Understanding Baby Overstimulation: Why It Happens, Signs and How to Soothe It

What Is an Overstimulated Baby?

Babies, just like adults and older children, can get overstimulated. It can be caused by loud noise, strange people or a different environment. Some babies don’t get overstimulated easily, while it is easier for others. Overstimulation in babies may manifest as crying, irritability or clinginess [1]. Experts describe overstimulation as exposing a baby or child to more stimuli than they can handle or are used to.

Babies and toddlers within any age bracket can be affected by overstimulation. Overstimulation in babies happens fairly often. It mostly affects children within 2 weeks to 3 to 4 months old. It is possible for an older child (3-4 years) to get overstimulated, too. In some cases, you will discover that your toddler or preschooler has a meltdown after spending a day with friends and family.

In this article I will be discussing some signs of an overstimulated baby and how to handle the situation. You must understand what an overstimulated baby means, to know how to soothe it.