30 Oct '15, 4am

New research finds that babies absorb information best when they follow learning with a good nap.

Every minute she is awake, your baby is learning. She is watching, listening, smelling and touching the world around her and taking it all in. She is learning how to crawl, how to talk, and how to get your attention when she needs you. Seemingly, her only respite from all of this learning is when she is asleep. But new research shows that her nap time might be the most critical period in her learning process. A new study , published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that naps may actually help babies learn and remember new tasks more efficiently. For the study, researchers from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. and Rohr University Bochum in Germany tested 216 babies who were six months to one year old and found that regular naps were critical for helping babies learn. Researchers taught the babies three new tasks using hand puppets. Wi...

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