Swinging hands, turning head till awake

Hi all, my kids just turned 5 months and is unable to sleep well at night recently due to her swinging of arms, legs, flipping her head left & right frantically & whining while in her sleep. On a few occasions, she does that till she wakes up and cry. She seems to fall back asleep if I gently hold her hands down for a couple of mins. Anyone know what’s she trying to do?

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Super Mum

They do get nightmares too.. or go into light sleep (from deep sleep) and start to get scared. You holding her limbs for a while is comforting for her, so it’s good that she manages to go back to sleep without you picking her up:)

2y ago

I see. Thanks much! I shall continue to do so and hope she gets over her nightmares soon then..

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I think she is startled in her sleep. Can try to use swaddle and transit out of it gradually - with one arm out first then gradually both hands and lastly legs

2y ago

All the best! My lo can sleep longer with swaddle as it mimics the womb

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Maybe can pat her back to slp

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Bean bag or swaddle