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why sleep is important for little ones

Why is sleep important? As adults it’s quite simple, a good nights sleep allows our bodies and minds time to rest and recharge, ready for the next day. However for babies and children it is a bit more complex than that. There is so much that goes on in our little one’s brains and bodies while they sleep – it helps them learn, grow and develop.

Why is it important for little ones to settle to sleep quickly, calmly and have enough sleep?

  • While little ones sleep their brain rests and restores from their busy day 
  • Their memory develops during sleep 
  • Their social & behaviour skills mature 
  • When learning to talk, they start to integrate all they have heard, storing how it sounds and what it means when sleeping 
  • They process all that’s gone on during the day 
  • They grow at night! the growth hormone is most active during non rem sleep 
  • Sleep helps fight infection 
  • Improves their attention span 

When overtired little ones can 

  • Struggle to solve problems 
  • Retain new information 
  • They can get frustrated, leading to increased temper tantrums
  • They are unable to process all that’s gone on during the day
  • Struggle to go to sleep let alone stay asleep 
  • They can become stressed and then struggle to be relaxed and calm
  • It can become fussy 
  • Often struggle to feed & eat 

Having battles at nap and bedtimes can lead to disturbed sleep, with frequent waking, early waking and a tired, grumpy baby let alone a tried grumpy mummy & daddy!


How can you help your baby or child get all the sleep they need? 

  • Have a regular nap & bedtime routine 
  • Having a warm bath before bedtime helps with settling to sleep 
  • Avoid screen time or electronics at least an hour before bedtime 
  • They are able to self-settle 
  • The appropriate naps for their age 
  • An early enough bedtime


If you need help with your little one’s sleep or routine, please get in touch and I would be happy to help.

Sam, aka The Baby Guru


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By | 2020-09-22T12:40:54+00:00 September 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I am Sam Saunders, aka The Baby Guru and mother of 4! I have been a nursery nurse and in the last 10 year’s, worked as a baby sleep consultant. I have developed a Responsive Parenting System, whereby I can work with you in just about any aspect of parenting from newborns right up to five year olds. From sleep training, to weaning. I have helped many families and over 450 babies in the last 10 years.

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