Baby Moves A Lot In Sleep: 6 Surprising Things You Should Know

I think you'll agree with me when I say:

The first time you have a baby is probably the most exciting and the scariest time of your adult life. When our baby moves a lot in sleep, we’re worried that she’s uncomfortable or that something wrong is happening.

Well, that is not always the case but as other people say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

So we’ve listed some helpful bits of information to save the day. These may be the reasons for your baby’s movements in sleep; thus it’s nice to get to know them and apply them to our parenthood.


1. No Honey For Baby


Honey has spores of bacterium called Clostridium botulinum which can grow in your baby’s immature digestive system and result to infant botulism.

The disease is rare, but fatal. If your baby is experiencing constipation and muscle weakness, trouble sucking, slack jaw, or crying and lethargy, take them to the pediatrician immediately to check for infant botulism.

Some baby food may have honey and still be good for your baby.


If you want to just play it safe, it would be best to avoid giving your baby honey and anything with honey until they are at least a year old.

2. A Little Saline Can Save The Day

Your perfectly healthy, happy, and bouncy baby has a stuffed or runny nose.  Your poor baby moves a lot in sleep and has trouble drinking milk. The pediatricians say the common cold has a life span of about nine to ten days.

You just need to observe your baby for two weeks, and bring them back if they have chills, flushed skin, vomiting, diarrhea.

What do you do?

Get your baby some saline nasal drops or spray. The saline solution contracts the blood vessels in the nose, dilutes mucus, and reduces the swelling the sinus area.  

It can be very tricky to give nasal drops to a baby because, like adults, who wants to have anything up in their nose?

It takes a lot of patience and a strong heart because your baby WILL BAWL, not just cry.  


If you want your baby to breathe easier, this is the best thing you can do for them sans cold medicine.

3. A Few Minutes On The Left , A Few Minutes On Th​e Right 

SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome scares ALL mommies, newbies or not. One of the ways mommies prevent SIDS from happening is to put babies to sleep on their backs.

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While this sleeping position has decreased the occurrence of SIDS, it has also increased the instances of plagiocephaly or flattening of a baby’s head.

Extreme plagiocephaly can affect the child’s brain growth, vision, hearing, or development.

What can you do about it?

Help your baby have a round head by laying them down in different positions when they sleep.  Lay them on their left side for a few minutes, and then turn them onto their right.

Put pillows on each side of your baby to prevent them from turning onto their belly. When your baby moves a lot in sleep on their own, turning will be second nature to them.

Check out our review to find the best baby pillows.

4. Sleepy Baby 

Do you find yourself in your baby’s room every few minutes, watching closely to see if your baby’s chest is rising and falling?

Not to worry.

You’re not going crazy.

All newbie mommies go through that anxiety. (FYI, you’ll be as anxious when your baby moves a lot in sleep, too.)

During the first few weeks, your newborn would sleep a lot – almost 16 to 17 hours a day, and be so very still, but only because they will be sleeping so deeply.

This is absolutely NORMAL!

As long as your baby wakes up to drink milk and wets at least eight diapers daily, let them sleep as much as they like. (Use this time to take a few zzzz’s yourself.)

5. Super Baby 

You are confident that your baby is snoozing peacefully in the bedroom when you suddenly hear a loud thud.

Before you even hear them crying, your gut tells you that your baby had fallen off the bed.

Surprisingly, your baby only has a beginning of a bump to show for his or her adventure.

As your baby advanc​​​​es in months, not only are they more active when awake, but your baby moves a lot in sleep as well.

They may be hungry, which would explain the crying that follows and ends when you breastfeed them or make them a bottle.

 They may also have gas, which means they didn’t burp enough before sleeping.


It might also be that your baby moves a lot in sleep because they just do.

6. Skills Development

According to researchers, babies tend to move a lot during REM because the brain is teaching them about sensorimotor development.

In other words:

During this phase in sleep, the brain sends signals to sensorimotor circuits, which then activates the movements.

For example:

The brain tells the limbs that this is how you grab toys, so the fingers start to move one by one or all together.


Remember that what works for other babies might not work for your baby. It is common for a baby to move a lot in sleep, but always check with your baby’s doctor (or your mom *wink*) if you are not sure about what to do.

Sarah Morgan

Chief editor of and striving mom-extraordinaire.Let me share and inspire you with my daily struggles to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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