Elizabeth Pantley, thought she knew all there was to know about naps from her previous bestseller, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, until she carried out new research and discovered that naps improve health, mood, growth and well-being, yet children often resist them. The results are fussy, crying babies and cranky, grouchy kids who also have trouble sleeping at night!
The tantrums and whining common during the terrible twos, the trying threes and fearsome fours are all rooted in poor napping habits, says the author.
In The No-Cry Nap Solution, Elizabeth Pantley explains to parents of children from newborn to nursery and beyond, the crucial importance of quality napping in daytime and nightime behaviour, and addresses issues such as children who resist naps, dealing with schedule changes, turning short naps into longer ones, nursing at naptime, and more – all tested with her worldwide No-Cry test panel of parents.
Naps benefit a child in a number of ways as explored in the book, including:
- Naps are a biological necessary
- Naps reduce the day’s fussiness, whining and tantrums
- Naps increase learning capacity for babies
- Naps fill gaps from poor night-time sleep
- Naps improve a child’s mood
- Naps improve brain development
- Naps improve the bedtime routine
- Naps increase attention span
- Naps ensure proper growth and development
- Children’s naps give carers a needed break
- Naps are beneficial for people of all ages
Elizabeth also shows why mini-naps are so ineffective for children: because each stage of the nap brings different benefits. The first 5 minutes reduces feelings of tiredness but it’s not until later in the nap cycle that stress is released, memory is strengthened, growth hormone released, immune system fortified and mood is stabilised. Therefore, short naps take the edge off yet don’t eliminate fussiness or improve health!
The book features more than 200 ideas to help parents achieve the quality of daily naps – with no-crying involved.
“Naps are important – it’s a scientific fact!” says Elizabeth. “Knowing how to gently help a child sleep without making them cry is a delicate art – it takes the right hands. Yet getting children to nap right is well worth the effect since a well-rested child is happier and healthier, which makes parents and carers more relaxed and happier too.”