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Tired Signs


Recognising and acting on your baby’s tired cues can help them settle earlier and easier. When your baby won’t settle and becomes overtired, getting them to settle and fall asleep is often more difficult and may take longer than usual.

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Learn to identify tired signs in your young baby:


  • Facial grimacing
  • Yawning
  • Hiccoughs – not the only cause
  • Wandering or cross-eyed – worse when tired
  • Breaking eye contact
  • Jerky limb movements
  • Clenched fists
  • Crying

Learn to identify tired signs in your older baby:

  • Rubbing eyes
  • Whinges and whines
  • Clingy
  • Refuses to feed or eat
  • Yawns
  • Fussing at the breast
  • Won’t play on their own

Once you have identified your baby’s tired signs and cues, help him settle and fall sleep. There are several things you can do to help your baby settle and sleep but it is important to understand that every baby may need different strategies and support – depends on personality, environment and comfort to name a few.
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