Post # 1
My 5 month old’s arms are starting to flail like crazy. For instance, when she’s sitting in her highchair with us at dinner she usually has toys to play with. Her arms go so crazy the toy bangs on the tray or she sometimes hits herself in the face. Also, last night she woke up at 1 am and I went in to soothe her. Her little arms were going nuts: it’s like she was trying to grab for something. I put my hand on her tummy and one little hand held my thumb and the other held my pinky and she calmed down and went to sleep. I don’t think it’s still her startle reflex. Does this seem normal? I didn’t think anything of it until my mom said I didn’t do this. Then I googled and read about autism and flapping arms and now I’m freaking out. Stupid Google.
We just recently, like in the last few weeks, stopped using any sort of swaddle/merlin suit. Perhaps she’s just adjusting to total arm freedom? Or maybe she is just realizing she has arms and thinks it’s cool she can do that? Talk me down from my crazy, bees.
Post # 3
@FloridaGatorBride: Babies discover their various body parts in phases. BabyDane still kind of flails a bit here and there with her arms (nearly 10 months old) but she has much more control over them at this point. She sometimes will just feel around her in her crib for a blanket or something. We have one of those little blanket with a stuffed animal head thingy-ma-bobs and she usually grabs onto that and goes back to sleep.
If it’s concerning, bring it up with your pedi, but we had that to some degree and it storted itself out.
Post # 4
This is completely normal. If really still are concerned as pp said contact your doc.
Post # 5
I’d consider it pretty normal! But if you’re worried, talk to your ped. That’s what they’re for!
Post # 6
This is normal. The autism/ arm-flapping thing is a concern with older kids, not infants. My son flapped around a lot, especially when he was nursing and it’s gone away as he gets older.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I am definitely no stranger to my pediatrician’s question hotline: I don’t think there’s been a week since she’s been born that I haven’t called about something! I honestly just didn’t think twice about her flailing until my mom said something. I was like, ‘is this something I should be concerned about? I thought all babies flailed around like crazy?’ Then I googled, big mistake! Thanks everyone for confirming my original instincts! I’ll mention it to the ped at her 6 month appointment, but I think she’s OK.