A nice and well rested sleep is very important to restore our body and brain. Sleeping well is associated with a better mood, temperament, physical performance, and a positive attitude. Sleep is essential for our brain, during this time it consolidates and organizes the day’s events. Similarly, getting enough sleep allows us to wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy. If sleep is extremely important for adults, you can imagine how important it is for babies that are still growing!
Sleeping is essential for children. It is a key aspect in the development of their central nervous system; their brains require it to develop properly and their bodies to grow. When a baby sleeps, he saves energy, allowing him to gain weight and grow. Sleeping allows little ones to wake up ready to explore their surroundings with enough energy to start moving around, walking, and learning about the world around them.
At this age, children should continue taking a nap during the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal sleeping range for children that are 13-16 months old is between 11-14 hours a day. Some kids sleep more or less, however, experts don’t recommend that your little one sleeps above or below a 9-16 hour range at this age. If you think your child is sleeping more than needed, you can try shortening his naps to ensure that he receives enough stimulation in the day. On the other hand, if your little one sleeps less, try to strengthen his sleep routines. Sleeping is essential, as it helps strengthen your child’s immune system. Plus, he will be in a better mood during the day and more receptive to learning language, movement, and cognitive skills. Then, while sleeping, your little one will be reinforcing what he learned during the day, because the brain uses sleep to organize the day’s events.