking
What can I do?
Youre grasping at straws thinking, Is there anything I can do to help this baby sleep well? Food is not the problem unless, youve got a baby whos been struggling with weight and has any kind of health issues. Then, yes, food might be the issue. Theyre waking through the night and look for food, because they truly need it.
For any healthy baby whos gained weight well, food is not the problem. You need to look at how does this baby falls asleep initially.
Most of the time its theyre rocked to sleep. Theyre feed to sleep. Theyre bounced to sleep. What they have done then is associated the feeding, and the bouncing, and the rocking with sleep.
Therefore, an hour and a half, two hours into their night theyre going to have a wake-up. That is normal and natural. Theres no way around that.
Maybe my baby is hungry…
Everybody has wake-ups through the night. However, if theyre used to being fed, bounced, rocked, you name it at bed time, then theyre going to wake through the night looking for that again
For example feeding that is hands down the number one reason why babys waking through the night because of the association between the feeding and the sleep, not the food. That gets confusing. I get it.
You think your babys waking up from hunger, but really its the strategy that that babys using to get himself to sleep every night. Its nice that he gets food with it. Thats a little bonus, and Im sure he appreciates it, but its more the strategy.
Before you run to the store, buy yourself some cereal and give that a try, I want you to stop yourself and have a good look at how does this baby fall asleep at night? That is the first place you need to start to teach him to sleep well and through the night.
Is this information useful to you and your family? I would love to hear your feedback regarding your sleep routine.