BABY GROWTH SPURT
The first year of a baby’s life cycle is interesting and crucial as they undergo major developments. From being tiny and delicate to getting stronger on a daily basis, the babies are full of surprises. You know, your baby is likely to double up in their size by 5 months, and almost triple up in size by the time they are about a year old. These transitions take place over a year coupled with periods of spontaneous growth spurts.
WHAT ARE THESE GROWTH SPURTS?
Growth spurts are periods of intense growth and development exhibited by babies. These periods tend to last for a few days to a week max and then stabilize, till the next stage comes in.
On an average, growth spurts are more likely to appear during the following time frames-
- When a baby is about 3-4 weeks old
- When a baby is 3 months old
- When a baby is 6 months old
- When a baby is 9 months old
- When a baby is 12 months old
During this period your baby might want to be nursed more often, be more demanding than usual and change their overall feeding and sleeping patterns. During this entire year, babies will showcase different behavioral patterns within the given framework. From feeding little at a time, to frequent feeds, sleeping peacefully at a stretch to waking up frequently, a lot will happen.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF GROWTH SPURTS?
Consider these signs to recognize your baby’s spurts-
- Change in overall nursing patterns. You might find that your baby is hungrier than usual and wants to feed more often. If they were being nursed every three hours before, they might want to be fed every 2 hours now. Don’t worry about keeping up with their feeding needs. This is because the more a baby feeds from you directly, the more milk you start to produce over time. In case of older babies, you can increase their intake of top feed or solid food as well.
- Change in diaper change cycles. You will notice that babies poop more often and you need to change their clothes and diapers more often than usual. This is because of the increase in their feeding cycles. However, though it is not always pleasant to change diapers, it is a natural process. Just wait for the day when you begin potty training.
- Change in overall sleeping patterns. Your baby might wake up more during their naps for a small snack, so be ready to feed them at odd hours– especially at mid-night.
- Impatience and Fussy. As they get hungry, they tend to get more impatient for feed as they grow up. They also can display some fussy-ness, like wanting to be picked up or to be engaged with or to be played with. Whatever it is, it is simply divine to see a baby reacting. Every day it’s a new beginning.