Why is sleep important for babies?

Why is sleep important for babies?

  • Physical recuperation
  • Physical growth 
  • To develop a strong immune system    
  • Brain development
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Information processing

As you can see there are a number of reasons to ensure that you try and help your baby to get the sleep they require. And the fact that for the first 3 years of their lives, a baby is asleep more than he is awake, emphasises that sleep is even more important during this phase of life.


The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.