That’s because overtired babies have a harder time settling down for sleep, sleep only intermittently and wake up more often throughout the night. The result? Overtired babies tend to sleep less and sleep less well, making them more tired, which continues the tired-overtired cycle.
How do I get my overtired baby to stay asleep?
Try lots of reassurance : 1) Talk quietly and cuddle your baby until calm 2) Put your baby on their back in the cot awake (drowsy) 3) Comfort your baby with gentle ‘ssshh’ sounds, gentle rhythmic patting, rocking or stroking until baby is calm or asleep.
Will overtired baby eventually sleep?
Overtired babies can be incredibly hard to calm down and to get to sleep. Overtired babies also have a harder time staying asleep once they are able to finally settle down. It sounds so contradictory, but overtired babies simply won’t sleep well.
Does Overtiredness cause night waking?
So how do you break the cycle of overtiredness and start to pay back that “sleep debt?” Unfortunately, overtiredness can build throughout the day and can set into motion a vicious cycle of early bedtimes and early wakings.
How do I know if my baby is overtired or Undertired?
How to tell if baby is undertired
- crying (even though you know they aren’t hungry)
- resisting settling.
- older babies will really protest at nap/bed time.
- toddlers will play or get out of bed constantly or be naughty.
- napping for short periods/cat napping.
- waking a lot at night.
How do you reset an overtired baby?
Use early bedtimes or shorter awake windows
Allow baby to make up for missed sleep by going back to sleep earlier than normal. This also helps prevent baby from getting another “second wind”. The line between tired and overtired is narrow so even 15 to 20 minutes can make a big difference.
What does an overtired baby look like?
Instead of their usual nap, overtired babies sleep fitfully. These short naps don’t recharge their little batteries. Sleeping at the wrong times. You may find that your baby falls asleep while you’re preparing their bottle or scrambling their egg.
How do you know if your baby is over stimulated?
Newborns or babies who are overstimulated might:
- be cranky or tired.
- seem upset or turn their heads away.
- move in a jerky way.
- clench their fists, wave their arms or kick.
- cry, especially if the overstimulation has gone on for a long time.