Asked by: Rhiannon Ezcachomedical health sleep disorders
How do you soothe an overtired baby?
Last Updated: 16th January, 2020
- Swaddle your baby (stop swaddling once babycanroll), even if they fight it, which many tiredbabieswill.
- Once they're swaddled, hold them tightly againstyourchest.
- Breastfeed or give your baby a bottle.
- Gently and slowly rock or bounce your baby and putthemdown drowsy but still awake.
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Similarly, how do you settle an overtired baby?
Watch your 'Awake times' carefully with your older baby,andif she becomes overtired try these tips:
- Take 15 minutes to calm her in her room before putting herdownto sleep.
- To settle her to a drowsy state, read a book in thedimroom.
- Rock her to drowsy.
- Feed if it is feed time.
- Sing a lullaby or play play white noise.
One may also ask, why do overtired babies sleep poorly? The more tired they are, the harder itisto fall asleep. The more tired they get, the morethey fightsleep. An overtired baby will wake upfrequentlythrough the night as they transition sleep cyclebecausethey are uncomfortable. A well-rested babywakes lessduring the night.
Keeping this in consideration, why is my baby fighting sleep?
Reason #1: Your Baby Is Overtired Early signs to look for include quieting down,decreasedactivity and decreased concentration. Missing thoseearlysleepy cues will result in overtiredness. Babieswhoare overtired will fight sleep because their bodieshaveproduced an excess of cortisol, thestresshormone.
How long is overtired?
You may experience overtiredness afterasingle day of not enough sleep, or you may havechronicovertiredness because you're missing out on adequatesleepfor a long stretch of time. One term commonly usedforovertiredness caused by multiple days, weeks, or yearsofsleep deprivation is sleep debt.