Even though she can afford a squad of elite nannies and an army of caretakers, socialite Kim Kardashian likes to have a more personal touch when it comes to parenting, preferring to take care of her first born daughter North herself. Though she may be new at the whole “mom” thing, Kardashian is learning the ropes rather quickly, it seems, and even has a neat little trick to conk baby North out when she needs to go to sleep.
“[I give her] a bottle at night with some cereal in it,” explained Kardashian. “I put in the milk, and then the rice cereal, and then you have to cut the nipple a little bit more to let it pass through, and it fills North’s tummy and she’ll pass out.”
Though the technique might seem unorthodox to say the least (and perhaps downright weird to say the most) it actually makes sense. Eating heavy meals before bed could disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm and alter hormone levels that control appetite, ultimately resulting in weight gain.
The key word there being “heavy meals.” If you’re hungry and tired, you might be wise to eat a snack first, since, going to bed with a full stomach is a good way to get a better night’s sleep.
According to Harvard Women’s Health Watch, a Harvard Medical School publication, “A grumbling stomach can be distracting enough to keep you awake, but so can an overly full belly. Avoid eating a big meal within two to three hours of bedtime. If you’re hungry right before bed, eat a small healthy snack (such as an apple with a slice of cheese or a few whole-wheat crackers) to satisfy you until breakfast.”
Maybe the next time your baby — or even you — are feeling a little bit tired and hungry, you’ll know to grab a bite to eat.