I live in a small town about 20 minutes from most of our fun activities. I often get anxious about whether to take my kids to the zoo, splash pad, or even the grocery store in the morning because I know when we leave they will fall asleep on the way home. I don’t know about you, but car naps can wreck our day.
I’ve had too many instances where my kids don’t lay down for a full nap after their 20 minute snooze. This leaves me with an irritable, overtired, irrational tiny human being by 4pm.
What does it mean to be overtired?
How does a baby get overtired?
If your baby skips a nap or takes too short of a nap you will most likely be dealing with an overtired baby. When a baby is awake for longer than they can physically handle a stress reaction is triggered and hormones, such as cortisol, are released making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep!
Symptoms of an Overtired Baby
- Rubbing their eyes
- Tugging their ears
- Overly Fussy/Cries Easily
- Short Naps
- Overactive: You would think an overtired baby would be lethargic, but oftentimes overtired babies are highly energetic!
What to do to calm an overtired baby?
1. Pacifiers: Infant pacifiers are great for helping baby to calm down. The issue with newborn pacifiers is that it keeps falling out! It’s hard to keep babies calm for long if their infant pacifier keeps falling out!
Luckily, we now have the Ingy Bingy Band to stop this problem! The Ingy Bingy Band is a pacifier wristband that helps your overtired baby to calm down all on their own. This pacifier bracelet helps babies to self-soothe from as early as four months old! They can find it on their own and use it whenever they need to in order to help them relax and hopefully fall asleep!
2. Sound & Darkness: After growing inside of you for 9 months, your baby is used to the darkness of your womb and the sounds of your body. Snuggling your overtired baby in a dark room with a sound machine playing might just be what they need to drift off to sleep!
3. Movement: Rocking your baby in a rocking chair or simply walking around the house might be what your baby needs to relax.
4. Swaddle: If your baby can’t roll over yet, then you can try swaddling to help soothe your overtired baby. Swaddling keeps babies wrapped up tight like they were in the womb and prevents them from startling themselves awake.
Dealing with an overtired baby is stressful and exhausting! It breaks our mama hearts to see our babies sad and irritable so Make sure to pay attention to sleepy cues and wake windows in order to prevent your baby from getting overtired!