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9 Sleep Cues

List of 9 baby sleep cues

As a new parent, it’s common to overlook the gentle sleep signals your little one provides, and before you realize it, you find yourself with a screaming baby. So we’ve broken down your newborn’s sleep cues into three categories to help you determine when it’s nap or bed time and avoid the pitfalls of an overly tired baby.

Innocent signals- these are your these are going be your newborn’s early sleep cues: Blank stare- that dreamy gaze that says “I’m ready to wind down.” Red or flushed eyebrows- Change in color signals a sleep session is approaching. Loss of interest in toys- When playtime loses its fun, it’s a gentle hint that rest is on the horizon.

Attention-grabbing signs: This will be your indication that your baby is in need of sleep. Look for an increase in rubbing the eyes or face. Fussiness or irritability- which indicates a need for comfort and quiet time. Frequent yawning- Just like adults, newborn’s yawn when they’re ready for sleep. Responding promptly during this stage will ensure a smoother transition to sleep and prevent your baby from reaching the point of complete distress.

Urgent cues- if you reached this point, you know your baby is overly tired. Three key characteristics of an overly tired baby are: rigid/arched body, pushing away, and difficult to console. Your baby needs prompt attention and comfort before they can fall asleep.

Recognizing your baby’s sleep cues will allow you to create an easier transition to their sleep time routine.

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