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Naps are not just opportunities for us mamas to get a break. They are actually incredibly important to our children’s mental, physical and emotional development! Without this needed sleep, our children will suffer a great deal, so it must be a top priority.
Here are four reasons sleep is an absolutely necessity for your little gem.
Your child’s brain is taking in so much information! This begins as soon as they open their eyes for the first time and doesn’t really ever end, actually. It is during sleep that their brains are able to recharge and also this is when they process much of that information that they have been exposed to.
There is a study that was done to test just how important sleep is for a baby’s brain. After getting a good night of sleep, 6-12 month old babies were exposed to new information. They were then given a sort of test to see how much of the information they were able to take in. Babies who had a nap of one hour or longer after being exposed to the information were better able to recall what they had ‘learned.’
Just like their brains, babies little bodies are working so hard to grow. Have you ever been amazed that within a few days your little nugget is no longer fitting in an outfit they had just work previously? They grow fast! And their bodies are relying on sleep to help them do it. In fact, it is during deep phases of sleep that baby’s tissue is repaired (sleepadvisor.org). This is pretty amazing and something we definitely don’t want to deprive our babies of.
Well rested babies are just happier babies. They are able to interpret new information and deal with changes much easier also (this is true for everyone, all the time, in reality).
According to baby sleep researcher Marc Weissbluth, sleep begets sleep. When babies are in a great sleep groove, the more sleep they get, the more they want. Also, daytime sleep helps regulate night time sleep. I have seen the powerful impact of this as I’ve used a day time sleep schedule to help my babies sleep through the night!
Also, something to keep in mind is that for sleep to be beneficial, it must be consolidated. So, sleep must be happening for the right amounts of time and catnaps should be avoided as they aren’t beneficial.
In reality, these benefits sound great but sometimes getting baby to actually nap so they get all these benefits is a challenge. If you are experiencing that right now, you may really want to check out my newest ebook, Every Mom’s Guide To Nap Time. This book will solve all your daytime sleep problems and has steps you can take to get your child napping immediately. It’s a game changer!
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