There are many factors that can affect a baby's quality of sleep. ⠀

The 2 most common ones that Mamas find affect their babies the most are:⠀

  • 1 Strong startle reflex
  • 2 Hand sucking

Some babies have a very strong startle reflex. It's so strong that it will actually wake them up or keep them falling asleep. If your baby is under 3 months and is not rolling over yet, I suggest swaddling them. This will help keep them from startling themselves awake. If you're baby is older than 3 months and/or is rolling over, I suggest getting a Merlin suit. It is weighted and will keep their hands from startling themselves away. Startle reflexes tend to settle between 3-6 months. ⠀

Hand sucking can also affect your baby's sleep. Babies experience their world through their mouths. They put everything into their mouths and their hands are no exception. Hand sucking can be a sign that your baby is hungry, however a lot of babies suck on their hands to put themselves to sleep. This becomes an issue when their sucking is so loud that it wakes them up. You can either give them a soother or you can use a sock to put on their hands to keep them from sucking. You can also swaddle them if they are under 3 months and/or not rolling over.

Mamas, if your baby is having issues with sleep because of a strong startle reflex or is a hand sucker, try these tips. They will help 💙⠀

*Remember it is only safe to swaddle a baby if they aren't rolling over or under 3 months of age.*

Good luck, Mamas!

- Agnes (MamaBear)

About Agnes Mayer

Hi, I'm Agnes Mayer, owner of MamaBear Holistic Care. I am a Mama, wife, and RN with over 13 years of experience working in labour and delivery. I use my experience to support Mamas in whatever part of motherhood they find themselves in, whether they are newly pregnant or they have a toddler in need of sleep support. My goal is to guide you through motherhood and make it as easy of a transition as possible.

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