How to Soothe an Overtired Baby: 8 Tips to Help Baby (and You!)

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Your baby is overtired, and they're as grumpy as can be. What do you do?

What you don't do is get upset and yell or act aggressively towards your child. If you do anything that will cause an adverse reaction in your baby, they won't go to sleep.

So, the first thing you do is stay calm and think your way through this situation. Aggression and persuasion aren't going to do the trick here, and it will only keep you up later at night.

Now let's turn our attention to what you can do to soothe your baby and hopefully get them to sleep

Swaddle Your Baby in Something Warm and Cozy

We all love to feel warm and cozy when it's time to go to bed. So does your baby.

A little blanket works in many cases; or you may need to wrap your child more snugly in a sleep sack. Usually, your baby will enjoy the feeling of being wrapped up.

Don't wrap your baby too tight, but just enough so that the warmth of their body heat doesn't escape.

Your baby will remember the warmth of the womb and go to sleep. It sounds crazy, but babies do remember what it felt like to be inside their mom, and the warmth will soothe them.

Hold Your Baby

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Simply holding your baby might do the trick. If it doesn't, the next best thing to do is to hold your baby while walking them.

You might want to put their chest on your chest for added warmth. The warmth of your body heat will soothe your baby and make them go to sleep.

Sometimes walking back and forth also gets their mind off of things. Yes, your baby can be stressed out!

Feed Your Baby Until They're Calm and Ready to Go to Sleep

Quite a few babies prefer to go to sleep with a bottle or a nipple in their mouth. Eating makes them ready for bed and also having something in their mouth.

Try these other tricks if you don't have or don't want to use a bottle.

If you're a new mother, don't be surprised that your baby wants to fall asleep with your nipple in its mouth. There's nothing wrong with giving your baby a little milk to get them to fall asleep.

Don't feel like you're overfeeding your baby to coax them to go to sleep. You're not at a stage where you have to worry about feeding them too much, and it won't take a lot of milk to get them to go to sleep.

A few drops of milk may be all it takes to cause your baby to drift off to sleep.

Rock Your Baby Back and Forth

How would be the perfect time to invest in a rocking chair. If you don't have one, don't worry.

You can rock back and forth while having your baby in your arms. Rocking your baby gently will help them go to sleep.

If you're worried about them being depending on this, try these ideas for helping to wean a baby off rocking to sleep.

It doesn't always work, but it's well worth the effort. Slowly rock back and forth and get a good pace going.

It's all about the pace, and you'll understand that once you've rocked a baby to sleep a few times. Go slow, but steady, and your baby will eventually fall asleep.

Play White Noise to Create a Calming Atmosphere

You can buy a white noise machine and keep it running in the background. The noise will soothe your baby and also drown out any sounds that might be agitating your baby.

Another option is to search on YouTube for white noise videos. You'll even find white noise videos to put babies to sleep on YouTube.

Keep running the white noise in the background until your baby falls asleep. Your baby may wake up if you turn the white noise off.

You can keep your smartphone near your baby as they sleep if you want. You can also put a Bluetooth speaker near their bed if that's more comfortable.

Turn Out All the Lights to Make Sure Your Baby's Room is Dark

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If there was one thing that most parents overlook, it's this one right here. Your baby's room needs to be dark for them to fall asleep. Sometimes, babies fall asleep in well-lit rooms, but darkness makes it easier to sleep.

Turns the lights out and get comfortable holding your baby. If you feel that it might help, but your baby in their bed.

Make sure your phone or other electronic devices are turned off, and their glow isn't keeping your baby awake.

Sing Your Baby to Sleep with a Lullaby

Admit it, singing a lullaby feels a little odd at first.

It won't feel so strange singing a lullaby when you haven't gotten much sleep for the past two weeks.

You don't need to be a professional singer or even know the words to a lullaby. Make up your own song and sing it to your baby.

Your voice should be soft and soothing while you sing. Your baby could care less about what the words are in your lullaby.

The sound of your voice will calm your baby down.

If All Else Fails, Take Your Baby for a Ride in the Car

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Quite a few parents hate the idea of taking their baby for a ride in the car to get them to fall asleep.

Let's face it, a ride in the car puts many children to sleep. Go around the block a few times or hit the open highway where you can drive without being disturbed.

You don't need to drive halfway around the country; just a couple of miles will do.

The feeling of being in the car moving is enough to put many babies to sleep. If it works for you, give it a try.

Taking your baby for a ride should be a last resort, but don't avoid doing it because you feel silly. There's nothing silly about wanting your overtired baby to get some sleep.

You'll Get Used to a Grumpy Tired Baby Eventually

The world feels like it's falling apart when your baby is crying because they can't fall asleep.

New parents always run around like the house is on fire when their baby is overtired. It doesn't feel like it now, but you'll eventually get used to it.

Sometimes babies can be so tired they can't fall asleep. The same thing happens to adults as well.

The next time your baby is grumpy because they can't sleep, don't worry about it. Instead, try one of these techniques to get them to go to sleep.

Stay calm, stay focused, and eventually, your baby will fall asleep, and so will you.