As babies grow old, their capacity to stay awake increases. By the time they are a year old, they tend to stay awake for more than three to four hours at a stretch. While it’s a good sign – they’re growing and developing day-by-day, babies do not really realize when they overtire themselves. And, many new parents are unable to even identify or understand that their little one is showcasing signs of overtiredness.
Overtiredness in babies typically happens due to the following reasons:
- Physical fatigue,
- They are caught up in a phase between normal tiredness and extreme exhaustion
- They are in a desperate need of sleep, but something or someone is keeping them falling asleep
One of the most common misconceptions about overtired babies is that if babies exhaust themselves, they have better sleep. That’s not true! This is because overtired babies will be extremely stressed out, anxious, and won't stop crying. This will further hamper their sleeping pattern as well.
So, how do you tell whether or not your little one is overtired or not?