Overtired baby

It is every parent’s dream: You feed the baby, wrap it, give it a kiss, put it to bed, close the door and the baby falls asleep peacefully and contentedly. Parents with babies like this are really lucky, but what if they aren’t?

When babies suffer from sleep problems, it is often because the signs of overtiredness are recognized too late. If you realize too late that your baby is tired, you often end up in a vicious circle. Once overtired babies quickly start crying, it is not easy to soothe them again and we start to find possible solutions to the problems that calm the child down again. All this action naturally makes the baby even more tired and fussy. In order not to get into this situation in the first place, you have to pay close attention to your child and Recognize the signs correctly and, above all, in good time.

The Signs of Babys’ Tiredness

Yawning baby, baby rubbing the eye, baby sucking the thumb


Nothing indicates tiredness quite like yawning. So obviously, when a baby yawn, it is tired. Then there is no time to lose and you should start putting the child to bed, otherwise, it will quickly become overtired and the crying will start faster than you can expect.

Rubbing face and eyes and pulling ears

When babies are tired, they automatically start rubbing their eyes or playing and pulling their ears.


One of the best ways to soothe the baby is to suckle. For babies, this is just incredibly relaxing and many of them calm down very quickly. An increased need to suckle often indicates that the baby is tired.

Bad mood

As with any other unmet need, when they are tired, children start to feel bad.


When we are tired, we withdraw, which is also true for babies. For example, if a baby can already turn its head, it will start to turn away from things like toys and people. It is hard to interact with them when your baby is tired.

Search for closeness

Babies feel most comfortable with mum and dad. So they need a lot of closeness in order to calm down. They then often snuggle up really close and literally bury their heads in mum and dad’s arms.

Every child is individual and their signs of tiredness are always different. It is therefore very important that you pay close attention to your child and study it properly. Therefore, not all signs have to appear all the time, sometimes it is just the inconspicuous yawn. The older they get, the better they can make themselves understood, and as they get older it often becomes easier to read the signs.

However, if you don’t take action quickly, it will move from tiredness to overtiredness.

Related: What to Do When Your Baby Has Sleep Problems