Startle reflex

Heather - posted on 10/22/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 4 month old still has startle reflex. I recently began crib training , and I am able to get her to go to sleep without a lot of crying in her crib. The thing is she startles awake...I know the reflex is normal and goes at different times for babies but I am not sure how to help her. She can roll over both ways and can even move around a bit. I am afraid to swaddle her because of all her movements. I make sure she's fed, has clean diaper, give a good burping, gas drops, heart best from noise machine, had dishwasher and dryer going at times, pacifier, and I make sure temp is comfortable. She will be in a good sleep and startle awake grabbing at the mattress like she's falling. This is her first week in the crib...each nap and bed time has been the same. Any advice?

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Sarah - posted on 11/01/2016

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If she can roll both directions, then the AAP says it's ok to lay her on her belly. Then her arms won't flail about and she may sleep better.

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