Are you a new mom or a veteran struggling with an infant who doesn’t go by the book?
Does your child cry often irrespective of being in his mental leap, growth spurts or not?
Most common causes for such repetitive behaviours are very simple and can be addressed with just a lil knowledge into child behaviour-identifying their hunger and sleep times.
If you have got your head around these two basics and know how your child reacts to each one of them then you have laid foundation to a successful feeding and sleep schedule. Not to mention the much needed mental n physical peace mommas are gonna achieve from this.
Early Baby Hunger Cues:
1.Smacking or licking lips
2.Opening and closing mouth
3.Sucking on lips, tongue, hands, fingers, toes, toys, or clothing
Active Baby Hunger Cues:
1.Rooting around on the chest of whoever is carrying him
2.Trying to position for nursing, either by lying back or pulling on your clothes
3.Fidgeting or squirming around a lot
4.Hitting you on the arm or chest repeatedly 5.Fussing or breathing fast
Late Baby Hunger Cues:
1.Moving head frantically from side to side
Sleep cues (tired signs)
Newborns: tired signs
Newborn babies will probably get tired if they’ve been awake for 1-1½ hours.
If your newborn is tired, you might see some of the following tired signs:
- pulling at ears
- closing fists
- fluttering eyelids or difficulty focusing – your baby might even go cross-eyed or seem to be staring into space
- making jerky arm and leg movements, or arching backwards
- frowning or looking worried
- sucking on fingers – this could be a good sign and might mean that your baby is trying to find ways to settle to sleep.
- Babies and toddlers: tired signs
At 3-6 months, your baby might be tired after 1½-3 hours awake.
At 6-12 months, your baby might be tired after 2-3 hours awake.
At 12-18 months, your baby might be overtired if he misses out on his morning or afternoon sleep.
If your baby or toddler is tired, you might see some of the following tired signs:
- grizzling or crying
- demands for attention
- boredom with toys
- fussiness with food.