By being able to identify stress cues, you can look out for signs that your baby or child is becoming unsettled. This will help you to know when to help them rest or take part in calming activities.
When you are playing or interacting with your baby or child, or doing daily tasks such as dressing them, changing their nappy or feeding them look out for signs of stress.
If you notice a number of the stress cues below give them a few moments to see if stopping the activity gives them a chance to ‘recover’ themselves. If your baby or child remains unsettled try using some strategies described in the accompanying leaflet. Once they appear settled, and ready again, you can try again.
If you have to break several times then maybe you need to stop that activity or at least slow your pace.
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