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Yoghurt Can Sabotage Baby & Toddler Sleep

Posted by Karen Faulkner on
yoghurt, baby sleep, baby sleep problems
This will take many of you by surprise. And I'm sure that many of your baby's and toddlers are eating this very common food. I'm sure if you knew how counter-productive it was in helping them sleep you'd think twice about giving it to your little ones by itself and just before a nap or bedtime.

I'm doing a public service today to highlight this issue and how you can promote your baby's sleep with much cleverer food choices. It's all in the mix! Food combining is key.
This little blog came about because I come across so many little ones just having yoghurt for breakfast.

You might remember my previous blogs talking about the correct ratio for each meal. The ratio that helps baby's sleep better.

And the culprit of sleep sabotage is ... drum roll, please ...YOGHURT!

We all know that yoghurt has calcium in it and calcium is very important for those growing bones and teeth. Calcium also can convert tryptophan into melatonin. Melatonin is that neurotransmitter that helps your baby get to sleep and stay asleep. It's triggered by darkness and can be produced by eating foods high in tryptophan. These include banana's, turkey, cheese, whole wheat, avocado etc.

Here's a previous blog on calcium and did you know the best food source for calcium is not dairy its TOFU!

Calcium is also important for nerve impulses, and a deficiency may interrupt sleep. However, yoghurt has a lot of the enzyme/amino acid tyrosine and tyrosine is know as a waker/perker upper. Aha, you say! So giving baby yoghurt by itself is not conducive for baby and toddler sleep! It's actually keeping babies awake?! Correct!

So if yoghurt is not helpful for sleep by itself how can you pair it with other foods to get optimum sleep promotion?

Here are a few examples of good food combining with yoghurt for sleep
    • Whole grain cereal such as Weetbix with milk and yoghurt and banana
    • A bowl of oatmeal with milk and yoghurt add LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond mix) and quinoa for protein and fruit
    • Oatmeal raisin cookies and yoghurt
    • Apple with cheese, oatmeal biscuit or cracker and yoghurt
    • Yoghurt with granola, add some flaxseed or ground LSA
    • Banana and yoghurt with LSA mix or oats
    • Date or banana bran muffin with yoghurt
    • Yoghurt, oats, full cream cows milk, strawberries and banana and LSA
Baby sleep and food balance are very important. Get that balance right and your baby or toddler is on their way to the land of sweet dreams and good baby sleep.

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