quiet alert

quiet alert

[kwī′ət]
a period when a neonate is calm and attentive, with eyes open, ready to become acquainted with an adult person. Newborns spend about 10% of their time in this state.
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The quiet alert state is a wonderful time to feed the baby, if possible (Chamblin).
Recognizing and understanding the states of consciousness associated with infants -- quiet sleep, active sleep, drowsiness, active alert, quiet alert and crying -- will help in understanding the needs of the newborn and how to better provide for them.
As you hurriedly begin clearing shelves, an unusual quiet alerts you.