My 5 month shakes his head from side to side when he's sleeping or falling asleep.

Kerry - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old just started to shake his head from side to side really fast. Sometimes he does this then laughs. I think it makes him dizzy. Other times he does it in his sleep or when hes falling asleep. Its this normal? Hasa anyone else ever seen this?

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Tara - posted on 02/09/2010

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My 5 month old daughter does this as well. I'm a pediatric nurse and I asked one of our pediatricians about this and she said it is completely normal. There are many opinions regarding the reason for it, but many think it is an effort to stay awake, as many babies fight sleep, especially if there is noise or something that sounds interesting. Another theory is that baby is checking the boundaries of their sleeping area, who knows why they do it, but it is cute.

Tess - posted on 09/23/2013

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I am 21 I used to do it all the time up until I was 18 it helped me sleep I stopped doing it for a while but lately ive been doing it and some times when I am sleeping my husband wakes me up because I am shaking my head in my sleep and I don't know it, my son does it too hes a year old.

Belinda - posted on 02/10/2010

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All my kids have done this. I believe it is their settling technique before sleep time. Often they do it, then stop focus on something, next thing asleep. All normal. :-)

Sadie - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son does it as well, me nd my partner was worried to start off with bt obivously its nothing to worry bout, he does it before hes bout to go to sleep, i think its to wake him up a bit cos he does it thn looks round nd lafs! afta a while tho he does go off to sleep!

Rachel - posted on 02/07/2010

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my son constantly does this, its a bit annoying for me as he has a dummy and most of the time when he tries to go to sleep im there popping his dummy back in or else he cries, its perfectly normal

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Haverty - posted on 01/04/2014

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My 8 month old daughter does it when she's fully awake and smiles when she's doing it (usually). I think she's just doing it for fun, but it kind of worries me because my son never did that...only right before he went to sleep, which is normal. I'm hoping she's just developing her little personality and showing us that she's trying to make us laugh? She usually does it when she's sitting on our laps and she doesn't seem to be dizzy by it, although if it were me, I'd probably puke. :)

Diana - posted on 07/19/2013

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Thank you for asking about this i was wondering about it and after reading all the comments i feel better my 5 months baby does it

Komla - posted on 02/11/2010

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Thanks Kerry for posting this Q....my daughter is doing this and after reading all the replies I feel reassured :)

Nadine - posted on 02/10/2010

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My bubby does this when he's going to sleep. Shakes his head side to side super fast then falls asleep - Guess it must help them to settle just like when they're rubbing their face.

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I think to help fall asleep, it is very normal. I read it somewhere, but I forgot where.

Beverly - posted on 02/10/2010

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yeh its normal as soon as my son had head control he started that i think it a comfort thing,my son doesnt av dummy so extra comfort for him, x

Christie - posted on 02/10/2010

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That is TOO funny!! My little girl does this and I was wondering if it was normal!! I feel a little better now. She mainly does it when she is sleepy or irriated!! She is VERY nosey and I think it wakes her up a bit! :O)

Helen - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son also does this. He has done since he was born but mainly when he is tired and in his sleep. I just thought he was doing it to stop himself from falling to sleep. Maybe its just a comfort thing!

Alisha - posted on 02/09/2010

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my oldest son didn't do it, but my middle son did and so we started calling it crazy baby and he would do it more and laugh then he just stopped one day and so far my youngest son only does it when he is tiered

Samantha - posted on 02/09/2010

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My 6-month-old son has been doing this for a while now. He's wearing a little bald patch on the back of his head, but otherwise its not a problem. My husband calls him a little fishy, as he looks like a fish flapping about out of water!

Aya - posted on 02/08/2010

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hey, i was very frustrated because my son was doing the same thing BUT he stopped about a month ago. im not sure what is it that he was trying to experience all i know is it made me scared, especially when doing it in his sleep. dont worry, he will stop eventually.

Rishan - posted on 02/08/2010

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Oh my Goodness!! I thought my son was the only one.. yes he does this when he's really sleepy so its a good sign for me.. plus it always makes me smile :D

Heather - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter does this too when she's falling asleep. Sometimes I think she does it because she doesn't want to go to sleep and it wakes her up a bit...she's a nosy rosy and doesn't want to miss anything, lol.

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My son has done this for a few months now, almost every time he falls asleep. I think its normal!

Helen - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter does it all the time when she is going off to sleep. I think it calms her.

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