Believe it or not, babies actually have more than just one way to communicate. Yes, they cry – but they also tell us so much more through their movements and other sounds.
Once you’re familiar with baby cues and what they mean, it makes it so much easier to head off meltdowns before they happen.
How to tell if your baby is tired (0 – 3 months)
With many babies, by the time they are crying they are already overtired. By knowing the secret cues to look for, you’ll be able to get baby into bed before they get overtired.
There are a few simple things to keep an eye out for. If your baby is aimlessly staring into the distance or yawning you can be pretty sure they need to be heading to the land of Nod. If bub is no longer interested in their toys or people around them, it’s also a cue to take them somewhere quiet and peaceful.
Look out for jerky movements, sucking of fingers and fussing. Babies may just do one of these things, or ramp up to a few in a short period of time.
Take a look at this Raising Children Network clip which shows what to look for:
If your little one has been happily up for a while and is now displaying some of these cues, it’s time to try a nap.
Want to know if your baby is hungry? Take a look at this visual guide to baby hunger signs.