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Desserts Helping Babies and Toddlers Sleep

Posted by Karen Faulkner on
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I get asked a lot for dessert ideas so I think it's timely I gave you a few! These are all from 4 months. For babies under 6 months blend the pudding with a food processor or bamix until very smooth. Babies over 6 months can have less pureed textures and over 7 months start to introduce lumpy food.

As you probably know the Australian Society of Immunologists and Allergists recommends starting solids now between 4-6 months of age and introducing one new food every 2-3 days, veggies first and fruit second.

We want to help those little tastebuds develop healthier preferences.

Babies over 6 months really benefit from main and dessert at lunch and evening meal. They need much more calories for sleep and growth. You can add cream, ricotta and mascarpone to dessert to make the food calorie dense. Dairy has double the calories of carbohydrates.

We know that diet is so important when we look at our baby sleep holistically. We also know that low Glycaemic Index (GI) carbs and protein really help sleep. The balance of nutrients is really crucial. Read my blog on this topic here:

Giving yoghurt without the balance of carbohydrates and fruit is a sleeping disaster and is counterproductive to sleep. I come across many many babies having just yoghurt for breakfast and for dessert. Read my blog on this topic here:

chia dessert

A really great dessert recipe that ticks all the boxes for promoting sleep

Banana and chia seed with coconut cream/milk - low glycemic index banana, protein - chia seeds and dairy free - coconut cream.

List of desserts promoting sleep

Avocado and banana mashed together into a puree

Banana, strawberries and thickened cream with oats or quinoa flakes - pre-soak oats and quinoa flakes with water and a teaspoon of lemon juice for 12-24 hours to deactivate the phytic acid which inhibits mineral absorption. One cup of oats to 1.5 cups of water.

Brown rice pudding (made with full cream cows milk or coconut, almond milk) with pureed fruit (apple, pear or stone fruits - nectarine, peaches and plums, banana's). Add a pinch of cinnamon to lower the GI even further.
Bobs Red Mill Creamy Rice
  • Bobs Red Mill does a really good brown rice that makes rice pudding in 5 minutes because it's finely milled. Most health food shops and About Life in the Eastern Suburbs stock this.
Semolina with pureed fruit, made with full cream cows milk, almond or coconut milk. Tapioca with pureed fruit, made with full cream cows milk, almond or coconut milk Oat and quinoa porridge (quinoa flakes) with pureed fruit, made with full cream cows milk or coconut milk - pre-soak oats with water and a teaspoon of lemon juice for 12-24 hours to deactivate the phytic acid which inhibits mineral absorption. One cup of oats to 1.5 cups of water. Quinoa flakes do not need pre-soaking.

Purple Chia pudding

Older babies can pick up finger foods

    • Wholemeal or spelt muffins made with fruit pieces - stone fruits, banana or pear are perfect -
    • French toast made with brioche, banana and a tiny bit of maple syrup or agave nectar (I know its fructose but a little of what you fancy does you good and it's not white sugar!)

    • Peanut butter and organic cocoa nests with blueberries and raspberries

Hopefully, I've given you some really great dessert ideas to help your baby sleep much better :-) Yummo!

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