Your angelic child is suddenly irritable, overactive or demanding. You’ve checked and she’s not hungry, cold/hot, bored or wearing a soiled nappy. So what could it be? Chances are she’s overtired.
Small children show that they are tired through changes in their behaviour. Over time you will come to recognise your child’s cues. Look for your child’s “tired cues” and you can help her by reducing stimulation and start settling her before overtiredness sets in and that awful behaviour even begins!
Typical cues that your newborn is tired, she may:
Babies and toddlers
Typical cues that your baby or toddler is tired, she may be:
If your child is showing signs of tiredness you can reduce stimulation by:
Glossary: grizzling Fussing or crying a little; a tired baby may grizzle before going off to sleep, and this is different to the strenuous crying of a distressed baby. Many mothers note that their baby often sleeps better after being allowed to grizzle for a few minutes before dropping off to sleep!
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.