Babies sleep better when they begin solid food early, study says

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  • Babies given solid foods early slept about 7 minutes longer, on average, each night
  • Parents of the early solid food babies also reported fewer serious sleep problems

(CNN)Both the UK National Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed until about 6 months of age and then begin to introduce solid foods.

Yet, an alternative feeding plan is also safe for babies, new research suggests.
    Introducing a child to solid baby foods after just 3 months was associated with a small but significant improvement in nighttime sleep and slightly fewer wakings throughout the week compared with babies who began eating solids later, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.