If you're a new parent, then you're likely sleep deprived. It's just one of the not-really-perks of brining a tiny human into the world. But, have you stopped to consider that if you aren't getting enough sleep to fully function, your baby may not be either? Think about it — if your little one isn't sleeping, there's a good chance no one else in the house is, either. This is why it's important to the whole family to learn how to help a sleep-deprived baby.
According to Parenting Science, pediatricians and parents have noted that some signs of sleep deprivation in very young babies include a lack of interest in people and the environment, a tendency to look away from stimulating things, as well as hand and face gestures such as pulling ears, rubbing eyes, fluttering eyelids, and yawning.
As they get older, babies may exhibit other signs of sleep deprivation such as becoming more accident prone or clingy. They may become more active as the night wears on. Older babies with sleep deprivation also have a hard time recovering from negative emotions, they may experience feeding trouble, and can be harder to awaken.
Sleep deprivation is no fun for anyone, especially not for infants who don't understand why they are feeling out of sorts. Amy Bassett, a sleep consultant for Baby Sleep Site, gave Romper five tips to help your sleep-deprived baby get some much needed rest.