We all know that sleep is an important part of our lives -in fact we spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping. 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 for 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. The lack of sleep not only has an impact in your baby’s mood, but also in 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 which he 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 when you should be teaching him new skills?