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LadyRenoir Fri 09-Feb-18 19:43:08

So we have out little boy (6 weeks old) sleep in chicco next to me next to our bed (no co-sleeping though). Every night, he makes a lot of noises while sleeping, spends a LOT of energy kicking off the blankets. The bedroom is not super hot (19 degrees) and he manages to get from under the blanket 95% of the time, and I am worried he is gonna get cold. Every time I wake up I find him in strange positions- almost across the cot or on the side of it, a few times he managed to somehow 'crawl' on his back to the top of the cot by pushing himself up with his feet.
He also hangs around in baby box in living room during the day, and never ever does the same thing. Sleeps with no problems for 2-3 hours straight, no travelling up and down the box, no kicking up blankets, etc.
Anyone else had something similar? Is it because the chicco is too big and he prefers smaller spaces? We are considering bringing the blooming box to our bedroom and sticking it inside the next to me crib for the night and then bring it down for the day to the living room.

BangPippleGo Fri 09-Feb-18 19:51:08

Have you tried a sleeping bag for him?

Countingsheeeep Fri 09-Feb-18 19:53:02

I would second a sleeping bag, or even a swaddle, as this might help to keep him more relaxed.

Although pricey, a sleepyhead was a great investment for us, made baby feel much more snug and secure.

StylishDuck Fri 09-Feb-18 19:55:09

My 4 week old DS is exactly like this. With slightly less moving around. He sleeps in a Moses basket beside our bed and grunts constantly through the night and kicks his blankets off. During the day he sleeps soundly in his pram, bouncy chair or bean bag with hardly any movement. I'm going to try him in a sleeping bag soon. I wasn't keen to do that too young but he's a big boy (8lb 15oz at birth, over 12lb now) so I think he'll be ok in a 0-3 month one. I can sympathise, the noise is so bad at night!

LadyRenoir Fri 09-Feb-18 20:19:50

Unfortunately swaddling did not work for us- he was quite distressed and wanted his hands next to his face, and kept on making even fuss... I would happily invest in the sleepyhead, but our midwife was adamant not to put anything in the cot except for a blanket... will look into it though!

Lemondrop99 Fri 09-Feb-18 21:00:37

Love to Dream arms up swaddle! They're brilliant. And you can get winter 2.5 tog ones.

LadyRenoir Sat 10-Feb-18 12:00:51

@Lemondrop99- that's the one we have, but he really seems to dislike it! He keeps on trying to put the 'arm' bit next to his mouth and gets very frustrated he cant touch his face with his hand, so maybe I will try again in future.

MegRam Mon 12-Feb-18 01:39:56

We have exactly this problem and I was just about to post about it.

DD also 6 weeks) sleeps soundly in Moses basket during the day or one of us at night after a feed. As soon as we put her down in her crib (Next To Me) she's grunting and flailing her arms and legs, kicking and banging her legs against the bottom and WILL. NOT. SETTLE. As soon as we pick her her up and cuddle, she's fine again.

We've put the Moses basket in the crib a couple of times, but the same thing happens so it's either the location or the time of night rather than the bed, if that makes sense.

It's driving me bananas! I don't think she's distressed as she's not crying but oh my word the noise!

thingymaboob Mon 12-Feb-18 07:20:29

My LO is 4 weeks old and does the same. The grunting noise is very weird and I find it very distracting and cannot sleep through it. Again, not distressed or crying just a lot of kicking around and noise making. It's like the noise E.T. makes!

MegRam Mon 12-Feb-18 07:43:30

Yes @thingymaboob! We regularly say our DD is like ET.

Or a goat/dolphin/velociraptor...

user1493413286 Tue 13-Feb-18 09:59:36

My DD used to do this, she pushed herself up to the top of the Moses basket then wake up cold or kick the covers off.
We put her in a baby sleeping bag and it solved all those problems.

LadyRenoir Tue 13-Feb-18 19:33:40

@MegRam haha, I am constantly thinking of Jurassic Park when I hear him at night.
@thingymaboob - I keep on waking up and looking if he is up, but most of the time he is fast asleep. My partner sleeps like a stone, but the noises wake me up all the time, also as I can see him kicking off the blankets and worrying he will get cold...

I was looking into the sleepyheads, but apparently they are not recommended as unsafe and some retailers have stopped selling them... :/ We are even thinking of getting a small moses basket, knowing he will outgrow it in weeks, just so that he can be a bit more peaceful at night!

StylishDuck Tue 13-Feb-18 22:31:11

In my desperation at 1.30am this morning when DS had been feeding constantly since 7pm and just refusing to settle I ordered a Ewan the dream sheep from Amazon. It's currently hanging off the outside of the Moses basket with the womb sounds going. So far tonight he cluster fed from about 8-10 and fell asleep so hoping for a more peaceful night tonight. He seems pretty sound. The womb sounds are making me sleepy too confused

thingymaboob Wed 14-Feb-18 12:48:36

@StylishDuck I use a white noise app which goes all night. It makes me very drowsy!

LadyRenoir Wed 14-Feb-18 13:11:30

White noise makes me sleepy, not much effect on baby...

StylishDuck Wed 14-Feb-18 13:25:30

Limited success with Ewan. DS did stay asleep until about 1.30 then woke for a feed but he just would not settle afterwards. It was nearly 4 by the time he eventually gave in then he woke again at 6.30. He has of course been asleep most of the day so far. He'll be shattered hmm Definitely going to try a sleeping bag tonight. I'm coming to the conclusion that he maybe doesn't like his Moses basket so I've propped the end up a bit in case it's just lying flat he doesn't like.

beckieperk Wed 14-Feb-18 13:49:01

Same here.... Ds 8 weeks and very noisy. Its so frustrating!! Might try sleeping bag too.....white noise works sometimes. Dh sleeps through it so i lay awake thinking of ways to make him pay for it the next day!! Ha. Ds had his jabs yesterday too....so i was frantic all night. Ds was same as always. Good luck all.

StylishDuck Sun 18-Feb-18 13:48:41

Don't know if anyone is still watching this but I just wanted to say we tried a sleeping bag for DS and for the last 4 nights he's slept much better. In fact, last night he slept from 12-6! It might just be a coincidence and that he's in the growing stage of a growth spurt but I think he definitely feels more secure because he's thrashing about a lot less.

beckieperk Mon 19-Feb-18 03:23:02

Still not tried a sleeping bag. Might have to now. Let me know if it was a coincidence stylish.

StylishDuck Mon 19-Feb-18 10:01:00

It seems to be sticking. Just had our 2nd night with a 6 hour stretch in a row. So since we introduced the sleeping bag on Wed night we've had major improvement grin

Smellybears Wed 21-Feb-18 20:54:15

My little one is 5 weeks old and really doesn’t like settling in his Moses basket. Ive tried white noise, rocking him, stroking his face and nose, he HATES being swaddled too. He will gladly fall asleep on me but when moved he wakes up and won’t settle again. I have to keep him upright after feeds as he has reflux so I can’t even feed to sleep. He’s got a reflux wedge in his basket.
I’ve bought a sleeping bag and am wondering do I tuck the excess material under him/mattress? I’ve read that you aren’t meant to use a sleeping bag so young but I don’t know what else to do. During the day he loves to nap in his zcush but I don’t want to put him in that at night as he can easily slip down.
Thanks in advance for your help!

Smellybears Wed 21-Feb-18 21:00:43

Crap! Just realised the sleepy bag is 6-12 months confused

Smellybears Wed 21-Feb-18 22:00:26

Just ordered a 0-6 month ready to collect tomorrow smile
It’s going to be a very unsettled night tonight!

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