When your child is about nine months old, he may begin rhythmic movements- rolling his head, rocking on his hands and knees, even banging his head on the end of the crib. Rocking usually occurs when the youngster is tired and trying to fall asleep. The habit, which may be an attempt to recreate the comfort of being rocked by you, will probably wane when the child begins to crawl, although it may persist as long as the age of four. The best thing to do is to let the behavior runs its course, unless the rocking becomes prolonged or extends into the Childs normal waking hours. You may want to cut down on the noise by padding the crib, and putting it on a thick rug or anchoring its legs. You should consult a doctor if head banging begins, how ever since this activity may become vigorous enough to cause bruises.
There are ways you can help prevent rocking from becoming exaggerated. During the day, spend as much time as possible with your child and cuddle him often. Keep the youngster occupied, and encourage him to vent his feelings at play. Prolong the child’s bedtime rituals in order to reduce tension; a warm bath may help and so may rhythmic music. Try not to leave your child alone in the crib until you that he is ready to fall asleep.