Add these foods to your baby’s dinner menu! Here’s why

So you have dimmed the lights, put on the lullaby, set the temperature right and your baby is still wide awake, smiling at you. Well, firstly, welcome to motherhood. Putting a baby to sleep is a hard task, especially if you have had a long day or not slept all night. However, apart from lullabies, white noise apps, and a perfect room, there is one more thing you can do in order help your baby sleep faster and sounder.

Did you know some foods can help babies fall into a deep slumber? Mommies, here are 5 foods that will help your baby snooze off!

1. Banana

We see that smile! Banana is a favourite for most babies and thankfully it contains tryptophan, an amino acid that the brain uses to make serotonin and melatonin. These hormones have a relaxing role on the brain, encouraging deep sleep. Besides, they are rich in magnesium and potassium and also act as a muscle relaxant.

2. Milk

Needless to say, milk is one thing that helps babies snooze off effortlessly. In fact, we all, as kids have at some point had a glass of milk before we hit the sack (even if it was forceful). Milk is rich in calcium and tryptophan. The calcium converts tryptophan into melatonin thus, playing a role in regulating sleep.

3. Whole grains

Whole grains are rich in carbohydrates, which in turn makes tryptophan easily available to the brain. Also, whole grains promote insulin production, resulting in tryptophan activity. Lastly, the magnesium in whole grains also helps to put your baby to sleep for longer.

4. Yogurt

The Calcium in yogurt does the magic needed to put your baby to sleep. Calcium processed tryptophan and melatonin, just like it does in milk. Hence, homemade yoghurt is a great dish to include in your baby’s dinner menu.

5. Oatmeal

Feed your baby a bowl of oatmeal in the night. Besides boosting nutrition and adding fibre, the melatonin and complex carbs in oats also help the baby enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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