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lots of back arching when held??
« on: May 06, 2006, 03:12:04 am »
My lo is almost 3 months old and he always arches his back and leans back when being held vertically.  He isn't fussing or in any way seeming upset or distressed, but is this normal??  My DS is my first...am I worrying over nothing?  Thanks in advance!!

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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 03:44:46 am »
My dd is almost 6 months and is now doing this all the time, she also arches her back and curls her legs back when I try to sit her down in my lap! Yet when I pick her up in a standing postion on my lap she smiles and laughs. I think they're just trying to tell us to change it up! If they are not in pain (from gas or anything like that) then they are simply telling us they don't want to be in this position. At least, that's what I gather. I'll be interested in hearing from others as well because I'm dealing with the same.
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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 05:22:48 am »
My lo is almost 3 months old and he always arches his back and leans back when being held vertically.

When my DD does this, it means she doesn't want me to hold her that way. Usually it means put her down, especially if she is twisting away from me. But I imagine your son doesn't twist that way at 3 mos age.

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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2006, 14:02:36 pm »
I thought about that, too....maybe he wants a change of position....but when I've tried that, it doesn't seem to help.  In fact, usually, he starts crying.  I'm wondering about if its a hunger sign?  Kind of a wierd one, but I just read in the first BW book that that body position could mean hunger,"arches back, turns to side, cranes neck back".  I'm going to try it.  My lo doesn't fuss and cry much  ;D so I'm really trying to read is body language to know what he needs!  Any thoughts?  Thanks!

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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2006, 14:39:17 pm »
If he does start crying when you change his position I would think it's either...
hunger, gas pains, overtired.

Process of elimination time...
How often is he eating? Does he burb well? How long is his A time and naps?
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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2006, 17:46:26 pm »
Troubleshooting baby is sometimes more challenging than troubleshooting computer problems, LOL.

I have a magnet on my fridge which says:

If baby is

1 - Fed
2 - Changed
3 - Burped
4 - Comfortable

... try lots of loving touch!


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Good luck!
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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2006, 17:59:12 pm »
My 6MO DD does this all the time.  I think it's developmental (she's also rolling over by arching her back when laying down) and I think she thinks it's funny to see the world upside down. 
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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2006, 19:30:36 pm »
My 5 month old started this recently too, he loves to lie right back over my knees - he even did it when we were out today in front of my friends, who looked worried. He always does it after a feed, and then usually burps later. The main thing to watch is with him is when he tries to lean back when I'm coming down the stairs - hold tight!

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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2006, 20:35:49 pm »
The main thing to watch is with him is when he tries to lean back when I'm coming down the stairs - hold tight!

Also watch for head bopping when walking through doorways, and also hard armrests when you're sitting in a chair/recliner/etc.

We have a recliner with some wood on the armrest, I keep a folded up fleece blankie on the armrest to help "cushion" her head if she happens to suddenly flop back that way.

She likes to play a "peekaboo" type game when I'm holding her upright. DH would stand behind me, moving around left/right in/out of her sight. So DD would peek around my head/shoulder to the right, then left, then right, then left... if we're walking while doing this (not intentonally, like when I'm walking her down the hallway to her room for a diaper change & DH happens to follow behind me), I have to make sure she doesn't bop her head in the doorway, LOL.



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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2006, 02:45:10 am »
Glad to know my lo isn't the only archer in the world!  It is pretty funny!  Maybe that is just it...funny!  Can 3 month olds have a sense of humor yet?  If so, I'm sure my little guy has one.  He smiles all the time and laughed for the first time (at my DH of course) yesterday morning.  I tried all weekend to see if this arching thing seemed to be related to hunger, tired, or gas and I got nothin'!  He just does it all the time!  His Activity time is fairly low-key most of the time...he loves to watch himself in the mirror, loves to watch out the windows at the woods behind our house and that's about it.  Naps are another story...that's what brought me to this site and the BW books in the first place.  He's not the best napper in the world.  I'm really struggling with getting some sort of 3 hour EASY going for him.  His "schedule" seems to change from day to day.  I need help with that but I guess I should go to the SLEEP board for that.  Any words of wisdom for getting started?
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Re: lots of back arching when held??
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2006, 03:49:17 am »
Jaksmama - Every day is different for us too - especially with daycare.  I just try to do the best I can at being flexible, avoiding AP, getting enough daytime sleep and consistent winddowns.  Good luck!
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