Your child may sometimes refuse to eat their main meals, and then, when it is time for bed in the evening, all kinds of foods spring into their head, and they start asking for this, that or the other thing.
Watch out! You doubtless know that eating some foods in the evening can have a strong impact on the amount and quality of sleep your chid will have.
Here is some advice about foods your toddler should avoid to ensure healthy sleep free of discomfort caused by poor digestion or reflux:
- Say no to all sugar and sweets, since they are among the most powerful stimulants at bedtime, and perhaps try skipping their nap to prepare for a good night’s sleep.
- Avoid foods with fatty sauces because they may cause the child to have reflux, which leads to coughing and burping, making it difficult to sleep peacefully.
- Do not serve meals with aubergine, as this vegetable contains a high amount of nicotine and may lead to sleeplessness in children.
- Focus instead on carbohydrates like potatoes, corn and peas because they are rich in serotonin, a substance that induces sleepiness.
- It is also helpful for your toddler to avoid snacks after dinner because these will hinder digestion. They should also avoid drinking too much water two hours before bedtime so that they do not have to wake up in the night to go to the bathroom.
- It is always best for them to avoid food and stimulating activities for one and a half hours before they are put to bed.
As much as possible, keep your toddler away from potential stimulants like television