All children stop their daytime sleep when the time comes. So keep reading this text that answers all your questions and tries to prepare you for that expected day:
- Why is daytime sleep so important?
- What should be the length and frequency of naps?
- When do most kids stop sleeping at noon?
Your baby’s brain develops and processes an incredible amount of information every day. Little walks around your home are an opportunity for them to learn new sights, sounds and smells. For him, every information is new. Researchers; He says babies need daytime sleepers to recharge their brains.
Babies have intense synaptic activities in their highly active and constantly working brains. Because of these, babies may be less likely to stay awake for a long time. Experts claim it is these sleeps that reinforce and facilitate learning. For example, in a study, experts teach children new words. Then he divides the three-year-old children into two different groups. One group of children sleeps after learning the words, the other group does not. A small test is applied to both groups on the words they have learned. it turns out that children in the sleeping group are more successful.
Sleep also improves your child’s mood. Who wouldn’t want a happy child? In another study, it was proven that children who miss just one of their daytime naps are anxious, unhappy, and less interested in their surroundings. They also did not want to do activities such as solving puzzles and became confused and frustrated more quickly.
Newborns usually sleep 16-18 hours a day and these are not like normal night’s sleep or naps. On the contrary, they usually sleep in chunks that vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours between feedings. Full babies are sleepy babies!
As they get older, the length and frequency of their sleep varies from child to child. Researchers studied the patterns of sleep of 172 children from the moment of their birth until they were 7 years old.
9-12 months The babies had two daytime naps per day.
15-24 months Most of the sleeping habits of the same group of children decreased to a learner sleep that lasted about two hours.
3 year old Most of the children were still sleeping during the daytime, though at a decreasing rate.
5 year old A very small number of children were sleeping during the day.
7 years old Almost all daytime sleep had ceased.
Most children stop sleeping during the day between the ages of about 5 and 7. But is this the right thing? Like most things when it comes to children, there is no definitive answer to this either. Toddlers need 11-14 hours of sleep per day. However, some children do this one night at a time, some make up for it during the day. Here’s a little more information on how many hours of sleep children need! Including recommended sleep times for all ages.
Pay attention to your child’s signals. If he needs sleep, you will see the signals of this: rubbing his eyes, irritability, impatience, and nervousness. Regardless of his age, if your child resists sleeping but still shows these signals, it means he still needs naps.
Try to put your child to sleep:
- Soothe them with light and soothing music to encourage them to sleep.
- Read to them in a dark room.
- Massage them before sleep.
Pay attention to the following behaviors:
- When it’s time to sleep, your child isn’t tired and is still jumping in the room.
- Your child skips a bedtime and shows no negative side effects such as moodiness, tension and fatigue.
- Normally, you sleep at all the necessary times, but you fight to get them to bed.
If you are seeing any of the above, reduce those sleep times to see how it affects them. If they look tired, you can give them a noon nap for another 1-2 weeks before trying again. On the other hand, if your child looks happy and energetic, he might be ready to give up sleep times – for better or worse!