Sleep is a very important part in the development of any being, especially human beings, because it is the time when babies actually grow in height and gain weight and when everything else in their bodies develops. For adults, it is much needed rest time, but also the period when memories are formed and the brain takes some time to store information and be recharged. Nevertheless, in this article we are going to talk about naps and their importance in toddlers’ lives. Babies and toddlers really need that afternoon nap, otherwise the day is too long for them and they can get tired and cranky. Just like us adults, toddlers need naps in order to recharge their batteries.
Nevertheless, it can be difficult to establish and maintain a napping schedule for your children, but there are some tips and advice you can use in order to convince your children to nap without ruining night sleep. First of all, you need to be aware that in the first months of life, babies require enormous amounts of energy in order to grow, which is why they eat and sleep most of the time. As they grow, these needs also become smaller, so your soon-to-be toddler will sleep less and less, until you can divide its rest time between night sleep and afternoon naps. Infants can have two naps a day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
As a parent, you need to always be on the lookout for signs of your child’s state; thus, soon you will be able to tell when the baby is hungry, when it is sleepy or when something hurts. You should generally yield to these signs and offer the baby what it needs when its body needs it. As they grow older, most babies will simply start skipping their morning naps, because they will need less sleep. Don’t try to force them to respect that nap anymore, as it will reflect on their night sleep.
Another important aspect about naps is that you try to offer your babies the same napping environment every time. It should be comfortable, but different from the bed they sleep in, so they don’t confuse it with night sleep. This method also allows the babies to recognize their surroundings if they happen to wake up a bit confused. Avoid leaving them to sleep in strollers or car seats, because they are not safe unless monitored permanently. Remember that naps are important to your children’s development and help them have a good napping schedule.