“Mommy I know you are worn out. Just kidding I don’t care”
The worst thing being a parent is vulnerability. You don’t know will your baby sleep tonight or cry instead. To comprehend the sentiment of being happy or sad is easy, but what happens when it comes to tiredness? Or what if he is exhausted? You can’t understand the situation but you can just supplicate that he may sleep peacefully tonight. Always remember a tired baby will sleep effectively, but an overtired baby won’t sleep, instead, he will fight the sleep. You even need to learn how to fight a sleeping baby.
A baby gets tired after a certain time and consequently needs rest. Every age has its own tiredness cycle. But it’s natural and nothing to worry about. A baby should feel tired to sleep; else he would stay awake.
Symptoms of tired baby
A baby is tired if he has the following signs even he is newborn or toddler:
An overtired baby’s mind frame can be obviously comprehended by the quote “I think I need to take a nap, but I am confused should I sleep or cry?”. Overtiredness starts when a baby doesn’t get the ideal rest at the opportune time and this makes him aggressive. Sometimes, the situation comes when the baby hasn’t slept for the whole 24 hours and his overtiredness overpowers his mind functionality. He fights sleep. Below are the symptoms of an overtired baby either he is an overtired toddler or an overtired infant:
- Become super active instead of sleeping, at his sleeping time.
- Demand more consideration.
- Start crying their lungs out without any reason.
- Drowsiness is conspicuous in his eyes, but keep fighting sleep.
- Fighting sleep.
- Refuses to have nourishment or play with toys.
- Keep rubbing eyes
- Don’t want mother feed.
- Resistant behavior
- Wants to be rocked constantly.
- Screaming even when crying.
Why does a baby become overtired?
Logically how a sleep cycle disturbs and a baby becomes overtired, we will discuss it in detail throughout the article but first; let’s have a look at medical science’s perspective about his irritated state.
Medically, a person’s sleep time depends on the hormones of his body. Melatonin and cortisol are two major hormones on which sleep is dependent. If melatonin overpowers the cortisol, then the baby will sleep and if the cortisol doesn’t release then there will be a higher stress level in the body and thus it will lead to the overtiredness.
Most of the times, a baby becomes aggressively fatigue due to parent mistakes. They don’t identify the need of baby at the current time and apart from being a parent they are a human being too and need their sleep too. An overtired baby is seriously a challenge. But the question is, do you acknowledge this challenge? Are you ready to accept your oversights and help your baby to sleep better?
Overloaded information: Parents get help from all social media site and every conceivable person to get help about parenting, but it results in a great amount of burden on their heads and they keep on applying the knowledge they get, rather than sensing the genuine idea of a baby. It causes them information uneasiness. Instead of helping their kids in their own ways they end up baffled. Everyone’s assessment affects them a lot.
In this situation, parents should try to take proficient guidance from pediatricians instead of any other source. This will help them to soothe their baby in a better manner.
Inconsistent attempts: Numerous parents take the right steps to help their apathetic baby but instead of being consistent they just try something inevitably. They keep on experimenting and making their children troubled.
In this case, parents should stay consistent if it is to swaddle their babies, feed them, rock them and try whatever makes sense to them. ‘Practice makes a man perfect’ proverb best suits in this situation.
Regular naps: A baby who is not allowed to take naps will end up progressively frustrated and tired…. Overtired. An overtired sleep deprived baby will look fussy and unfocused.
A baby should be allowed to take naps when they wish to. It will keep his mind quiet and abstained from being sated.
Lack of sleep: The lack of sleep is hazardous for parents. Like babies, parents also need to sleep well and if they don’t get their proper sleep they will end up with being more tired and annoying parents. Their sleep deprivation can make them physically, mentally or emotionally disturbed.
In this instance, a parent should endeavor to make the routine to take short naps with their kids. This will help them to stay fresh and calm.
Tank up your baby with nourishment: Mostly parents fill their babies with a great deal of feed just near their sleep time to make them sleepier and so they could sleep a little longer, but it results in the opposite situation. Babies have a small stomach and in this manner, they can digest per their capability only. When you feed your baby this much they would get glutted and would wake up irritated after a small nap.
Don’t overfeed your baby, especially near sleep time. It will not only make him overtired but unhealthy as well.
Sleep association may go to the wrong way: A sleep association is about any object that your baby is reliant for his sleep. A sleep association may be anything like a cushion, bed, pillow, pacifier, even you. If a baby needs to sleep with a pacifier, he will wake up again and again in search of the pacifier. Similarly, if your baby is associated with your warmth he will sense your absence and start crying when he will not discover you. Same goes with other sleep associations.
