How do you know if your baby is sleepy or exhausted? Some babies are easier to read than others and some babies get crankier than others without enough sleep. It highly depends on your baby’s temperament. So, what are the signs to look for?
A baby is sleepy if she is:
• Less active
• Staring off in space (or has glassy eyes)
A baby is exhausted if he is:
• Rubbing his eyes
• Fussy or cranky
• Overly hyper (strange, but true)
• Looking like he has bags under his eyes
• Falling asleep mid-activity
Just in case there is any doubt, I thought I’d show this video which is either very funny illustrating what I would call a “sleep fighter” like my son is/was or sad that this baby is not in his crib happily sleeping. I’ll let you decide. He’s a cutie either way.
In general, if your baby is THIS sleepy, you are waiting WAY too late to put him down to sleep. 🙂 Of course, even when you do usually put your baby down for sleep before this point, even the biggest sleep fighter can surprise you. My son has fallen asleep in his highchair once or twice, too, which shocked me to say the least. Here is another video of a baby who fell asleep in his highchair. Do you consider this cry it out? 😀
Ideally, you want to put your baby down to sleep when she is sleepy, but not after she’s over-tired or exhausted. Overtired babies will fight sleep more, wake more frequently, and possibly wake too early in the morning. Of course, you can wait until your baby is exhausted and falls asleep where she lays like the babies above, but of course that is unreliable, not promoting healthy sleep habits, and could make problems worse. Hopefully, reading this site will help your baby sleep through the night and your baby nap better, so you don’t have to wait until she crashes in a high chair, on the sofa, or in the stroller.
Note: These are mostly just humorous videos I thought were both cute and funny at the same time, yet important to remind us to promote healthy sleep habits in our children. I, in no way, pass judgment on these parents because no one knows whether this was the first time or the hundredth time the kids have fallen asleep this way and I know one mom whose ONE video of her son singing an (adult) song that circulated the internet had a lot of negative comments that were really unfair to her. I don’t want those moms feeling that I’m saying that in any way. Thank you for sharing your cuties with us!