Signs Your Baby Is Overstimulated

We all need downtime—even the very youngest among us. Here are some signs your baby is overstimulated and needs some peaceful, safe, alone time, or at least some quiet one-on-one time with his favorite person—you!

Babies can become overwhelmed and overstimulated when they:

  • Are tired
  • Have been held or handled a lot, or passed around to several people
  • Their routine is disrupted]
  • They are not feeling well

You’ll know your little one needs some quiet time when he or she:

  • Looks away as if upset
  • Cries or fusses and becomes more difficult to distract or please
  • Makes jerky movements, clenches fists or waves arms and legs
  • Clenches fists and waves arms and legs

Calming the Overstimulated Baby

Pay close attention to your baby and try to guess at what is bothering him or her. If there are many people in the room, consider taking the baby to a quiet, darker room and sit with or rock him or her. If the TV or music is blaring, try turning these off.

Cuddle, stroke or pat your baby gently. Try placing him or her in the crib to nap.

See also ...

•  VIDEO: What an overstimulated baby looks like 


Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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