We all know that sleep is an important part of our lives – so much that in fact we spend about 1/3 of our lives asleep. When you are well rested you feel happier, more alert, and more energetic. In other words, sleep is necessary for the brain and body to repair and develop properly, and that is especially true during the fist years of life. Quality periods of sleep are just as important to your baby as the food you provide!
As parents, you may have witnessed first-hand the effects of a missed nap or a bedtime delay – it’s not a pleasant experience. Lack of sleep not only impacts your baby’s mood, but also his attentiveness and concentration – which ultimately affects his learning and growth. When your baby is awake, every sound and movement is a new experience for him that will require energy to process.
We know that babies devote most of their time to sleeping, right? But have you ever wondered how much of what you and your baby do together during the day, especially the learning moments, he will be able to remember? Is there an optimal time during the day that you should be teaching him new skills that will stay for the long term?