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Keep a watchful eye on these changes in your child

Though we like kids and love them very much, raising a child is not an easy task. In order to raise a successful child, as parents, you will have to shoulder many responsibilities and make many sacrifices. Since the day a child is born until the day he can utter a few words and express his needs, parents will have to understand and fulfil his needs. Babies often communicate their discomforts and tiredness by crying or by being fussy or aggressive. At such moments you should be able to identify the changes in your child’s behaviour and calm him. When a baby or a toddler is overtired, the best thing to do is to allow him to get some sleep. So if you feel that your baby is tired, prepare the environment for him to sleep. Ignoring the overtiredness of the child will eventually have negative consequences as it can make your child grumpy and disobedient in future. Therefore when your child is tired, help him fall asleep. Sleeping helps your child to get the required rest. As mentioned earlier, until a child is capable of verbally expressing his needs, parents will have to figure out the needs of their child. So, today we'll discuss with you how a child behaves when he is tired and how you can easily identify these tired signs.

01. Tired signs in 0-3 months babies

Newborn babies spend most of their time sleeping. In fact, the amount of time they spend awake is lesser than the amount of time they spend sleeping. If a newborn stays awake for 1 2/1 hours, he will be tired. So it's better to put your newborn to sleep as soon as you fulfil his needs. Further, when newborns feel tired they behave in a  totally different way than older babies. Newborns are capable of making only a few movements and gestures and its not an easy task to decipher this nonverbal communication. However, if you pay close attention you will be able to identify these tired signs in your baby. If your newborn shows the following tired signs start settling him for sleep.

  • Sucking on fingers
  • Pulling at ears
  • Staring into space
  • Making jerky arm and leg movements
  • Fluttering eyelids
  • Frequent crying

02. Tired signs in 3-12 months babies

Babies at this age become tired if they have been awake for more than 2-3 hours. Further babies at this age are more active than newborns and can move their hands and feet well. Therefore it is easy for parents to identify the signs of tiredness in the baby. Also at this age, your baby might be following a bedtime or naptime routine. So you know when the time is right for your baby to get some sleep and you can put him to sleep before he gets overtired. The following signs in your baby will show that he is exhausted;

  • Rubbing eyes
  • Pulling at hair and ears
  • Yawning
  • Wanting to nurse
  • Crying

03. Tired signs in toddlers

Toddlers can easily get tired if they miss their morning or evening nap. Toddlers normally nap twice a day not more than that. At this age, you have a better understanding of your child’s behaviour so identifying his tired signs will not be a difficult task. Following are the tired sings you will notice in toddlers;

  • Rubbing eyes
  • Pulling at hair and ears
  • Fussiness with food
  • Crying for no reason
  • Clumsiness
  • Screaming and whining

04. If you notice that your child is tired or exhausted do the following;

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the best thing to do when your child is exhausted is to help him get some sleep. However, your child might display some of the above signs when he is hungry. Hunger and tired signs in children are quite similar and could easily confuse the parents. So if you feed your child the right amount of food at the right time, you can easily distinguish tired signs from hunger signs. If you think that your child is exhausted, you can do the following to help him relax and ready for sleep;

  • Taking your child to the place where he usually sleeps
  • Control disturbing lights
  • Put his toys away
  • Paly a soothing music
  • Breastfeed if your child is used to falling asleep while feeding
  • Sing him a song or tell him a story quietly and soothingly
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