Many parents wonder about the value of napping at daycare. Some feel that their children should be learning, doing activities or otherwise being engaged throughout the day. Others have children who don’t nap on weekends and wonder if it’s good to change their routine during the week.
3 Benefits of Napping at Daycare
Rest & Recuperation
Of course, it is very important that your children receive the proper level of learning, activity and engagement at daycare. However, the benefits your children get from everything they do at daycare are diminished if they are tired. But, a short nap of between 30 and 45 minutes, helps give them more energy, stimulates their memory and helps them get more from all their activities and learning.
Helps Them Stay Healthy
One of the benefits of daycare is the social interaction your children enjoy. But it comes with some drawbacks, including more exposure to viruses. Napping promotes the growth of antibodies that protect your children against disease and infections.
Helps Them Grow
Sleep and regular naps also helps stimulate growth hormones so your children grow healthily.
But What About if Your Children Don’t Nap at Home?
Your children’s weekend home life is probably a much different environment than weekdays at daycare. Many families get more rest from either waking up a little later, or simply not being as active (versus daycare) on weekends. The pace is generally slower.
In addition, your children aren’t surround by as many active companions, noise levels are probably lower and they have more time to themselves for quiet activities. It all adds up to mean that there is less need for naps at home on weekends versus at daycare during the week.
Still, if you choose to alter your children’s routines to include napping at home, they will enjoy all the same benefits that they get from napping at daycare.
If you are looking for daycare openings in your area, contact us for some guidance.