Baby moans while sleeping and other sleep sounds explained (2023)

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  • Why does my baby make noises while sleeping?
  • Baby grunts and other typical newborn sleep sounds
  • Breath sounds: typical sounds of the newborn
  • When to worry about baby growling and other sleep noises
  • When baby grunts and other sleep noises keep you awake
  • When do babies stop making sleep sounds?

Surprise: "Sleep Like a Baby" looks a lot like a stuffed grandpa taking a nap in the recliner. The truth is that babies make a lot of strange noises while they sleep. The truth is,Experts confirmthat the sleep of the newborn is not at all peaceful. And while there are plenty of perfectly normal baby sleep sounds that don't require an ounce of concern, some baby grunts, hisses, and gurgles can be cause for concern. The trick? Do you know what the baby sleep sounds and grunts are? Here's help!

Why does my baby make noises while sleeping?

If you sleep next to your baby for a few nights, you may be wondering why my newborn is sleeping so loudly. It turns out that a lot of biology is to blame.

  • Babies breathe through their noses.Until your baby is 3 years oldFour monthsThey only breathe through their nose. And because his nostrils are so small, only tiny bits of mucus, breast milk, or formula are needed to travel to his back.small baby nostrils, causing all kinds of congestion-related sleep noises. (PS: that's whyneonatal congestionis common even if your baby does not have a cold).

  • They are still in development.Since your newborn's respiratory and digestive systems are not fully developed, they both work very hard to do their jobs. And with all that extra work comes extra sleep sounds. For example, since babies are just learning to regulate their breathing, you may hear brief periods of their breathing speeding up or slowing down when they nap.

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  • Babies are loud poopers.Babies are not yet able to relax the pelvic floor or use the abdominal muscles to have a silent bowel movement. The result: loud grunts and effort when baby has to go to number two. Although this is sometimes known as snore baby syndrome, it's perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

  • Babies go through many sleep transitions.Newborns only go through the stages of REM sleep (also known as "active sleep") and NREM sleep "quiet sleep" every 45 to 50 minutes. By the time your baby is 3-4 months old, those two sleep stages will become four...that's how many sleep stages adults have. However, youbaby sleep cycle– the full cycle of light to deep to light NREM sleep, plus some REM – still takes less than 60 minutes. This means that your sweet pea will enter a light sleep every hour, making it more likely to move, wake up briefly, and wake up.moans or short screams.

  • Babies spend a lot of time in active sleep.40-50% of your baby's sleep time is spent in memory-boosting REM sleep. (Meanwhile, adults spend only 15% of their ZZZ swinging in REM.) REM sleep is light sleep in which babies are in a more active sleep state. This means that your child's sleep will be marked by blinking eyes, increased heart rate, wobbling, writhing, and bursts of various sounds such as squeals, moans, and whimpers.

  • Babies are very hungry.Babies are not straightsubtly about your hunger…even when they are napping! This means you can hear your little one making noises like chewing and suckling when they sleep in their crib. Since these noises could be a sign that your little one is about to wake up hungry, you should feed your noisy toddler preemptively.

Baby grunts and other typical newborn sleep sounds

Some typical noises your baby will make while sleeping that you may hear, and why, are:

  • Whistles and Rattles:Thanks to your newborn's narrow nasal passage, a whistle can accompany each breath.

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  • bufido:This is also associated with congestion and tends to occur when the newborn is fast asleep. (The huffing, hissing, and rattling of sleep often subsides once the baby is there.about 6 months old.)

  • Gorgolejo:Babies don't reflexively swallow all their saliva yet, so if it pools in the back of their mouths and air rushes in, youhear gurgling noiseswhile your baby sleeps.

  • Hiccup:Newborns and infants are believed to beparticularly prone to hiccupsduring sleep by the air swallowed with the last meal before sleeping.

  • moaning, crying, moaning:If your child cries or whimpers for a moment while sleeping, it's probably just a sign that he's transitioning from a light sleep to a deep sleep.

  • Noise, belching, acceleration:Your baby's only duties now are to eat,gamblingand sleep, which means that their developing digestive system is exercised 24 hours a day, even during their sleeping period.

  • baby growls:When your baby grunts in his sleep, it usually means that he is getting used to having a bowel movement. Newbies are still getting used to using their abs to move stool and gas through their system. (However, there are times when a newborn's grunting while you sleep can be worrisome. More on that below.)


