Signs of an Overtired Baby and How to Soothe Them to Sleep
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Last Modified 11 August 2023 First Added 11 August 2023
Parenthood has it fair share of twists and turns, and of the most common twist is dealing with an overtired baby. If you find yourself in this position, know that you are not alone.
This post aims to offer support and guidance to parents who are navigating the tricky world of overtired babies.
We will explore the reasons behind overtiredness, recognise the telltale signs, understand your baby’s needs, and provide you with meaningful tips to soothe your little one to sleep.
Imagine this, each baby has their own delicate sleep needs, and when they’ve managed to stay awake for longer than they can handle, they start to feel stressed. This is when overtiredness sets in. Understanding this concept is essential to managing your baby’s sleep in the future.
Recognising these signs can make a world of difference in soothing them in theses moments. Here are five key signs to look out for:
Sleep is vital for your baby’s development, and understanding their age-specific sleep requirements will be massively beneficial. According to research completed by the National Library of Medicine here are their guidelines:
Wanting to know more about your baby’s development timeline? Have a read of our post ‘Guide to Your Baby’s Developmental Milestones.’
According to further research by the National Library of Medicine, awake schedules should be similar to the below:
Please note these are just rough estimates for sleeping patterns, each baby can be slightly different.
When the overtiredness strikes, it’s time to employ some tried-and-true techniques! Here’s a breakdown of tips that will do wonders:
Prevention is key when dealing with overtiredness.
Here’s how you can avoid falling into this cycle:
Parenting is a wonderful journey filled with moments that brings challenges and others that bring joy. When handling your overtired baby, be sure to remind yourself that this is all a part of the process and you are not alone.
By recognising signs and implementing soothing techniques, you will be well on your way to creating a peaceful sleeping routine for everyone involved.
Patience will be your greatest ally here!
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