How Do You Know When Your Child Is Tired?
It is not always obvious when a child is getting tired… Knowing your own child’s “sleep signs” can help you get your child to bed BEFORE they become overtired!
When someone refers to sleep signs, the first ones that come to mind are usually yawning or eye rubbing. But there are other signs you might not be aware of, like ear pulling, nose scrunching, or arching the back. It can sometimes be easy to miss some signs of fatigue, but if your child is doing any type of rubbing or pulling, there’s a good change that they are tired. It’s not always smart to wait for a solid yawn!
Some babies seem to go from happy to upset at the drop of a hat. A baby like that is probably very good at hiding their fatigue. Sometimes when they start to have feelings of being tired, they’ll push through those feelings with more active play and maybe even get a little hyper. They’ll kick into “overdrive” and almost become a bit manic. This is not a sign that they want to play more: this baby is overtired!
That squirmy baby, the one who doesn’t want to sit on your knee, doesn’t want to stand up, arches their back, crawls around very quickly, laughs one moment and cries the next – is a tired baby who is ready for sleep!
If your child’s sleep signs seem more difficult to pinpoint, you might have to keep more of an eye on the clock than you do on your baby. For example, a 3 month old baby can handle about an hour and a half of awake time. If she woke up at 7am, then by 8:30am she’s most likely ready for a nap.
In this case, even if they’re calm and happy and you haven’t noticed any obvious sleep signs, I always suggest putting them down sooner rather than waiting until it’s too late. Often times sleep comes faster to a calm baby than an upset baby.
So… What are your child’s sleep signs???
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