My 10 week old DD has started to frantically chew on her fists in the last few days. She isso enthusiastic it makes her gag sometimes.
To go to sleep she is swaddled and then goes inside a sleeping bag and sleeps 9-11 hours in a row at night. Now today I have had to abandon swaddling her as she is going CRAZY for her fists. She is currently napping with her arms out after sucking in her fist to go to sleep.
I'm worried she won't sleep as well unswaddled at night as her startle reflex might wake her.
Did you have a fist sucker? Is it a phase ? And how did your bub sleep unswaddled? I'm thinking I'll need to invest in some Love to Dream swaddle.
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16-07-2013 16:34 #1
Frantic fist chewing!
16-07-2013 16:42 #2
I don't have a fist chewer but interested as mine is obsessed with having hands free all the time - even manages to poke them out the head hole of the sleeping bags and zip up swaddles.
It is quite funny to watch!
16-07-2013 16:48 #3
Hehe they are such determined little things! This is a new development for us so in a bit nervous about it screwing up our awesome nights.
The startle reflex apparently doesn't go till 5 months so If she was older of just try transition her too non swaddling but she's only 10 weeks.
I just peaked in and she got her arms posed like a wizards duel
16-07-2013 16:49 #4
My DS was exactly like this at that age! He has gradually stopped being as frantic within a couple of weeks but still loves to suck his fists/hands/fingers now and he is 21 weeks From about 10-12weeks we stopped swaddling for the same reason and started to use an Ergo Cocoon (the larger one with a zip up the front)....he self settles in this really well as he can still move his arms (therefore doesn't get upset) but doesn't wake himself with his hands in his face or from his startle reflex. We also put a Gro Bag (sleeping bag) over the top of the Cocoon for warmth.
We were going to try a Love to Dream swaddle but loved the Cocoon so didnt bother. Ive heard great things about them though. The only downside people have said about them to me is that bubs suck on the hand bits a lot, making them quite wet.
16-07-2013 16:50 #5
She's definitely not hungry had just stuffed her face on the boob.
She has lots of early teething signs do I think her teeth are moving around in her gums
16-07-2013 16:54 #6
See we use the ergo cocoon now but it's not giving her enough movement to suck so I think she might like the love to dream better. We also put the sleeping bag over the ergo cocoon but it's obviously too restrictive for her now ;/
16-07-2013 17:03 #7
DS is 8 weeks and he is getting more and more enthusiastic with his fist sucking!
16-07-2013 17:26 #8
Could be teething happening. My son cut his first tooth at 3 mths...but he started showing the signs at 2 mths.
16-07-2013 17:38 #9
My DS had been drooling badly and fist sucking for months with only one teeny tooth....I bought some 'sleepy wings' so he can sleep on his back and suck the hands, it's a great design.
16-07-2013 18:52 #10
Omg there's no way I'm leaving her unswaddled tonight just watched her do ninja arms over and over again for about half an hour while "asleep"
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