Sleep and Your Baby: 10 Common Questions Answered
For some parents, putting a baby to bed is a nightly source of anxiety—how much sleep does your child need, can she sleep with a blanket, are stuffed animals OK? Find the answer to these questions and more.
Is there a certain age when my child will stop needing a nap?
Just as all children are different, they vary widely in when they drop their daytime sleeping. “Some active 1-year-olds are already not napping (or substituting quick ‘cat naps’ instead) while some 5-year-olds are still sleeping after their morning kindergarten,” says Dr. Sadler. “If provided a consistently structured day, however, most children are pretty good about getting the sleep they need. For the child who truly needs the sleep and isn’t getting it, behavioral clues are crankiness, low energy or lack of focus.”
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