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Can You Make a Baby Sleep With Sugar Water?

author image Wallis Bishop
Wallis Bishop began writing in 2002. She specializes in issues related to child health, development and parenting. She spent five years teaching toddler and preschool age children and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in infant and toddler mental health.
Can You Make a Baby Sleep With Sugar Water?
Can You Make a Baby Sleep With Sugar Water?

Nearly all parents of newborns find themselves at one point or another frustrated by their infant’s sleep patterns. For the first few months of life, babies sleep only three or four hours at a time before waking for a feeding or diaper change. Sometimes complications such as colic, gas or pain can cause a baby’s sleep to be even more erratic and fragmented. Sugar water has the ability to relieve your baby's pain, according to the February 2012 issue of " Cochrane Neonatal Reviews," which may be what is needed to help your baby get to sleep.

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Step 1

Observe your baby’s sleep pattern to help determine what is preventing her from sleeping. Make her environment conducive to sleep by dimming lights, keeping a comfortable temperature and reducing background noise.

Step 2

Put an ounce of warm water into a bottle.

Step 3

Add a small amount of sugar to the water. Add only enough to slightly sweeten the water.

Step 4

Mix the sugar and water thoroughly and allow time for the sugar to fully dissolve. Undissolved sugar could block the nipple of the bottle and prevent your baby from drinking.

Step 5

Test the temperature of the water on the inside of your wrist before giving it to your baby. If the water is still too warm, allow it to cool.

Step 6

Feed the bottle to your infant slowly. Do not give her extra sugar water unless advised to do so by your pediatrician.

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