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Hello Everyone, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug">s<br>
My DS is 5 months old. About a week or 2 ago I noticed he was humming/moaning before he fell asleep. Ocasionally lately he's been full after nursing but not totally alseep and when I lay him down, or if it's in the day and I put him in his swing, he starts to make this humming moaning sound. He does this for a few mins and then he falls asleep. Also, if I am holding him and patting his back or bouncing him on my knee and he starts to fall asleep he does this too. I would say it's about 80-90% of the time that he does this at least a little. If I am breastfeeding him and he falls asleep of course he's not moaning, he's eating! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
He is also moving his arm alot while breastfeeding, sort of flapping it up and down, I think this may be developmental, because he does love to slap the table, and flaps his arms in excitment during the day as well. The reason I mention the arm movement is, I read somewhere that it could be rythmic-movement disorder if a baby moans and or moves like that before falling asleep. (this is the term used for headbanging and body rocking.)<br><br>
He has been sleeping better the last few nights, (we co-sleep) I notice some tossing and turning at night with his partial awakings, but I do not have to nurse him at each one anymore.....it's probably 2-3 times a night at this time. He also sleeps a good 2 hours after his morning nursing, sometimes staying in bed til 10am!!!<br><br>
I am wondering if any other Mommas noticed their babies doing this moaning, should I be concernd? I worry because it sounds sad...and because of the rythmic-movement disorder connection.
 

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i am responding to you cuz i noticed no one else has yet...i had a friend a few years ago whos son moaned himself to sleep. unfortunatly i have no info for you about it except that he seemed like a normal baby. they moved away when he was about 20 mos old. he was very bright and active...so maybe it might indicate a more active child? (but then again maybe not! ) he is going on 3 now, and i haven heard any talk of any developmental disability or anyhting like that.... but of course if you are really worried talk to your pediatrician.<br><br>
hope this helps a little, and i hope you get more info or advice!<br><br>
anyway the arm flappin thing could be totally normal too. it is so hard to tell when they are that young, kids explore thier bodies and environment in so many differnt ways. my ds went through a head banging phase(at about 12 mos) ...but alot of "normal" kids do....
 

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No worries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My Ds does this as well-I think its kinda cute.It reminds me of chanting he is 13 mo now and still does it.<br>
Hope that puts your mind at ease.<br>
Meg
 
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