  • beating:it's your newborndream of food? Possibly! It is quite common to hear lip smacking and squirming noises from your little one while they are sleeping. Be prepared: You'll probably be waking up soon and looking for the real deal.

Breath sounds: typical sounds of the newborn

Because your baby's airways are softer and narrower than yours, she's more likely to wheeze loudly…especially when she naps. Also, babies naturally breathe faster than older children and adults. In fact, your newborn's respiratory rate is about40 to 60 breaths per minute, which decreases at a still rapid rate of 30 to 40 times per minute during sleep. (For context, your resting respiratory rate is probably between 12 and 16 breaths per minute.)

Newborns breathe not only fast, but also irregularly. While this not-so-steady breathing pattern may surprise you, it's perfectly normal for most babies. This is what is happening:

  • periodic breathing.Whileactive REM sleep, Babies squirm and move their tiny arms and legs... and their breathing can also get a little erratic. is calledNormal periodic breathing of infancyand then your baby takes several quick breaths, then pauses for 10 seconds or less, and starts again. Creepy, isn't it? But keep in mind that these brief pauses in breathing are normal and your baby will outgrow them in about 6 months. However, if your baby's skin color changes during breaks, or if you are concerned, contact your child's doctor as soon as possible.

  • Temporary rapid breathing.When fluid builds up in the newborn's lungs, it can make it difficult for the air sacs to open. The result: rapid breathing followed by ever deeper breaths. The good news is that normal breathing usually returns in about a minute... and your baby usually stops feeling it in 48 hours or less. This state, calledtransient tachypnea of ​​the newborn, is more common in children, premature babies, babies born by C-section, twins, and babies whose mothers have diabetes or asthma.

  • Laringomalacia.When babies are born with soft tissue from the larynx, it can fall into the airway and cause partial obstruction, making breathing noisy...lie on your back, which is thesafest sleeping position. this is itmost common cause of wheezingin infants and in about 80% of infants laryngomalaciasolve alone.

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When to worry about baby growling and other sleep noises

Most of the time his squeaky, gurgling, burping nap is fine! But there are times when baby sleep sounds indicate something bigger is going on. Listen for these sounds:

  • Rapid breathing of more than 40 breaths per minute
  • Rhythmic grunts while breathing...especially when combined with flaring nostrils
  • An extra long exhalation sound
  • Whooshing sound each time your baby exhales

Those creepy sleeping sounds may indicate that your baby hasRespiratorisches Synzytial-Virus(RSV),bronchiolitis, oatemnot syndrome. It is important that you contact your doctor immediately for advice.

When baby grunts and other sleep noises keep you awake

It's hard not to block out every little noise coming from your precious baby! But if every rattle and gurgle is waking you from a deep sleep, consider turning on some white noise. Not onlyWhite noise calms your babyfor peaceful sleep, but white noise acts as a "sound blanket" for you and muffles baby's sleep sounds. (Don't worry: You'll still hear your baby cry.) While it may be tempting to bring your fussy newborn into the nursery, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents do so.Room to share with your little sonfor at least 6 months. This practice alone canreduce the risk of SIDSup to 50%.

When do babies stop making sleep sounds?

If you've ever shared a bed with someone who snores, you know there's no guarantee that all sleep noises will stop after a certain age. But certain baby noises fade after a few months. A few months later, for example, the baby's lungs and digestive system will begin to decide what to do, leading to more restful sleep. At the same time, once your pip reaches 36 monthsspend less time in noisy, active REM sleep and more time in quieter, deep sleep. To help your baby get restful, restful sleep, consider the following:

  • feed your babyin an upright position, especially before bed.
  • Burp your baby after eating, especially before bed.
  • During the day, move your baby's legs and gently press her knees into her stomach to reduce intestinal tightness and grunting.
  • offer adream food.
  • Know your baby's sleep cues andwake up window.
  • set one uprelaxing bedtime routine.
  • To useWhite noiseto calm your baby and drown out noises that disturb sleep.The best white noise devices also mimic uterine sounds, as Dr. Harvey Karp saysSnoobiemiSNOOberry.

For more tips on preparing your baby for a good sleep, see"The Happiest Baby's Guide to a Good Night's Sleep."

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