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Does your child need to nap?

Some children are reluctant to go down for nap time but all babies need a break. Here's a look at how long your child should be sleeping and some ways to make it happen.

by: Elizabeth Pantley

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aps are important for your child's health and development. A nap refreshes a child so she can maintain her energy for the rest of the day. Studies show that children who nap are more adaptable, have longer attention spans and are less fussy than those who don't nap. Here's how to help your child get the rest she needs:

Does your child need a nap?

Your child would probably benefit from a nap if you notice that she:

  • Wakes up happy, but gets cranky later.
  • Has more patience early in the day.
  • Cries more easily in the evening.
  • Has an afternoon slump, then gets a second wind.
  • Has temper tantrums during the bedtime routine.
  • Falls asleep in the car or when watching TV.
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