Your Baby's Moods

You’ve probably noticed that your baby has different moods over the course of the day. Sometimes she is quietly awake, her eyes wide open and looking directly at you. These are the times when you can’t help but gaze back at her, getting to know this new person in your life.

Newborns go through 3 awake states:

  1. Quiet alert moments
  2. Active alert times, in which they move their arms and legs
  3. Crying

They also have 2 sleep states (quiet and active), as well as drowsiness, the time between sleeping and waking.

You’ll soon learn to read your baby’s state and other cues, which will help you meet his needs more easily.


See also ...
Newborn states of consciousness from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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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