A Fitful Sleeper

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My little girl who is 2 months old seems to be a very fitful sleeper. She quite often moans and groans in her sleep and her arms flail & move about quite aggressively. During these times, she will remain asleep, but can be observed to rub her eyes and ears with her hands, but will settle back down after some time. She sleeps around 7-8 hours a night which I am thankful for, but I am worried she is not achieving a deep sleep cycle. When she wakes in the morning, she normally falls back asleep during her first feed and can sleep anywhere up to another 1-2 hours. Can anyone tell me if this is normal?

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Hanna - posted on 06/10/2009

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My son used to do that for the longest -- doctors thought it was a form of acid reflux (put together with him burping more than average). but in reality it sort of was but not really (the meds my pediatrician prescribed were used for about 3 weeks and then we stopped because he outgrew it and they didn't make much difference to begin with).

it has to do with digestive track development and the baby learning to "push" the food down. i think if you look closer, your daughter will start pulling up her legs too and try to poop. it may be a sign of constipation, but if she's going to the bathroom at least 1-2 times a day (poop) then there's no reason to worry and try to switch formula or anything like that -- she'll outgrow it pretty soon. in the meantime it's sounds quite scary, but it's just normal since her digestive track is developing and she's learning to control her muscles.

if indeed she is constipated (poops less than once every 1-2 days), then talk to your pediatrician. Max (my son) was a bit constipated at one point because he was both breast and formula fed (he was a huge baby who ate a lot and refused to nurse because it didn't flow fast enough for him so i pump and give) and he couldn't digest it as well. she told us to give him a bit of prune juice (she said she could prescribe some meds for it but they would work as well as a prune juice, so might as well not give chemicals) and i also ate oatmeal to increase milk supply with prunes to pass it on to him.

thankfully, this whole thing lasted maybe 3-4 weeks after which he outgrew it and i got my milk supply in order so stopped feeding him formula (we still have some in the house for emergency -- just in case i don't have enough milk, but he eats exclusively breast milk now). now he sleeps quietly although his dreams got more vivid so he now tends to laugh in his sleep.

good luck and if your daughter is 'regular' then don't worry about it -- just wait a few weeks and it'll go away. and hope that the 7-8 hour sleeping pattern stays so that you can continue to get some rest at night :)

Melissa - posted on 06/10/2009

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my baby was like this...even when awake he flails around and is very active...but i cannot wrap him he like to move and gets angry if he cant....good luck!

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Hi Christina, sorry I should have added that I do wrap my baby at night, but she likes her arms to be free, something we discovered very early on. We wrap her just underneath her armpits and her arms are normally stretched out above her head.

Christina - posted on 06/10/2009

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Yes it is very normal for your baby to sleep for a little bit, feed then pass out for a while. Have you tried wrapping up your baby at night? That will keep her from swinging her arms around. And she will probably get better sleep that way too. At this age she doesn't have a lot of control over her body so she will twitch a lot during sleep which can wake her up.

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