A baby's daily activities may seem simple but they are still very important activities. Babies wake, eat, play (which is key to learning and development) and sleep. They are learning all the important ways in which to move their body, to communicate with you and to have their needs met. Your infant / baby / toddler / child needs adequate sleep as it's a foundational activity of daily living. When you suffer a sleep debt, all facets of activity suffer as a consequence. We know as adults, if we don't sleep well we can be moody, irritable, and unable to think clearly. To give you an idea as to how much so, consider the following: Having less than 5 hours of sleep on two consecutive nights means your thinking, judgment, reasoning and decision making are equivalent to having a 0.08 blood alcohol level.
Sleep is essential for normal growth and development, and current research shows that 25-30% of children are not getting enough sleep. Development for a child means they must learn gross motor skills (e.g. learning to roll, sit, crawl, walk and run), fine motor skills (e.g. learning to feed themselves, play with a rattle, and manipulate toys) and social and language skills (e.g. learning to communicate and socialize with others). Healthy development stages are served better with an appropriate amount of sleep.
Sleepdreams professionals help babies get the sleep help they need. As Registered Occupational Therapists specializing in sleep, many extended health care plans recognize and cover the costs of our services.