My daughter is 10 months now and I have worked very hard to make sure all of her needs are met. (Even if that means mine are not)
I started very early on creating a sleep schedule for her and have been very protective over her schedule and well being. I sometimes hear a lot of criticism when it comes to it as well. I’ve gotten really good at letting it go.
Naps are essential for cognitive learning.
A study by “The national Academy of Sciences” found that infants that sleep through the night and nap during the day, demonstrated higher levels of learning and memory.
Not only do babies need sleep for learning but for growth. The body demands extra sleep during those growth spurts and there are a ton of growth spurts in the first year alone!
I also hear quite often about parents ditching naps so the baby sleeps through the night but that’s a huge myth. Studies have found that babies who nap during the day SLEEP BETTER at night.
It is recommended that infants sleep as much as they want.
- 3-8 months recommend 3 naps
- 9-12 months recommend 2 naps
So for all the mommies out there, when you think “maybe the nap isn’t that important,” think again!