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The Many Benefits of Naps in Babies

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Benefits of Naps in Babies

 

Day Three of Ferberizing our child: Hell on Earth.

What can I say besides that at that moment I thought Noah hated me for leaving him alone in his crib every time he had to nap, he hated napping, his room and our whole house. I had to take him out of his crib on two consecutive naps after one hour of crying because he still did not want to fall asleep on his own.

I began feeling like a failure. Then I thought the “Cry it out” method was a fiasco and juggled the idea of putting an end to all this madness. A firm believer of the benefits of sleeping, I even felt it was too much crying, for both of us, and that he would learn to sleep eventually. However, I only had to remember his tiredness and the importance of naps to calm myself down.

Did you know that a NASA study found that naps gave military pilots and astronauts a boost in mental keenness; improved working memory, performance and sharpness. Not enough?

Naps help babies recover from a bad night’s sleep.

Naps increase learning capacity. A tired baby looses concentration. A well-rested child uses his time awake to learn.

A nap improves brain development. When babies sleep, their little brains convert new information into memories, thus leaving more space for more learning. Because babies are able to absorb more information, naps also increase their attention span.

Naps also provide the time for their bodies to release growth hormones and repair bones, tissues and muscles.

Naps turn that little monster throwing tantrums back into your adorable sweet angel. This is because when babies nap, they release cortisol, a stress marker, avoiding a build up of uncontrollable levels of unpleasant behavior. A rested baby is a happy baby, and behind every happy baby, there is a happier mom.