Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
Your baby’s room might be too warm or too cold for your baby. Or air in the room is too dry, resulting in dried mucus in your baby’s nose. The room's temperature should be appropriate and the room quiet and dim. Your baby’s blanket should be light, soft and dry. Encourage your baby to urinate before going to bed and make sure they don’t have any threadworms.
Your baby may still be feeling excited after his playtime and cannot fall sleep. You should let your baby calm down 0.5–1 hour before their bedtime. Over-teasing and playing with your baby near bedtime may make it difficult for them to fall asleep later. Try not to watch thrillers with your baby, tell them scary stories or give them new toys to play with just before bedtime.
Many mothers think that their baby is hungry when they cry in the middle of the night and decide to feed them. This may in fact not be true . Try and find out what’s bothering your baby before feeding, because you do not want to be training your baby to expect a feed every time they wake up at night.
Indigestion or overfeeding can lead to your baby having a fitful sleep. Try not to feed your child near bedtime. You may give your child some milk before they sleep, but if you have to feed them porridge, noodles or other solid foods, try and do it at least 2–3 hours before bedtime.