In such a situation, being a parent you ought to be patient first and develop a sleep training program for your baby to make the baby little less dependent on you.
Only soothing, not teaching: It has been noticed that parents only pamper their babies, but forget to teach them to be independent. They care for their babies at a level that they think their baby is scared to sleep alone, he may want to get feed, or he may need something else. This makes them depress themselves. They don’t let baby demonstrate his need himself in his communication manner. They just assume and stressed themselves. Babies also become overtired with this behavior of their parents.
Parents should try to understand what’s the actual need of the baby and how can they help them to communicate with them. From a newborn baby to an adult everyone communicates by their own method, they just need to be seen well.
What parents should do?
- Have empathetic and affectionate conduct.
- Help him to calm down.
- Make him attracted to sleep.
- Be open to find a solution.
Remedies to make an overtired baby sleep
Here are the remedies to help you to break the over tiredness cycle of baby and make him sleep effectively.
Be at home at his sleep time:
When your baby is in sleeping mode, make him sleep at home instead of any other place or in a car or stroller. A baby will not sleep profoundly at that time and will become overtired.
Always note the timing of baby’s longest nap and stay at home at that time, so that he can get his proper deep sleep.
Set a routine:
A baby is supposed to sleep at his settled routine. A baby becomes surfeited if he doesn’t have a proper schedule. Routines help the baby to keep all the things in stream and steady. A routine gives direction to the baby’s life. He automatically starts to sense that what will be the next and he goes with the flow.
A parent should patiently make the routine for his baby including his naps time and feeding time, sets aside some more opportunity to observe his sleep cycle and resultantly the baby will sleep effectively.
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Solace him physically:
A baby while drowsy, but exhausted needs to be comforted physically. A baby loves to be soothed physically. He will be sleeping more serenely with the physical gestures to guarantee him that someone is with him to pamper him and he is in safe hands.
Parents should always soothe the over irritated baby physically by swaddling, rocking, swinging or caressing the baby.
Feed the overtired baby:
A fatigue baby can be hungry, or may not be. But an apathetic baby must be fighting with sleep and this struggle can make him hungry.
In this case, a baby needs to be fed well. Due to feeding the baby his attention will divert and moreover, he will become a little less tired and now can sleep. He can be given a pacifier either if he doesn’t seem to be hungry. The baby will be soothed and become less tired resultantly.
Check the sleeping environment:
A baby needs to sleep in a room where there is a sluggish environment. Bright lights with curtains open, noisy and television or music on will make him disturbed and he will get irritated easily.
Baby’s room should be dark enough to make him feel sleepy. No noise, no television and no ring on phone or vibration of the mobile phone should be there, only then he will sleep in that exhausted phase.
White noise therapy:
A baby sometimes needs white noise. This will help to soothe him like a therapy. He is more likely to sleep early with the constant sounds that soothe him to sleep.
A parent should use an app or make a constant sound. You can use a fan sound too if your baby finds it attracted to and get asleep faster.
Bathing the baby to sleep:
A baby sometimes feel tired himself, he wants to calm down but he is unable to do anything. The baby is even disturbed by his own condition himself and thus he frustrated himself and wouldn’t stop crying.
In such circumstances, parents should give him a bath to soothe his overtiredness tantrum and make him sleep faster. But giving bathe to soothe him, means a little variant to the normal bathing. Water ought to be warm. The baby should be caressed safely, lights should be little low and noises should be made less while bathing him, this will cure him and he will be feeling less tired to get to sleep.
Play with the baby to sleep him:
Somehow, a baby when he is overtired he becomes hyperactive. In this situation, his mind functions more and he needs more attention. So, his need can be fulfilled by playing with him and making him tired again. This overtiredness to tiredness cycle can help to cure his fussiness and he will sleep faster.
As a parent, a person should start playing with the hyperactive baby. Instead of making him sleep as per their own wish, they should help him to fulfill his desire by playing with him and calm him naturally.
Struggling with “how to get an overtired baby to sleep” is common among many parents, but not impossible to solve.
A baby hereafter is your baby and if he is restless then it is your duty to soothe him by anyway. Always start by observing the reasons of his overtiredness, if you discover the problem then a solution is not difficult to find. A problem how much big it is can be resolved by showing affection towards the baby and being there with him at the hour of need.
If your baby wakes up after 10 minutes of sleep, be alarmed! There is something bothering him all the time. You should understand when to swaddle him, pacify him, feed him or even when to leave him on his own. ‘Keep trying hard, until you succeed’.
When it comes to a baby keep your mindset a bit more active to face the worst situation that can happen. Use the suggested remedies wisely without making him more irritated.