Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lilly | 2011-08-29


baby cant sleep, waving arms keep him awake

My 4 month old baby naps like a dream during the day, will sleep anywhere and will go off without too many problems, but at night he''s a nightmare.

He has a bedtime routine which includes bath, stories, milk, cuddles etc. We put him down and he''s so tired, rubbing his eyes and yawning all the time, but he really fights sleep, I mean physically fights it, And has to hold his arms down to get him to go off most of the time, during the day it''s not a problem, we think it''s pretty odd.

I have to sleep with him almost every night to hold his arm to sleep.
Please help, im really tired.

Expert's Reply



We really need our regular forum members with experience with this sort of sleep problem to advise you. The main thing is that your baby sleeps perfectly well during the day so he does not have a problem such as reflux which is keeping him awake at night.He does not appear to be tired by the time that you want him to sleep at night.At 4 months you should be able to help your baby to develop a regular sleep pattern. There is a lot of advice available,but the main thing is to be consistent with what you decide to do.If you feed him to sleep you will have to continue to do this. If you decide to rock your baby to sleep you will have to continue to do this as well. Stick with your plan. It may take up to two weeks to work but it will do so in the end.

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Posted by: Lilly | 2011-08-30

Thank you too you all. So this mean there is no problem with his arms? And yes he have reflux.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011-08-29

Hi Lilly

Sorry for butting in here, but that sounds absolutely normal. Lots of babies do that and then they get a fright at these ''objects'' waving at them. What you can do to prevent it and to calm you baby is to wrap you baby so that his arms can''t flail about. Its also called swaddling - and it recreates the cosy feeling your baby had in the womb. Just Google ''how to swaddle a baby''.

You can actually buy swaddling blankets from all babystores. Just one important thing - baby needs to sleep on his back when he is swaddled.

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Posted by: Boni | 2011-08-29

Hi Lilly, LOL!!! i can so identify with you. My son is 6 months, and during the day when im at work he sleeps so well alone in his cot, the nanny has no trouble at all. At night you can see that he is drowsy but will fight the sleep, he would want me to continue chatting and singing even when his eyes are literally closing themselves, rubbying them hysterically as if he is trying to chase the sleep away. he sleeps with us, and the only thing i end up doing is to breastfeed him while lying down. yes its a struggle and im forever tired at work.

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