My baby's arms and legs flail and is agitated lying down-- sleeping is an issue: help!

Kcbaker - posted on 01/11/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi moms
My 2.5 month old beautiful son is having issues sleeping. We had a system dialed in to help him and but now it's not working,

His arms and legs flail a lot and it wakes him up. I have been swaddling him and it sometimes works but recently he has been busting out after 2-4 hours of sleep.

He also gets very agitated and gets congested if he lies flat on his back, so even tho I felt lots of hesitation about it, we moved him from the family bed to the rock n play. He did well in this for a couple weeks at night but now seems increasingly uncomfortable and is breaking out of the swaddle. We tried elevating one side of the co-sleeper but he won't sleep in it. His legs kick in the swaddle and he wakes himself up (which he couldn't do in the rock n play).

We don't know what to do and are really concerned as we know his sleep is so crucial, and we are also very tired.

Any thoughts/ideas/insight?

Thanks ladies!

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Desiree - posted on 01/11/2014

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My girl did the same thing. I swaddled her arms and she felt very comforted. It was funny when she would wake up I would hear swishes in her bassinet back and forth getting out of the swaddle. Do you think your little one is just a frequent waker upper? My girl was I would get her a bottle, swaddle her and put her back down once she fell back to sleep. Have you tried a humidifier? It works wonders for my girls congestion from allergies.

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Chet - posted on 01/11/2014

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I can sort of echo Jacquie Brown's experience. We let all of our four children sleep on their tummies because they slept so, so, SO much better that way. I'm very hesitant to recommend it to other people though. I can tell you however, that a lot of parents are letting their baby sleep on their stomach and lying to their doctor or public health nurse about it.

There is no single cause for SIDS. It's not well understand at all. A fan to move CO2 isn't likely to offer much protection.

SIDS is more common in boys than girls. It happens mostly between 2 and 4 months, and is somewhat unusual after six months. Secondhand smoke, maternal smoking (even if the baby isn't around the mom when she smokes) and lack of breastfeeding increase risk. Small brain differences have been noted in SIDS babies, and SIDS is also more common among African American infants.

If you're going to let your baby tummy sleep you need to have a sound constitution. Even if you have one of those monitors that is supposed to sound if your baby stops breathing understand that it's not a medical device, they can give lots of false alarms, and you have to know what to do if your baby stops breathing for it to make a difference.

Tammy - posted on 01/11/2014

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Never give up its trying everything and then doing it again. My son had horiffic sleep at night (never) try the swaddle again radio and fan work some time to. The only thing that work for me was talking too him while he slept softly talking and saying it was ok to sleep i was going too be there when he woke and, that I loved him he . Know it sounds funny but it WORKED!

Jacquie - posted on 01/11/2014

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My son had this exact same problem when he was an infant. The only place he would sleep was on someone's chest. We were getting no sleep. He was agitated on his back would cry and fuss I tried swaddling him putting bumper pads under his side or at his feet, white noise, nothing worked. Then one night my mother came over and saw how exhausted we were. She said go to bed I will try. So my husband and I went to bed and a few hours later I woke up to see my mom asleep on the couch without my son. I went into his room and he was on his tummy sleeping like a log with a fan on the other side of the room on low. She came in and said "that works!". I said we never tried that cause it was ground into us it was bad and could cause SIDS. She said "I know I looked it up And the thought was tummy sleeping children can get a buildup of C0 around them and that can lead to the SIDS. That's what the fan is for to circulate the air.". I thought hummm is it really that simple. We installed an overhead fan and got the baby monitor with the pad that monitors heart rate, and never went back. He slept for 4-6 hours woke up for a bottle and then would sleep for another 4-6. I could not complain with that. Just as a little end note though. My son is 6 now and just got diagnosed with ADHD. I always wondered if that was the case.

Chet - posted on 01/11/2014

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Have you tried swaddling with a larger blanket?

Have you looked at baby hammocks?

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