Ease the Day with Snooze Time: Do Kids Need Naps?

Let's face it, folks- raising kids is tough. Between changing diapers and remembering which juice box preference belongs to who, finding time for basics like personal grooming or sleep can feel like a luxury beyond imagination. As adults, we know how important some good old zzzs are but what about our little ones? Do children truly need naps?

Ease the Day with Snooze Time: Do Kids Need Naps?

The Science Behind Sleepy Seeds

As any experienced caregiver will tell you, sleepy kid equals better behaved offspring. But why exactly do they behave better after taking a nap and what’s going on while their eyes are shuttered? Here are some fun facts that may surprise you:

  • According to science , "quiet wakefulness" allows for memory retention by childhood brains.
  • Pros agree that an adequate amount of shut-eye each night improves attention spans , creativity and cognitive skills
  • Less stated/acknowledged research suggests accelerated growth rates in “nap-friendly” kids .

So as long as you're not trying to pull one over on us (we have Google too), there seems to be real merit in encouraging children toward consistency when it comes to logging those hours of rest.

Should We Be Setting Nap Schedules?

First-time parents can easily get lost in the barrage of unsolicited advice pushed at them from all directions regarding sleep training kiddos . Everyone has an opinion right down to your neighbor ten blocks away whose friend's sister actually IS a sleep expert (but most likely isn't). So how many naps should babies have &when should we transition into more structured snoozing schedules ?

Age Range Total Sleep Needed Number of Naps
0 - 3 months 14 -17 Hours Multiple
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6 - 12 months 12-14 hours 1-2
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For a child under six months, the general recommendation is that they sleep as much as their baby bodies tell them they need to. After six months, some developmental issues may arise if proper sleep isn’t achieved--so introducing set nap time(s) and full "lights out" bedtimes aren't such bad ideas.

How Short Can These Breaks Be?

There used to be an unspoken rule about how long naps could really last . The accepted norm was only two-ish hours at best but guess what? It doesn't work that way. There exists a wonderfully lengthy list of snooze-related variables including Environment ,Age Range and even Genetic Composition of individual nappers (wowzers!). Some children can handle “extreme” breaks in the early afternoon while others thrive on several shorter rest periods throughout the day . The reality is that little ones generally require more shut-eye than grown-ups which makes it important for us to pay attention when setting nap schedules.

What About Say-Ana’s Mental Health Though?

Welcoming another human into your home brings with itself a wealth of new responsibilities & minor panic attacks due to excessive caring tendencies. But are we considering our child’s emotional wellbeing during all this craziness ? Believe it or not there's no one-size-fits-all answer here either so consider factors like temperament(of both parent AND kiddo) base daily routine(set meal times/play times/bath time), noise levels ,etc. This can help determine whether your mini-me benefits from longer/extended stretches minus any disturbances.

In conclusion, yes! Kiddos absolutely benefit from uninterrupted beauty-sleep lapses sprinkled through-out their day(Do you blame 'em though?). While trying desperately to maintain control of most aspects of our life seems fundamental to parenting, it's important that we let occasional snooze timings become a no-fuss zone when necessary. Offering your kiddo(s) practical nap opportunities can truly benefit their physical & emotional development in ways you may not have realized before. Sweet dreams!

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