Study: Eating solid foods earlier promotes better sleep in babies

CNN - Some mothers have long suspected it, and now a new study confirms that babies may sleep better when they begin eating solid foods earlier.

According to a study published in the JAMA Pediatrics Journal , introducing a child to solid baby foods at three months resulted in small but significant improvements during night-time sleep.

The babies who ate solid foods during the study, slept about 17 minutes longer, which can mean up to two extra hours of sleep per week.

In addition, the solid food eaters also woke up less frequently throughout the night, with researchers measuring about two fewer middle-of-the-night wake-ups!

However, doctors still are emphasizing the importance of continued breastfeeding, in addition to the introduction of solid food. Pediatricians say it's important that an early introduction of solids does not result in a decrease in breast milk.

Breast milk provides valuable nutrition that babies benefit greatly from in the beginning stages of life.