Baby Tired Signs


Recognising and acting on your baby’s ‘tired cues’ may help him settle earlier. A baby who is overtired takes longer to settle to sleep.

Recognising Tired Signs in your new baby:

  • Yawning
  • Facial grimacing
  • Hiccoughs
  • Wandering or cross-eyed
  • Breaking eye contact
  • Jerky limb movements
  • Clenched fists
  • Crying

Recognising Tired Signs in an older baby:

  • Rubbing eyes
  • Whinges and whines
  • Clingy
  • Refuses to feed or eat
  • Yawns
  • Won’t play on his own

Once you have identified your baby’s tired signs and cues help him settle and fall sleep.

Putting them to Sleep eBook has ideas for you to try.

More detailed information Baby sleep patterns

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