Does your preschooler still take a nap? Or are those days over? We know that naps play a vital role in sustaining new learning in infants, and new research shows that naps may help preschoolers learn too.
Researchers from the University of Arizona studied verb learning in 3-year-olds and found that those who napped after learning those new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours later.
Children start napping less once they reach the age of three, so if your preschooler isn't getting a daily nap, you shouldn't fret. Sleep experts say it's the total amount of sleep that's important. Preschool age children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period and children who don't get enough sleep face long-term consequences.
If your child isn't getting enough sleep at night, make sure you're creating an opportunity for them to nap during the day.