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The Importance of Naps for Toddlers

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The results of the study suggested that naps are an important part of a toddler’s daily life and are needed for good health. Not getting that nap can have effects on the toddler’s mood and cause confusion. If parents are seeing crankiness in their child or notice that their child is having trouble concentrating on activities, they may want to re-evaluate their sleeping schedule.

References

Seattle Children’s Hospital. Growth and Development: Naps. Web. 2 March 2012

http://www.seattlechildrens.org/kids-health/page.aspx?id=62434

HealthDay. Missed Naps Could Put Toddlers at Risk for Mood Disorders. Web. 2 March 2012
http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=660399

Reviewed March 2, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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