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Rocking on hands and knees to sleep? Butterfly8110 Due August 18 (boy); 18 kids; Indiana 15 posts
19th Jun '13

I have an 18 month old and I just discovered that he rocks on his hands and knees for HOURS to fall asleep. I installed a video monitor last week so.I can keep an eye on him in his brand new big boy room and have found out he does this every night. I asked my three year old if he ever saw it because they shared a room and he rolled his eyes and.said all the time. Does any one elses kid.do.this? Anyone know why he does it? I want to talk to his doc, but he isnt in for the next week. Any input?

user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
19th Jun '13

Seems normal to me, like rocking in a chair. A way of relaxing himself.

Butterfly8110 Due August 18 (boy); 18 kids; Indiana 15 posts
19th Jun '13

Should I leave it alone? Will it go away on its own? I'm not used to this odd behavior.

user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
19th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Butterfly8110:</b>" Should I leave it alone? Will it go away on its own? I'm not used to this odd behavior."</blockquote>



Bring it up to his pediatrician if you want. I don't know first hand, but it seems like a silly thing that a toddler would do, not that it means something is wrong.

Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4742 posts
status 19th Jun '13

Are you sure he's rocking himself TO sleep and not rocking IN his sleep? If he was truly awake for hours, you would think he would make some noise, you know?
It's actually pretty common. I've noticed it especially in kids who sleep on their stomachs with their butts in the air.

Butterfly8110 Due August 18 (boy); 18 kids; Indiana 15 posts
19th Jun '13

Thanks a billion. I'm just always worried about them. You know?

IOnlyMakeBoys (B.B.M) 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Texas 4754 posts
19th Jun '13

Could just be a focus thing. If I don't have either music or a tv on my mind will race and I will stay up for hours because of it. I have found if I have something to focus on it will calm my mind down and allow me to sleep.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
19th Jun '13

My daughter does it. It's just a relaxation type of thing

Coffee Milk 2 kids; Alaska 2089 posts
19th Jun '13

Seems lke you have a 'self soothing' baby! Congrats mama ;)

Butterfly8110 Due August 18 (boy); 18 kids; Indiana 15 posts
20th Jun '13

See? That is why I always thought he fell asleep right after he stopped whining. Because he never made any sound. But on the monitor, you can clearly see his eyes are open. And I know he isnt asleep doing it because he will alternate flipping his pillow, playing with his sippy, rocking and sitting. He is awake during it. I did a little research on it and it says done babies do it in their sleep, but nothing about doing it to go to sleep. Did I rock him too much as a baby? Could that be why?