Understanding the right cues……
Recognising tired signs isn’t as obvious as you think it should be. Tired signs often get confused with signs of hunger and if you then feed again instead of putting your baby to bed. This can lead to a baby falling asleep during the feed which creates an undesirable sleep/feed association and an overtired baby. Get your baby into the EAT, PLAY, SLEEP routine to avoid this.
Recognising tired signs…….
- Rubbing of the face or eyes
- Nose scrunching
- Hair and ear pulling
- Crying or moaning sounds
- Staring, not engaging
- Turning away from stimulation
Recognising tired signs is important so you can get your child to bed BEFORE they become overtired.
What can over-tiredness look like?
- Grumpy & Moody (laughs one minute cries the next)
- Gets a second wind
- Fussy at meal and milk times
- Very quiet
- Arches back, squirmy baby
How does over-tiredness affect your child’s sleep?
- Short naps
- Crying in their sleep
- Taking longer to fall asleep
- Screaming and crying at bedtime when they normally don’t do this
- Early morning waking
- Bedtime Battles
- Increase in night waking
Starting to sound too familiar?
Guilty……I can put my hand up. For 6 months I was caught in the over-tiredness cycle with my daughter before we made the decision to have some sleep training. Sleep training can prevent over-tiredness, correcting your child’s wake time and getting your child on to an age appropriate sleep schedule. This ensures that your child is getting all the sleep they need..