HELP - restless baby!!!!!

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My baby girl - 4 months 2 weeks - keeps me up all night long because she is so restless when she sleeps, she rolls over, hands are moving (rubbing her face, in the air), head moves back & forth . I am debating on whether or not to start giving her a bit of rice cereal - so far we are breastfeeding and she has been a big eater right from birth. I know they say to wait until 6 months before introducing solids and that was my plan, but I want the best for my little girl, and if she is hungry & not getting enough from breastfeeding, I want to do what's best for her. Anybody have any advice for my restless baby??

She feeds about every 2 hours (sometimes 3 during the day) but during the night she not only feeds every 2 hours, but is restless in between = no sleep for mommy. If anyone has been in a similar situation, i would love to hear your stories. Thanks in advance for your help with my restless baby!

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Rinku - posted on 09/19/2013

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I also have daughter 4 month and one week she is also having same problem. she dont sleep at night fully restless. i myself & my husband are also in same situation. in day she sleep near about 4 hours. i am so much worried about her sleeping working hours. please suggest me any idea to make her sleep because doctor has given her medicine for sleeping. but this is bad practice. full night we sit with her and play music that she like & wait for her sleeping.

Mandy - posted on 09/11/2009

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i co-sleep and swaddle..and since birth my son has managed to unwrap himself.
starting solids early wont help with sleep, asnt isnt necessary as your milk supplies all the nurtrition needed. my son has always been a big eater as well.
many night i found myself sitting on the loung with my son settling him while i watch tv.
she will get past it. hang in there...you are doing a great job!

Lisa - posted on 09/10/2009

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How about swaddling your restless baby. My kiddo is a much calmer sleeper when swaddled. Just an idea. Not sure about the rice cereal. Haven't had our 4 month appt yet so don't know what my doc suggests re adding cereal and solids. Good luck with your restless baby. Lisa.

Karissa - posted on 09/10/2009

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When my daughter hit 4 months I started her on rice cereal... once a day and then at 5 months to twice a day. My daughter will sometimes move a lot as well (she is 9 months) and still I find I can't sleep when I hear my restless baby. She's in the same room as us, sometimes in the same bed, so it's difficult.

However, for a while I had to sleep on the couch just to get some sleep. This actually was better for both of us because believe me, you will definitely hear your child cry whether or not your in the same room.

My daughter still does not sleep through the night so I'm not sure if eating has to do with sleeping but hopefully something will work for you so you can get some sleep!

Jeandre - posted on 09/11/2009

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Yay, I'm so glad I'm not the only one with a restless baby!!! My baby girl is 3 months and is a very happy breastfed baby, but squirms and wriggles 80% of the time, so much so that she wakes herself up. I feel your pain! I've tried swaddling and she does sleep better, but she eventually unwraps herself. I've even joked and said she needs a strain jacket, because as long as she's held down she sleeps great. Do you co-sleep with your baby Amanda?

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Belinda - posted on 12/30/2013

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I bought a swaddle blanket (kiddopotumus) because my little one was restless. This worked really well. The other thing I have is a hammock, if all else fails I pop her in this and she is asleep in no time. It also means I can have it next to the bed so if she wakes, I don't need to get up to hold her, I just bounce the hammock.

Jessica - posted on 05/18/2013

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They have a swaddled called Houdini woombie- google it- works wonders for baby who r restless pediatrician said is fine to use

Jessica - posted on 05/18/2013

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My daughter had the same problem bought a Houdini woombie at diapers.com and he sleeps much better Pediatrician said they are fine -swaddling him didn't work because he could work his arms out he actually loves going into woombie

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My son was a very restless baby at that age (he's now 9 months). A lot of it was a result of gas, so I cut out eating certain foods that I determined were causing it. That helped a lot. But, he still has some nights like that, typically when he is going through a growth spurt, a new tooth is working it's way out, etc but usually he sleeps well (I still nurse him at night which is very normal). I would hold off on the cereal until at least 6 months. My son has never had cereal and is only now starting to show some interest in solids (and he is a big boy).

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My son was a very restless baby at that age (he's now 9 months). A lot of it was a result of gas, so I cut out eating certain foods that I determined were causing it. That helped a lot. But, he still has some nights like that, typically when he is going through a growth spurt, a new tooth is working it's way out, etc but usually he sleeps well (I still nurse him at night which is very normal). I would hold off on the cereal until at least 6 months. My son has never had cereal and is only now starting to show some interest in solids (and he is a big boy).

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