Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Your child's sleeping pattern is subject to change and development as her body changes too. An infant spends a great deal of time sleeping, almost 50%, in what is called "active sleep". This is similar to the dreaming sleep stage of older children and adults. Active sleep of this type exercise the brains thus helping in its development.

REM (rapid eye movement)sleep in older children and adults is a stimulating dream-filled sleep. It is characterized by eye movements, visible beneath the lids, and slight body twitches. As your child grows, your child will spend progressively less time in active, or REM, sleep. At age five about 20% of your child's sleep will be in REM phase; the rest will be in deep, quiet slumber. So, make sure your baby gets enough sleep for it is essential to his growth and brain development.

The total time your child spends sleeping changes too. The typical one-year-old naps an hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon then sleeps through the night for about 12 hours. At two, the morning nap is given up. Naps in the afternoon are fine until age three. After that, the nightly slumber of 11-12 hours would be enough for your toddler. If your child does not want to take a nap, let him be. Children differ with their sleep needs. As long as your child is healthy and happy with the sleeping time that he gets, then it's fine.

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