In Safe Hands
Sleep and Behaviour Support & Advice
Contact us
07885 724662

Overtired or Under-tired? How do I know?

Do you feel as if you are going round in circles with your baby/ child’s sleep? Maybe you think your baby isn’t tired enough and that is why they struggle to go to sleep.

Understanding the Signs of both Overtiredness and Under-tiredness is helpful in finding a pattern for your day and looking for those sleep cues.

The challenge is that for many babies by the time they show their cues that optimum time for putting them down for a Nap may have come and gone.

So how can you best prepare your little ones for Naps and Bedtime?

Here are a few Top Tips to get you started:

  1. Get to know your baby’s Wake Windows
  2. Start a wind down 5-10min before putting down
  3. For Overtired or for those fussy periods Sling wearing can be really beneficial to keep your baby close and comforted whilst freeing your hands up a bit
  4. Try not to push your baby into set times which result in meltdowns. Your baby is individual and so their sleep needs are individual too
  5. Create a Sleep Environment which is calm, positive and conducive to sleep.
  6. Be realistic with how much sleep your baby or child needs.

Signs of Overtiredness

Signs of Undertiredness

For further Information on improving sleep and an initial FREE 15 minute appointment please contact Julie on 07885 724662 or

Julie believes in creating safe and secure sleep spaces for babies and children. This can be achieved through Co-sleeping or in Cots/Beds.