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Going stiff when lying down

hi all, 

i have a 11 week old who recently when being on her changing mat or play mat all of a sudden goes stiff legs and arms stretched out and has a terrified look on her face, she then screams and cries until she is picked up, one picked up she then falls asleep, 

has anyone else had this ? I’ve been told it could be a startle relex?


  • If it is startle reflex she needs cuddle or swaddle. Its the same thing she would do in the womb resulting in a big kick/punch you could feel. Shes still surprised that there is no soft comfy womb wall and feels scared 

    I think startle reflex is so adorable

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