Nap Time!

Nap time at home and in the nursery is an important time that can help kids calm down, relax and recharge their tired body cells. It needs routine and rituals to make it enjoyable for everyone involved.e4852d0ae606d7e2446f73fa4693546d

Lana Button in the Exchange kit (www.worldforumfoundation.com) , offers these tips sure to make everyone rest a little easier during nap time at your day care centre:

  •          Always give the children a ‘heads up’ when nap time is approaching.  Keep your pre-nap routine consistent and your kids will start mentally preparing for a rest before they even hit their cots.

 

  •      Keep children’s cots in the same basic location each day.  Once you find a spot where a child is most likely to get a good rest, use that spot consistently.  Having to adjust to a new spot or a new ‘nap neighbour’ can make it difficult for a child to settle down.
  • Screenshot 2017-10-02 at 3.25.03 PM         Allow children a few minutes in their cots before the lights are turned out.  This allows children to transition from being very active to being very still.  Provide nap books  for children to explore independently for 5 minutes. 

 

 

  •         Adults are instrumental in establishing a calm mood at nap time.  Once you dim the lights you should lower your voice and keep it at just above a whisper for the duration of nap time. 

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Important to know about young babies and SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The safest position to put young babies to sleep is on their back. Keep the following in mind:

 

  1. Babies placed on their stomachs to sleep are at greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 
 2. Place infants on their backs for sleep.

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3. Provide a firm crib covered by a sheet.

4. Keep pillows and stuffed toys out of the crib.

5. Make sure the sleeping area is a comfortable temperature to keep infants from becoming overheated.

6. Do not let your infant fall asleep with a bottle in the mouth as this can cause choking. If you’re infant falls asleep while having a feed then do remove the bottle.

7. In India and many Asian countries instead of putting babies to sleep in cribs they use a piece of cloth tied at both ends to a pole, (like a cradle but made of cloth) it not only takes the baby’s body shape, but keeps baby safe from SIDS and gives baby the feeling of being safe and coddled just like in the uterus. So time to bring back the Indian/Asian cloth cradle

How much sleep do kids require?

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Age 1-4 weeks

Sleep- 15 to 16 hours a day

 

  •       Newborns typically sleep in two to four hour blocks both during the night and day. They are yet to establish their internal biological clock

 

Age    : 1-4 months

Sleep : 14 – 15 hours a day

  •         Usually able to sleep once for six hours in a row.

 

Age : 4 – 12 months

Sleep : 14 – 15 hours per day

  •          2 – 3 naps. Can sleep through the night by age 6 months  

 

Age : 1 – 3 years

Sleep: 12 – 14 hours per day.

 

Age : 3 – 6 years

Sleep: 10 – 12 hours per day.

 

When should children give up afternoon nap time?

A Queensland University of Technology study has found daytime naps beyond the age of two may have a detrimental effect on sleep at night. Study leader Professor Karen Thorpe says it’s widely accepted within the childcare sector that napping promotes growth, but research has found it has a negative impact on night sleep patterns, and the time it takes to fall asleep, in children older than three. “The evidence suggests that beyond the age of two years, when cessation of napping becomes more common, daytime sleep is associated with shorter and more disrupted night sleep,” “Daytime sleep is not a response to poor night sleep, but rather precedes poor night sleep.”

Wean of children from afternoon naps slowly, if your child sleeps for two hours then reduce to one and half hour, then an hour etc.

If you are constantly feeling tired and drained then once in a while do join your child at nap time! Happy napping!

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