Rotating baby

(11 Posts)
rallytog1 Thu 18-Jul-13 08:50:06

DD is 12 weeks old and a proper wriggler. Until this week she's been a brilliant sleeper, but this week I've been up with her about four times each night because she's wriggling in her sleep, turning herself round 90 degrees and getting stuck in her cot, then screaming blue murder. She is taller than the cot is wide, so she's well and truly stuck and needs to be rescued. She sleeps in a grobag and doesn't have any extra blankets etc. The temperature in her room is comfortable.

She used to sleep in a travel cot, which is quite a bit bigger - she'd rotate in that too but obviously with quite a bit more space she didn't get stuck. However we were worried about her sleeping in a travel cot long term as it can't be very comfy.

I just wondered if anyone else had had this problem and if so, whether this is something she'll grow out of or whether there's anything we can try to stop her getting stuck? DH is wondering about somehow attaching the back of her grobag to the sheet so she can still wriggle her legs but can't rotate - although I'm worried about the safety implications of a home made solution!

MiaowTheCat Thu 18-Jul-13 12:16:30

Mine's currently determined she can only sleep screwed up at the bottom of her cot or moses basket with her legs scrunched up like a Russian dancer doing the dance to the Tetris music. I'm regarding it as an opportunity to eek another couple of months out of the moses basket!

DD1 went through the right angle wedged across the cot sleeping thing - it lasted a couple of weeks as a phase and she woke up with some corking marks on her face from the cot bars but she honestly didn't seem bothered by it at all - we repositioned her if we caught her asleep in an amusing position - but if she turned after we went to bed then we didn't always know she'd gone for a midnight spin. She was a bit older since it was when she was in a cot bed sized cot that she started doing it (and she was later getting on the move anyway)

You can get better mattresses for the travel cot if needs be.

GingerJulep Thu 18-Jul-13 13:53:28

Would she be able to free herself a bit better with just a (cotton cellular) blanket or something rather than the bag?

Seems like the issue is her getting stuck so your DH's suggestion of sticking her in her starting place might well end up with a fair bit of screaming too!

MJP1 Thu 18-Jul-13 19:42:34

Same here my 22 week old does this too, I am amazed how she does it so quietly at night, especially since she is so reluctant to try to roll or try to turn over on her playmat,rug or our bed. It seems that her cot is the perfect exercise place.

FluffDragon Thu 18-Jul-13 19:45:38

My 16 weeker does it too! No solutions I'm afraid though. Hopefully they will grow out of it.

delasi Thu 18-Jul-13 23:31:09

DS does this, has done for ages (now 7mo). The only real issue is her comfort and being able to sleep - DS rarely wakes himself up despite turning, rolling, exploring the entire cot. I put this down at least in part to the fact that he sleeps in a travel cot (mesh sides so no limb trapping eg) so it's funny you mentioned that. Fwiw he's slept in there since birth and seems very comfy. We bought an extra mattress from Amazon, was about £25 and 3" deep and fits most standard travel cots. This is also pretty common practice in the Americas.

delasi Thu 18-Jul-13 23:32:16

(Common to have a travel cot as the main sleeping area, I mean)

xmarksaspot Thu 18-Jul-13 23:34:49

tuck the bottom of the gro bag onto the end of the cot mattress ???

mawbroon Thu 18-Jul-13 23:42:28

Sorry, nothing helpful to say, but this made me smile.

DS1 was the most dreadful wriggler. He is 7yo now, and last night me and x2 DSs all slept together because DH was away. They both still enjoy sharing with me when he's gone.

Anyhow, DS1 is still a massive wriggler and somehow, at one point, he actually kicked me in the face during the night. I am not quite sure how on earth his foot got up there!! I feel sorry for his future bed partner!!

rallytog1 Fri 19-Jul-13 21:22:26

Thanks everyone. I will investigate a proper travel cot mattress I think - bloody typical that after you spend a fortune on a lovely cot, they're happier in the £30 travel cot!

silverangel Sat 20-Jul-13 08:38:01

We used the air wrap cot bumpers, you can get them on Amazon and they were great for stopping DTs getting stuck. They're a breathable mesh so safe.

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