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  1. Theresa McComber says

    Hello,my grandson sleeps with a little security blanket that has a small tag.He usually rolls up the blanket and places it near his ear so that the tag is touching his ear but sometimes he gets frustrated when it doesn’t place just right in position enough that he’s crying and re-trying over and over again.This is something new and my daughter is sad to watch him go through this.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Theresa – Thank you for writing about your grandson! Sorry to hear that he is struggling with getting to sleep with his blanket in just the right way! Poor guy! Perhaps you or your daughter can continue to encourage him, and even help him get situated, but you cannot control if that tag gets too soft to feel, or even falls apart or becomes detached. Maybe he and you, or he and your daughter can talk about going shopping for a couple of alternates to sleep with? Letting him choose an “alternate” or “backup” security item/blanket that he likes may help. I hope that things smooth out quickly! Good luck!

  2. Marine says

    My son (22 months) has been a thumb sucker from day 1, he found his thumb very quickly, we think he was sucking his thumb in my tummy. That’s pretty classic.
    But at around 2 months old, he started to also put his second finger inside his nostril ( in addition to the thumb in the mouth) and breathe out very heavily like he is blowing his nose.
    He only does it to go to sleep, for about 10 breaths.
    It doesn’t really phase me, but it is pretty disgusting when he has a cold…
    And if he is tired and wants to nap he would do that too… some people look at him weirdly if he is in the pram ect…
    GP said it is a great against ear infection as he always blows “everything” out. ?

    He has always been a great sleeper so I don’t want to force him to stop, I think we will grow out of it.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Marine,

      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I am sure you are not alone with this behavior – kids do the most interesting things 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story. I’m sure others will appreciate it!

  3. Melissa Field says

    My almost 6yr old son has been scratching me for a while now, in his sleep! He falls asleep in his bed but middle of the night he comes through to my bed and comes close for a cuddle. The cuddle soon turns to scratching…. he used to put his hand in my top as a form of comfort from when I stopped breast feeding him but then he started scratching and hurting me when he gets in there. I stopped him from doing it but now he scratches… ????? What could be the cause of it??? He gets loads of affection, cuddles and the works… from both dad and I but the scratching doesn’t seem to be stopping…

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Melissa Field, thanks for writing to us. I honestly don’t know either why your son would be scratching. It sounds like he may be doing it unconsciously, just like some people will talk, excessively toss and turn, grind their teeth, and other odd things in their sleep. I’d suggest bringing it up to his doctor to see if they have any suggestions for you. I’m sorry I can’t be more help!

  4. Clare says

    My daughter has been rocking and singing/ shouting in her sleep since she was 1 ( she is now 3 ) starts about 11 every night. And lasts for hours. She’s not actually awake and when I go in and soothe her she instantly stops. But can start again about an hour or 2 later.
    Some night she doesn’t do it at all. But the majority of the time she does.
    Since she has learned to talk she shouts out songs she’s learned in school and body rocks with her hand on either side of her head ( quite forcefully ).
    Any suggestions, as I’m at my wits now.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Clare, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry you’re concerned about your daughter’s sleep. Does she seem like she’s well rested come morning? This would certainly be a struggle if she needed to share a room with a younger sibling, but perhaps it is similar to a night terror and she cannot remember it in the morning. I’m sorry I don’t have an answer for you, if your pediatrician is concerned that would of course be something to take more seriously, and you could consider taking her to a sleep study so they could look and see how everything is functioning in her brain during these outbursts. If you need more help, please reach out to us directly at [email protected] and we will be happy to let you know about more options that we have available, but I would first make sure to mention it to her doctor and see if they have any suggestions or concerns and go from there.

  5. Antonina Morari says

    My 3 years old son has been doing weird movements with his hands and face before sleep. Before used to do only 2 times a day, before napping and night sleep time. However now he does more and more often like 4-5 a day. And if my older sone falls asleep in 10 min, for the younger one it takes him an hour to fall asleep.

    • Neosha says

      @Antonina – Thank you for sharing with us. Please keep reading!

  6. Jessica Thompson says

    Hello my 3 year old son will grab my hand and place my fingers under his ear and around the base of his skull then he will lay into my fingers causing me to apply pressure. I’m a massage therapist so I find it fascinating that he knows to do this. I say that because he has had many ear infections over the past several months. He is set to get tubes in his ears in a couple weeks. I just wonder if his problem with ear infections/ear pain and wanting me to apply pressure around his ears have anything to do with one or the other. He only wants me to do it before bedtime and he didn’t start this till about 2 months ago.

    • Neosha says

      @Jessica – Thank you for sharing! That is indeed intriguing and amazing that you noticed him doing such a thing! Many people do use forms of acupressure to treat pressure and pain around the ear – perhaps his specialist would know more as to if this could be something he’s doing to relieve pain or pressure in his ear. We’re rooting for you guys and hoping his procedure goes well with a speedy recovery!

  7. Donna says

    My son 3 yr old loves his nose being rubbed. Problem is it’s when he is tired but he tugs and pulls at your hand. I find that it over stimulates his brain and makes it more difficult for him to sleep. He is such a light sleeper that once he finds your hand that’s it! I’m trying to say no but it’s so hard.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Donna,
      Thanks for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble getting away at night 🙂 It sounds like your toddler has a sleep association with the nose-rubbing. We have an article on what sleep associations are here:
      With this age, we’ll often recommend talking with your child about it and making a plan together for weaning the association, or for substituting it for something else. For example, maybe he could choose a special stuffie to take to bed that he can rub his nose against, and you could stay in the room initially but eventually move away.

      I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have questions!

  8. Krista says

    My son constantly, all night long has to rub and pick at me. I’m unable to sleep and that causes sleep deprivation for me. I’m worried he isn’t reaching that deep sleep for very long. He naps perfectly but won’t sleep much at night.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Krista, I’m so sorry to hear your sleep is being disrupted by your son’s self-soothing. If you’d like any help with that, we’d love to help you create a plan, either to break your son of those habits, or to help transition him to a different space if that’s an option or something you’d like to try. For more information on all the services we offer you can look online here: or email us directly at [email protected] and we can help you further. Hang in there!

  9. Justyna says

    My 15 month old pulls her shirt collar as if it’s too tight and needs to stretch it out, no matter what she may be wearing. When I see it happening I know she’ll be asleep within 5 minutes. Is she the only one? That’s just so random.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Justyna, what a nice sleep cue for you! Ha! Thanks for visiting the Baby Sleep Site!

  10. Josh says

    My 2 year old, has an obvious obsession with male ears, more particularly mine and his grandfathers. He only rubs them when he is going to bed or in trouble. why i am concerned, he not only likes to rub them, but he loves to put his face as deep and close to my ears as possible, and if he cannot touch that ear, he will stay there and reach under my pillow and grab the other side.. I do not personally have a problem with it, I am just being proactive with potential problems or non at all. Thank you in advance!

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Josh, thanks for sharing your toddler’s way of self soothing. It is strange the things they come up with! I had a few concerns about my son (who is now 4) when he was 2, and any that were particularly concerning to me I brought up to his doctor, but he’s generally grown out of most of them by this point. Sorry to not be of a help, but if you’re really concerned it may be worth mentioning it but it’s likely he’ll grow out of it eventually.