An over-tired baby can turn into your worst enemy, especially in public. Sometimes, even the sweetest little guy can unleash the worst tantrum, and it is all because they are tired. Crankiness in kids doesn’t always mean your little one is in a bad mood. It might just mean they need to sleep.
Here are the three main things that happen to an over-tired child:
Ever wondered where the burst of energy comes from at 10pm at night? It’s not the lollipop they had 5 hours ago. The running around and screaming, even in the afternoons, can all be signs that your little one has to take a nap or be tucked in for the evening.
Emotional volatility, according to The Sleep Connection, is prevalent amongst kids that are sleep deprived. They usually display restlessness and get easily frustrated.
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Moodiness and depression
Even teens that are sleep deprived are more susceptible to anxiety and depression. If they don’t receive adequate sleep due to sleeping later and waking up too early, they might be significantly affected.
How much sleep does a toddler need?
According to What to Expect, toddlers need 11-14 hours of sleep every night. Toddlers should be getting one or two naps in a day as well, and the time can vary. At some point, they will be ready to drop from two naps to one. Signs that they’re ready to drop a nap include either resisting the second nap or vocalising that they don’t want to nap.
At around age three, some are even ready to drop the daytime nap completely. If your toddler is okay throughout the day and does not display signs of being overtired, you can drop the nap.
If not, it is advisable not to give up on nap time, for theirs and your own good.
Your sanity depends on it.
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Karabo Mokoena is a wife, a girl mom, a writer and content creator. She is the Resident Contributor for Parenty and a Mommy Blogger, creating relatable parenting content for her blog Black Mom Chronicles. You can engage with her on her Instagram and Facebook pages. She is a Political Science graduate, who has worked in Human Resources for most of her professional career. She loves engaging with people, thus her choice to specialise in recruitment. She loves telling stories and sharing her life’s journey to brighten someone else’s day