Sleeping at night is very important, of course, but napping is also an important part of a child’s growing process. Naps play an important role in ensuring that children get the rest they need each day.

Naps also work well in the physical and mood aspects of children. After doing activities in the morning, the children will recharge during the day so that their bodies are fit again.

This article will provide the basic knowledge of naps so that children have adequate rest and are always ready to go through the day.

Why are Naps Important?

In children’s growth and development process, naps provide time for child’s bodies and mind to rest and recharge their energy for the day. If children feel too tired, it will be difficult for them to sleep at night.

There are other more benefits of napping too.

Naps help children learn. Naps help children in their memory. The brain will process what happens during the day and learn from it by making new neural connections.

During sleep, the child’s memory will relate to existing memories, thus developing their memory. Those who take a nap every day tend to have a longer memory.

Naps help kids stay fit. Children who are sleep deprived or who do not have consistent hours of sleep tend not to have much energy to be active. Whereas, moving actively is another important part for the child to have a healthy body.

Naps create a good mood. Parents will know how fussy their children are when they skip their naps. Science supports this too: One study found that a 2-year-old who skipped a nap was less happy, more anxious, and had a worse reaction to events he was experiencing.

 

How Much Time do Children Need for Naps?

This will be your highlight as parents after knowing that taking a nap is important for children.

Infants: Several months after birth, before reaching their first birthday, babies usually need two to four naps a day. They will rest for 30 minutes to 2 hours sequentially.

Toddlers: Between 1-2 years of age, children should sleep 12 to 14 hours a day, including naps. Most toddlers will have one nap that is up to 3 hours long.

Preschoolers: After passing 2 years old, napping is no longer a necessity. But try to build these good habits in a short amount of time, about 30 minutes. Make sure they are also up in the afternoon. That way, naps will not interfere with their nighttime sleep.

At this age, when finally taking a nap makes them unable to sleep at night, you can shorten their nap time or even eliminate the nap time. But make sure to compensate for it by encouraging early bedtime.

Everything depends on the needs of your child’s body. Make sure our children’s needs for sleep are met, regardless of your busy schedules as parents. Taking a nap is very beneficial in the process of your child’s growth and development.

May 9, 2021

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