Moaning, groaning, and whimpering during sleep

Cari - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Does your baby make sounds all through the night? My preemie, who has been home from the NICU for a month now, constantly makes sounds-moaning, groaning and whimpering. I thought at first that he was just pooping, but that isn't the case. Is this normal?

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Kelsey - posted on 01/22/2010

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ok i was going to start a post on how much my son was grunting... then i saw this one :) I'm so happy to know it's normal but OMG I don't get any sleep and we can't move him out of our room because he will be sharing a room with our 19 month old! can anyone give me and tips to minimalize the grunting?? right now I am sleeping downstairs with him so my husband can sleep for work the next day...it's easier then hearing my get stressed quick husband in the middle of the night waking up the whole house because our son won't stop grunting! please help i need sleep!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/15/2010

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LOL... Oh this is very normal... My daughter was 3 months with she started to sleep soundly. She is almost 5 months old, 2 months corrected, and she doesn't make nosies in her sleep anymore... the frist two week we had her home I thought that she was wakeing up, so I would get a bottle ready, you know to stay ahead of her, but when I would go to get her she would be sound to sleep... It does get better, hang in there.

Stacy - posted on 12/08/2012

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My son has been doing the same thing. He seems to be doing it much more this week, since he has been sleeping in the crib. He screams, grunts, rubs his eyes, and stretches. 4 out of the 6 nights he moves himself 45degrees in the crib. Anyone else seeing a lot of movement with the grunting???????

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my son does the same. he makes whimpering noises alot. i asked his doctor and they said it is perfectly normal for them to make noises.

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Kasey - posted on 12/03/2012

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My daughter is such a loud sleeper! She moans and growls all the time! She is now eight months old and still does that. I'm back at work now and I am up at three every morning. Is it normal for her to be this old and still making those noises?

Heather - posted on 01/14/2010

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oh yes it's very normal for a preemie to make lots of sounds during sleep. I didn't know this with my first preemie and thought there was something wrong. It sounds like they just aren't sleeping peacefully, but they are. They also will be in deep sleep and suddenly wake up on full blast or be wide awake and then just fall to sleep, there's no in between stage for them. The good news is they do grow out of it. Good luck.

Cari - posted on 01/14/2010

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That would be scary! My baby is on oxygen, so I have all the O2 Sat monitor.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter (31 weeker) is a grunter, but when she sleeps she is so peaceful that my husband and I used to disturb her sleep because we were scared she wasn't breathing. In the hospital the monitors would let me know when she would stop breathing and I would stimulate her to get her breathing again but I was scared to sleep at night when she came home. I woke up at 5:30 one morning and looked over at her and her face was completely blue. I was half awake until I seen her and I just grabbed her up and as soon as I picked her up her color came right back. That was the scariest thing ever.

Cari - posted on 01/12/2010

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That is how I am! I can't take a nap anywhere near him, or he will keep me up.

Andrea - posted on 01/11/2010

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My preemie son made so much noise when he first came home, I moved him to his own room within a month so I wasn't awake all night!

Holli - posted on 01/11/2010

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I never knew how "normal" this was when my twins were born, kept me up a lot listening to them, wondering if they were okay. Then I found some responses on babycenter.com and was sooo reassured. I think they outgrew it around 4ish months or so.

Megan - posted on 01/10/2010

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Our son does the same thing, he makes tons of moaning and groaning at night one of the reason he only lasted in our room for a week. Our son also makes tons of noises while he eats, i remember being in NICU and feeding him and the nurses all turned and went is that him. He is the loudest messiest eater ever. Anytime i am feeding him in public people are looking because he is so noisy but it is normal. Like they have said it is a preemie thing to do perfectly normal.

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our preemie did the same thing. all preemies do it apparently. they grow out of it. once I got used to it it was reassuring for me, I knew she was breathing. when she grew out of it I used to have to check her to make sure she was breathing.

Lyn - posted on 01/09/2010

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Mine did the same and outgrew it around the 5-6mth. Its pretty common for preemies, but its scary until you know!

Caroline - posted on 01/09/2010

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It is very normal for Prems to make lots of noise at night. If you stand and listen in the NICU or SCBU at night when all the babies start is is very funny and they all have different noises. My prem (31 weeker girl ) snores, snuffles, whinges, blows rasberries and groans- I like it because I know she is breathing. However if you are worried about breathing problems and you notice it during the day ring the NICU and ask them if they think it is alright.

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