If you want to sleep – feed the baby

If you want to sleep – feed the baby

24.05.2022 0 By admin

One of the most popular questions in the parenting environment: “Is it possible or still not worth feeding young children before bed?” The famous pediatrician and author of many books, Yevgeny Komarovsky, answers: “Be guided by the needs of the child.”

These are adults who today travel exclusively by transport, do not always visit the gym and lead an extremely sedentary lifestyle, it is definitely not worth eating at night. Moreover, an adult body overloaded with daytime cares will be busy digesting food for most of the night, especially if it was heavy. And because he, the body, will not be able to fully relax.

Small children are a completely different matter. First, they grow rapidly, and therefore their energy costs are high. Secondly, babies are very mobile and active during the day. Therefore, obesity from eating before bedtime is unlikely to threaten them.

Those parents who are concerned about the question: to feed or not to feed, should listen to the needs of the baby. If, after a late dinner, the child sleeps restlessly, begins to act up while eating, and then cannot fall asleep for a long time, then it makes sense to postpone the feeding to a slightly earlier time.

But most children still prefer to have a snack at bedtime. “Think for yourself, will it be easy for you to fall asleep on an empty stomach?” Dr. Komarovsky recommends using personal experience. Of course, the majority will answer this question in the negative. A light snack makes the transition to the realm of dreams more enjoyable.

If the baby eats at night and in this case will sleep enough until the morning, the parents will also have the opportunity to fully sleep and recuperate. So the child should definitely be fed before bedtime, the pediatrician is sure.