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Miriam Stoppard: Babies should be left to sleep

Jonathan Warren

19.10.2011

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Jonathan Warren
81266424Parents should leave their young children to sleep for as long as they like in their children's beds rather than setting a sleep routine too early, parenting and heath care specialist Miriam Stoppard has recommended. Writing in the Daily Mirror (October 10th), Dr Stoppard emphasised new research outlining the importance of babies taking naps to ease the “sleep pressure” – the biological need to rest – in their brains that builds up throughout the day. Sleep pressure is intensified in children whose mind activity is growing at a rapid pace, she explained, while depriving a baby or toddler of much-needed rest can result in dreaded whining, crying and tantrums. She said: “It also explains why, even after a nap in the morning and a nap in the afternoon, a child is ready for bed at night and can sleep for up to 12 hours. “I’ve never believed you should try to put off an afternoon nap in order to promote a long night of sleeping. Experience has shown me that the opposite is true – if you keep a baby awake, they will have a disturbed night, which means little sleep for parents.”

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