The nap is a moment of rest taken during the day, most of the time in the afternoon. It is very important for the growth and development of children, from birth to a certain age.
How to promote a nap in the child after the meal?
What are the benefits of an after-meal nap for the child?
A nap helps keep children and babies in great shape all day long. These moments of rest allow them to perk up. A nap is just as important as a good night’s sleep.
It plays a major role in the development of the child. Indeed, during the nap, the child’s body and brain rest and recover. After this moment of rest, they are even more fit than at the start.
Oddly enough, taking a nap allows children to sleep quickly and well at night. When they can’t take a nap after a meal, they’re at their wit’s end. Then in the evening, they have difficulty sleeping. During the nap, the child is over calm that night. Because, when he sleeps, there is always a little noise behind, your child then feels safe.
In addition, the nap is not usually done in the dark, so the child is not afraid. Finally, during the nap, most often, there are no nightmares or dreams.
How to help the child to take a nap after the meal?
We all agree that children need a nap right after their meal. So that digestion does not disturb their sleep, it is best to wait at least an hour before going to bed. But as soon as you feel the first signs of fatigue at their level, you should put them to bed immediately rather than letting them fall asleep on the chair on which they are eating.
Other children, on the other hand, need at least 30 minutes to get their body and mind ready for bedtime. For this, you should avoid giving them sugary juices or carbonated drinks at lunch. These will act as energizers.
To promote a nap in your child, you can opt for a quiet activity or game, which he can play alone. He could look at story books, draw or listen to a story on CD. You could also give him small massages.
You could also establish a routine for nap and bedtime at night. You can establish a precise time for this rest. You have to stick to it and make your child respect this moment. Thus, before a nap, he can, for example, go to the toilet and brush his teeth, gestures that predispose him to sleep. You may want to let her know how much time she has left before her nap. Your child will then be mentally prepared at this time.
Also you could give him his Teddy and border it. To promote your child’s nap, you need to reduce the lighting in their bedroom without causing complete darkness. This is not recommended in particular for the little ones who could confuse these two moments of rest.