Can Vitamin D Help My Baby Sleep Better?

Can Vitamin D Help My Baby Sleep Better?

If you are a parent, chances are that at some point an older relative has told you that fresh air will help your baby sleep better and, as with a lot of advice from older generations, we are always sceptical as to how much is myth or truth. In this blog, we will look into the facts from a baby sleep expert viewpoint to find out if Vitamin D can improve your baby’s sleep

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What Is Vitamin D And Where Can We Find It?

Vitamin D can be found in solar exposure (sunshine!) and smaller quantities can be found in food. It’s proven to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate within the body which can affect the growth of bones, teeth and muscles – the NHS website even warns against the risk of rickets because of lack of vitamin D! Recent studies have also shown that there is a correlation between both sleep quality and quantity when low levels of vitamin D, which we’ll go into further later on.

When Should Your Child Have A Vitamin D Supplement?

If you are breastfeeding, you should have been advised to give your baby, and mum, an oral vitamin D supplement daily to ensure this particular need is met. If your baby is on formula, then their vitamin D needs will be met through the fortified milk. Just don’t forget to start them on the supplement when they switch over to cow’s milk! The advice is that your child should have a vitamin D supplement up to the age of 5, but during the current covid-19 pandemic it is advised that we all take these supplements to compensate for less time spent outdoors.

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How Does Vitamin D Affect My Baby’s Sleep?

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine in July 2020 investigating the relationship between sleep and vitamin D proved two outcomes through their sleep study. Those children with a vitamin D deficiency slept for not only less time but they also tended to have a later bedtime, two things that all parents want to avoid with their little ones.

Without getting too technical with the scientific aspects, the vitamin D binds receptors in areas of the brain which are involved in sleep regulation. It also plays a pivotal role in the process of creating melatonin which is a hormone that helps baby sleep better.

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Using This Information We Have Come Up With Some Baby Sleep Guidance For Ensuring Your Baby’s Vitamin D Is Fully Topped Up As Well As Their Amount Of Sleep!

1. Ensure Your Baby Is Having A Vitamin D Supplement If You Breastfeeding Or If They Are Over One Year Old.

Your baby should take vitamin D Supplement if they are breastfeeding or are over one year old and drinking cows milk. These oral supplements are easy to add to your daily routine, they can be flavoured, and if you struggle to pay for these extra supplements your Health Visitor or doctor should be able to source some for you

2. Get Outside As Much As You Can!

In addition to the Vitamin D dose, the outdoors bring, even in dreary weather taking the pram outside for some fresh air will do both you and baby the world of good. In a lot of countries, they leave the baby to nap outside in the pram – even in snowy weather! When growing up in the mountains in Europe, all the children my age, including me, would be parked outside in the pram whether that was on the balcony or in the garden and issues with baby sleeping were completely unheard of! Although let us just clarify that your Baby Sleep Coach isn’t advising you leave your sleepy angel parked napping with the foxes nibbling at its feet in central London! However, there’s no reason why you can’t sit outside with a cup of tea or an ice cream (weather depending) and enjoy the outdoors whilst baby naps if you have the outdoor space. Sleeping when out on walks is also a natural part of the newborn stage that has great health and sleep benefits for both mum and baby. This is particularly useful in the colder months when our homes are stuffy with central heating.

The Lullaby Of The Sun: the role of vitamin D in sleep disturbance, Muscogiuri et al, 2018.
Vitamin D and sleep in children, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 2020

So Can Vitamin D Help My Baby Sleep Better And For Longer?

The answer is YES! In addition to being a necessary vitamin to promote good levels of calcium and growth, Vitamin D promotes improved quality and length of sleep in not only infants but also the parents as well. With scientific research backing up this sleep advice, we definitely think it’s worth putting into action with your family to help you all get a better nights sleep.

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