Maybe our grandparent’s advice on feeding solids to our children might be advice worth taking. A recent study in JAMA Pediatrics done in the UK found that babies aged 3 months that ate solid food more often woke less during the nights and slept for more than 4 hours at a time then babies who only started eating solids at 6 months. These babies who started eating sooner slept about 16.6 minutes longer and only woke up about once per night compared to their studied counterparts that woke up twice per night. Still, pediatricians still urge parents to exclusively bottle or breast until 6 months, before introducing solids.
However, to those that struggle with breastfeeding, the most important advice we can give, is just to make sure baby is fed whether it is bottle or formula, and parents are happy and healthy.
At what age did you start to introduce solids?
What tricks did you use to get your baby to sleep through the night?
We would love to hear your stories! Let us know.