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Tired signs in the first 12 weeks……

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It can be difficult to know when it’s the right time to put your baby down for a nap. Early tired signs are often easily missed meaning they are already over tired by the time they go to bed.

Early tired signs include

  • Jerky movements
  • Slowed movements
  • Yawning (you may miss the first couple if your baby is still happily playing)
  • Your baby will often start to turn away from you if you are trying to engage with them.
  • Facial grimacing
  • Eye rubbing (although with a very young baby they won’t have the coordination to do this)
  • Grizzling

Signs your baby is now over tired

  • Excessive yawning
  • Crying
  • Increased activity (displaying signs of hyperactivity)
  • Increased babbling and animation

With a young baby 0-12 weeks tired signs are more difficult to pick up on than older babies (over 4 months). In the early days it is often easier to go by age appropriate awake times as well as checking for tired signs to ensure your get your baby settled and down for a nap prior to them becoming overtired.

A guide for age appropriate awake times for the first 12 weeks

0-3 weeks – 40-60 mins awake time (this includes feed, burp and change)

3-6 weeks – 1 ¼ hours (up to 1.5)

6-9 weeks – 1 ½ hours (up to 1 ¾ hours)

9-12 weeks – 1 ¾ hours

If your baby falls asleep frequently when feeding it can be a good idea to have a break half way through for a nappy change and burp and try again. It is common for young babies to fall asleep at the breast before they have finished a feed meaning they will often wake up soon after going down for a nap due to hunger. Another good idea is to take a couple of layers off if you’re trying to encourage them to wake to finish their feed.

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