Tossing and Turning in his Sleep

Ellen - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Our son Eddie was a solid belly sleeper, he loves him some sleep. He has been rolling over in his crib when he wakes in the morning and "talking" to his mobile animals until he is ready to get up and eat. Lately he has been tossing and turning in his sleep, sometimes changing position so many times that he gets his hand/feet stuck outside the crib. I have to get up several times a night just to make sure that he is okay and not doing himself some injury in his sleep. Does anyone else have a tossser , turner and rock and roller at night? He doesn't even wake himself up, he sleeps right thru it.

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Sophia - posted on 01/31/2009

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i sleep with my lil boy.. i cant get that much of sleep. he would be sleeping n moving lots. he has been doing that for almost 2 months now.

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My daughter does the same type of thing. She lifts her legs up and slams them down really hard. She does this over and over, sometimes to put herself to sleep, sometimes in her sleep. We can hear the banging downstairs threw the ceiling. I think it is unused energy they need to get out in the middle of the night. Give it a week or so she also did this temporarily when she was learning how to roll over. I read they can do this when they are going through a developmental change, physically or cognitive-wise. Don't worry too much about it. Hard to do, I have never worried so much about such little things.

Ellen - posted on 01/30/2009

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It's been going on about 2 weeks now. He has been creeping in his sleep for a few months now and wakes in a different spot than where I put him but never the kind of tossing and turning that he is doing now. He will fall asleep as I put him down (I still rock him to sleep before I put him down) but roll on his side in his sleep as soon or very soon after I put him in his crib. He'll stay like that for about 45 minutes to an hour then the tossing and turning starts. He will roll onto his back and grab the binkie out of his mouth and cry in his sleep until I come and put a fresh cold one in, once it's in he will either roll over onto his side or stomach and the cycle will start again in a new spot in the crib. He turns himself around and will swap head and feet positions, he will turn side ways and move from head to foot of the crib laterally. There is not one inch in his crib that he doesn't cover in a night. Sometimes he rolls over so forcibly I can hear him smack a body part from the family room. He rarely wakes himself up doing this so other than him getting stuck in his sleep I am willing to let sleeping dogs lie so to speak. We go for our well baby check up in about 3 weeks and if it's still an issue I will bring it up then. What did your pedi say about it?

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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Just an update for you all...we just found out that our son has been restless from dry skin/eczema!  It was not a severe case but enough to make him uncomfortable.  He has been much better since we started using the hydrocortisone and benedryl.  The only reason we found out is because we took him to the doctor because we thought he might have an ear infection (he was grabbing his ears/face).  I hope this is helpful!

User - posted on 01/30/2009

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My son is just getting out of this phase, at lease I hope it was a phase.  He was very restless and would throw his body around his crib in his sleep for almost 3 weeks.  I took the bumper out for a while but put it back in because he was hitting his head.  The doctor told me not to wake him but I was up watching anyway.  How long has this been going on for you?

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Ellen - posted on 02/02/2009

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Thank you all for sharing with me. I feel much better knowing that I am not alone and that other babies his age are doing similar things. Phew.... He is still tossing and turning but less violently, he is trying his little hardest to cut his tooth that I think that is taking all his energy. I also think he is going thru another growth spurt because he has started taking one epic nap and several small ones during the day. I'm going to enjoy the extra down time and I cant wait to see what he learns when he's done with this spurt.

Claudia - posted on 02/01/2009

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My son thrashes around alot as well, but has for months now. I put him down on his side and he sleeps like that for half hour to 1 hr, but then his arm will thump this way and that way, and he arches his head back, and puts his legs in the air and then thumps them down. He normally ends up with his head against the side wall off the pillow, 45 degrees to his starting position. He'd probably go all the way round if the cot was bigger..lol. I've also been worried about his arm hitting the side of the cot, but he seems to be fine up to now. I've just always put it down to wind bothering him...Sometimes when his tossing and turning is very bad I pick him up and sway him and pat his back, before putting him down again - it seemed to help a bit.

Jen - posted on 01/31/2009

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My son just finished this phase (I hope). He would wake up in the mornings completely turned around - head where his feet were and vice versa. He would get his arms and legs stuck between the bars sometimes, so I put the bumpers up. I'm much more worried about him breaking an arm or leg than about him suffocating. My doctor said that there is really no evidence to show that bumpers are a problem, and I've never seen my son get his face anywhere near them.

Sammie - posted on 01/31/2009

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My son arches his back and tilts his head back so far that I feel he may break his back!! He likes to toss and turn...arch himself until his face is smothered in the bumper...or blanket or whatever he can shove his face into. I sleep with one eye open all flippin' night!

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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He actually would hit his head against the side of the crib, which is why I put the bumper back in.  The pedi told me it was fine to leave him or let him hit his head but I was not comfortable with that.  It started when he was mastering rolling over so I agree that it was due to the developmental change. We have had 2 good nights now where he has stayed in one corner of the crib and did not scream in his sleep.  Have you tried letting him cry himself to sleep?  It is hard to do but after a few nights my son will go to sleep on his own without crying. 

Rachael - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi There!



My Son tends to " stamp his heels" when he is laying down in his cot. Of course, he does this so often, he wakes himself up. Last night, he was up as usual @1am, then after a bottle, he went back down for only a hour, and then woke up stamping his feet again. Then he started screeching as he was wide awake, so i had to bring him downstairs! He still does not sleep all night either!

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