Short Sleep Risk Factors in Infants

Many parents believe that solid food before bedtime enhances the sleep duration of their infants. However, researchers have highlighted that the early introduction of solid food and television viewing are significant risk factors for shorter sleep through two years old. At age one year the impact of solid food introduced before 4 months of age was greater than maternal prenatal depression. Amazingly, each hour of television viewing per week shortened sleep by .11 hours per day!

PositiveTip: Babies need to be breast fed if at all possible until they are really ready for solid foods. Keep the TV off too!