Tired signs in the first 12 weeks

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.

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.

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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