Snooze detective: 8 easy-to-spot signs your toddler is tired

Little girl in pink cot

Toddlers are delightful little creatures, but they’re also super challenging at times. You’ll be pleased to know that while some of that challenging behaviour is about learning to be a human out in the world, a lot of it is just straight-up needing a nap!

Here’s eight toddler tiredness cues that might help you spot the exact right time to ready your child for a snooze. Godspeed, exhausted mums and dads (and toddlers!)

1. Clinginess

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If you've got a little monkey who won't unwrap themselves from your leg, or is begging to be carried or cuddled, this is very often a sign that they're getting tired. Toddlers know when they're not feeling up to par, so hanging onto Mum or Dad seems a step in the direction of feeling better, in their eyes. Ease your clingy child down for a sleep sooner, rather than later, so they don't get overtired and hard to settle.


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