It takes most babies at least a year or so to learn to talk, which means parents are stuck doing a lot of guess work for the first part of their child's life. Whether they're tired, hungry, or in pain, parents are left to read their baby's cues to try to figure out what they need. Luckily, babies send some pretty consistent signals to communicate their needs, especially when it comes to sleep. There are several ways your baby is trying to tell you they're ready for a nap, and knowing what they are can make getting them to bed much easier.
According to What To Expect, a baby will sleep as much as 16 to 20 hours a day for the first six months of their life. That means naps are a key part of getting the rest they need to grow and develop. And of course, naps are great for moms and dads too— you can either snooze along with your baby, use the time for housework, or just relax on the couch with a good book or your favorite show. I have no shame in admitting my toddler's nap time is one of my favorite times of the day.
Here are seven signs your baby wants a nap, ASAP.