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No, rice cereal isn't a sleep aid. For generations, new moms (often encouraged by their mothers and grandmothers) have fed a bit of rice cereal to their wakeful babies in an attempt to fill their bellies and coax them to sleep longer. Many even added the cereal to their baby's bedtime bottle.
But studies have shown that this doesn't work. It's a baby's maturity — not his bedtime snack — that dictates how long he’s capable of sleeping.
Keep in mind, too, that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends not starting solid foods until your baby is at least 4 to 6 months old, which is when his digestive system can handle cereal and other solids. In addition, one study showed that feeding a baby rice cereal before 4 months (and at 7 months or older) puts him at increased risk for diabetes.
So give your baby a dose of your patience rather than a dollop of rice cereal at bedtime.