Will Putting Cereal In My Baby's Bottle Help Her Sleep?

hi I'm Dana o Bowman welcome to this

week's video blog today I had an

interesting question that I think we

should talk about here today and that is

will putting cereal in my baby's bottle

help him sleep better and I hear that

all the time and I know it's sort of an

old wives tale your grandmother probably

told you oh just put cereal in the

breast milk or the formula and this baby

will sleep all night and the truth is

that that is not true

really you want to be very careful and

cautious about when you introduce solids

to your baby there's a lot of evidence

that suggests starting solids too early

can lead to some allergies in the future

so the rule of thumb around solids is

anywhere between the fifth and sixth

months not before and I know it's so

tempting when you've got a three or four

month old baby who is up every hour hour

and a half throughout the night and

you're thinking what can I do and you're

really kind of grasping at straws

thinking of you know is there anything I

can do to help this baby sleep well food

is not the problem okay unless of course

you've got a baby who's been struggling

with weight and has any kind of health

issues then yes food might be the issue

and they're waking through the night

looking for food because they truly need

it but for any healthy baby who's gained

weight well food is not the problem you

really need to look at how does this

baby fall asleep initially most of the

time it's there rocked to sleep they're

fed to sleep they're bounced to sleep so

what they have done then is associated

the feeding and the bouncing in the

rocking with sleep there for an hour and

a half two hours into their night

they're going to have a wake up that is

just normal and natural there's no way

around that

everybody has wake up's through the

night however if they're used to being

fed bounced rocked you name it at at

bedtime then they're going to wake

through the night look

for that again so for example feeding

that is probably hands-down the number

one reason why a baby's waking through

the night is because of the association

between the feeding and the sleep not

the food and that gets really confusing

I totally get it

you think your baby's waking up from

hunger but really it's just the strategy

that that babies using to get his self

to sleep every night so it's nice to get

it food with it that's a little bonus

and I'm sure he appreciates it but it's

more the strategy okay so before you run

to the store and 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

and that is the first place you need to

start to teach him to sleep well and

through the night thanks for watching

sleep well