Newborn Noisy Sleeper: Easy FAQ For Worry-Wart Parents

  • Learn the different baby sounds that a newborn typically makes 
  • Find out if these same noises can be heard from a sleeping baby 
  • Plus, know how to help a noisy sleeper stay quiet while in bed 
  • Bonus video - Baby Sleep: Tips for newborns

Do you have a newborn at home who makes a lot of noise while sleeping?

Does your newborn make a lot of noises while awake too, or only during sleep time?

Are you worried this is quite a lot of sound and want to know if this is normal?

If you are worrying about these issues concerning your newborn, you can actually read through the information below and find out the relevant answers that can help you care for your little one better and also ease your worries. In this article we will talk about the kind of sounds that babies normally make when they are awake or asleep and why baby makes noises when sleeping.

What baby sounds are to be expected from a newborn while awake?

The kind of sounds that a baby makes when it is awake can vary from baby to baby, and also depends on their overall health and surroundings. When your newborn is awake, you can expect to hear the following kinds of sounds that are more common.

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  • The most common sound that you can hear from your newborn when he or she is awake is a cooing sort of sound.
  • In addition, you may also hear your newborn making a gurgling kind of sound, especially if your newborn is in a good mood, has slept well and has a full tummy.
  • Sometimes, your baby may also make sounds that could sound as if your baby is crying, or is about to start crying. In most cases, a newborn makes this kind of a sound when he or she is uncomfortable. It could be that your newborn is hungry, or is feeling sleepy but does not know how to fall asleep, or is wet or dirty.
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    In addition, your newborn can also make grunting and groaning or moaning sounds, all of which are perfectly normal.

Are the same sounds commonly heard while the baby is asleep, too?

Here are some of the most common newborn sleeping noises that you can expect to hear in your baby:

  • When your baby is sleeping, you may hear a lot of grunting and groaning sounds.
  • In addition, your newborn may sometimes also make a lot of jerking movements with the hands or the legs.
  • In some cases, your newborn may also suddenly cry out in the middle of the sleep and then go back to sleep again.

Why do babies make noises in their sleep? Do some do this more than others?

If you are worried about your newborn sleep noises, it is a perfectly normal thing in babies, and it is also very normal that some babies make more sounds than the others.

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  • Most newborn babies actually do not sleep soundly and do make some or the other type of noise when they are sleeping.
  • Just like an adult, a newborn will also go through various sleep cycles throughout the night as well as when they sleep in the day.
  • There could be a period of sleep when your newborn is extremely peaceful and you hear no noise at all, so much so that you may start to get worried and actually check whether your baby is alright or not.
  • Then again, there may be a period of sleep when your newborn makes so much noise that you get worried and may think whether or not your baby is distressed and needs something.
  • In addition, your baby may also go through a sleep cycle where they make a lot of sudden movements with their hands and legs and you could worry that it will make them wake up. 

If you feel your baby is making a lot of noise, and it is also waking you up in the middle of your sleep, you can check for the following causes that may be the reason for the sounds:

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    Congestion: There may be some nasal or chest congestion which is making it difficult for your baby to breathe comfortably.
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    Gas: If your baby fell asleep during a feed and did not burp, it could be possible that there is still some gas or wind inside your baby that needs to be released and is making your baby uncomfortable.
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    Clearing the throat: Sometimes, you may hear a gurgling sound while your baby is sleeping. This could be because your baby is just trying to clear the throat.

At what age does this usually begin?

Your newborn could be making these sounds right from the very first few weeks after birth. In some cases, a newborn who is a very quiet and peaceful sleeper may start making loud noises during sleep time when they are about a month or so old.

How long before they outgrow it?

Usually, by the time your baby is a better sleeper, which could be anywhere between the ages of 10 months and a year, you may hear these sounds. After that, your baby will get back to sleeping more peacefully and you will not be worried about these sounds.

While newborn sleeping sounds can be cute, could they be a nuisance as well and enough to keep parents awake at night?

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In some cases the noises can be quite loud, so much so that it can easily make you wake up in the middle of your sleep. Also, more than the sound of it, you may not be able to sleep because it could possibly make you worry that your newborn is in some kind of discomfort.

How do you know if the sounds your baby is making while asleep are normal or typical or should it be a cause for concern? What sort of worrisome noises should you watch out for?

Is your baby making noises in sleep and are you worried that it could be because they are in some discomfort? Here are some of the sounds you should watch out for and get in touch with your baby’s paediatrician if you notice them in your baby:

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    Choking sounds: This could indicate that your baby is having trouble breathing.
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    Intense crying: Your baby may be gaseous or experiencing colic pains. Or it could be due to hunger or being wet or dirty.
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    Breathing rapidly: If your baby is taking about 70 or more breaths in a minute, call the doctor immediately.
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    Regular grunting: If you notice a grunting sound after each breath, speak to the doctor.

What is the best way to deal with a newborn who is a noisy sleeper?What sleep positions that can help quiet them down?

The best sleep position for a baby is to sleep on the back. If your baby seems disturbed in sleep, you can try and pat them gently to see if it helps, or check why your baby is making those sounds and if it needs a feed or a nappy change. If nothing helps, speak to your baby’s paediatrician.

Is weaning from co-sleeping a good option too?

Co-sleeping is not something that can make your baby uncomfortable and cause the sounds, unless you are sleeping in such a way that it is hurting the baby or making it difficult for baby to breathe and lay down comfortably.



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