Experts agree that a consistent bedtime routine is necessary to get your little one to sleep well, but if you're not sure of the ways your baby is trying to tell you they're sleepy, you may be putting them to bed too early or when they are past the point of exhaustion and gaining their second wind. (Which is like the cruelest joke Mother Nature has ever played, am I right?)
Luckily, it's not like babies are trying to be coy or secretive — they're pretty open about sharing how they feel. The trick is recognizing that the way your baby is acting is because they're sleepy and not, you know, just being a baby. The University of Michigan noted that your child's ideal bedtime is just before their sleepy cues start becoming evident. Waiting until your child is screaming with exhaustion or passing out on you? No good.
But knowing these seven ways your baby is trying to tell you they're sleepy can eliminate that over-tired exhaustion from taking over the bedtime routine. Note when the cues are happening so you can establish a bedtime that makes sense for your little one and ensures they get as much sleep as possible.