Signs of tiredness


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Signs that your baby may be tired

Tired babies give out a lot of clues but it sometimes take a bit of detective work to spot them!  We’ve put together this helpful guide if you’re trying to work out if your child is tired, here are a few signs you can look out for:
  • Suddenly irritable, fussy, overactive or demanding
  • Less vocal
  • Eyelids drooping
  • Eyes less focused
  • Appear calmer
  • Less interested
  • Decreased activity
  • Sucking may be weaker or slower
  • Slower movements
  • Quieter
  • Pulling at ears or hair
  • Closing fists
  • Fluttering eyelids
  • Jerky arms and legs movement
  • Arching backwards
  • Yawning
  • Sucking on fingers – might mean your baby is trying to self-settle

If you’re struggling with your baby’s sleep, you are not alone and we are here to help you. Why not check out our Baby Sleep Guide and come and chat to other mums, our sleep expert and health visitor Maggie and our team of trained parent helpers.

Health Visitor approved advice

This guide has been checked and approved by our in-house Health Visitor, Maggie Fisher in September 2018.

Other factsheets in this series

Safe sleeping for babies

Your baby’s average sleep needs

Sleep and awake states of your baby

Your baby’s sleep cycles

The effect food can have on your baby’s sleep

Comforting and soothing your baby to sleep

Sleep aids that might help settle your baby

Swaddling your baby

Bedtime routines

Using the ‘Gradual Retreat’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Controlled Checking’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Kissing Game’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Pick Up, Put Down’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Wake to Sleep’ sleep training method

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The Channel Mum sleep guide

How to sooth a crying baby

Controlled Crying