5 reasons your baby needs consolidated naps
1. If your little one is not consolidating their naps, it is very easy for them to have awake windows longer than they can developmentally handle. This causes your little one to be overtired which elevates cortisol levels. Once cortisol levels get too high, cortisol is then converted into adrenaline. Adrenaline will cause your little one to have difficulty settling and resettling causing the vicious cycle of only achieving short naps to continue and can also cause issues overnight.
2. If your little one is only having short naps and not consolidating at least one nap, it can lead to multiple short naps through the day. In an older baby, this can actually add up and cause too much day sleep. This can affect your little one’s night sleep as they will not be tired enough to achieve a good length of sleep overnight. It can also cause the final short nap to be too late in the day which then leads to issues settling your little one at bedtime.
3. In consolidated sleep that is over an hour in length, many amazing things occur. Short term memory is converted to long term memory, newly learnt skills are secured, pathways are made in the brain, emotions are processed and vision is sharpened.
4. Achieving a consolidated nap during the day attributes to ensuring your little one is achieving restorative sleep. Unless there is a physiological issue, when your little one is consolidating a nap during the day and achieving quality sleep it will lead to improved behaviour when they are awake. This allows them to enjoy time exploring and learning from their environment along with enjoying good quality time with you.
5. The final reason is for your mental health! Any mum with a baby that does not achieve consolidated naps knows how tiring the day can be and how difficult it is to get anything done. A consolidated nap is great for your little one’s development but is also a great way for you to get some housework done, have a shower or even just sit down and enjoy a coffee.
I have also set up a sleep support group through my Facebook page that I would love for you to come and join: Silentnight Baby Sleep Support Group
or give me a call on 0417 532 402