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.

Here’s an overview –

AGE(months)

HEIGHT(cm)

WEIGHT(kgs)

0

46.3 – 53.4

2.5 – 4.3

1

51.1 – 58.4

3.4 – 5.7

2

54.7 – 62.2

4.4 – 7.0

3

57.6 – 65.3

5.1 – 7.9

4

60.0 – 67.8

5.6 – 8.6

5

61.9 – 69.9

6.1 – 9.2

6

63.6 – 71.6

6.4 – 9.7

7

65.1 – 73.2

6.7 – 10.2

8

66.5 – 74.7

7.0 – 10.5

9

67.7 – 76.2

7.2 – 10.9

10

67.7 – 76.2

7.5 – 11.2

11

70.2 – 78.9

7.4 – 11.5

12

71.3 – 80.3

7.8 – 11.9

GROWTH CHARTS FOR BABY GIRLS [0-1 YEARS]-

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Monitor your child’s growth.

Visit a doctor to keep regular updates. Here is an indicative baby growth chart for both boys and girls:

GROWTH CHARTS FOR BABY BOYS [0-1 YEARS]-

AGE(months)

HEIGHT(CMS)

WEIGHT(KGS)

0

45.6 – 52.7

2.44 – 4.2

1

50.0 – 57.4

3.2 – 5.4

2

53.2 – 60.9

4.0 – 6.5

3

55.8 – 63.8

4.6 – 7.4

4

58.0 – 66.2

5.1 – 8.1

5

59.9 – 68.2

5.5 – 8.7

6

61.5 – 70.0

5.8 – 9.3

7

62.9 – 71.6

6.1 – 9.6

8

64.3 – 73.2

6.3 – 10.0

9

65.6 – 74.7

6.6 – 10.4

10

66.8 – 76.1

6.8 – 10.7

11

68.0 – 77.5

7.0 – 11.0

12

69.2 – 78.9

7.1 – 11.3

  • Feed them when they show signs of hunger. A good nutrition is very important to help them accelerate their overall growth and development. Don’t worry about overfeeding them. Babies will spill the food from the corners of their mouth when they full.
  • Help them sleep. After a feed, rock them in your arms or sing a soft lullaby. There are also many variants of baby cradles, the old-fashioned or traditional ones or new variants with automatic swing and remote control.
  • Baby Growth Chart 0-1 Years
  • Have patience and be understanding. These periods will last for a few days only, after which things will get back to a normal pace. Or as normal as it can go with an infant anyways.
  • Be very attentive, pay close attention to your baby at all times. Although babies develop at their own pace, sometimes these growths can be delayed. If you are worried about the fact that your baby isn’t showing any signs of growth and development, immediately visit a pediatrician. Also, if you see any symptoms such as fever, rash, vomiting or any other signs than what is already mentioned above, it might be because your baby has certain underlying health problems. In that case, don’t take decisions by yourself and contact with your doctor.
  • Be gentle to yourself as well. You cannot know everything. Even as a parent, you are still learning and you are bound to make some mistakes and have some doubts. We will keep coming back to you with more blogs and informative articles.

Do write to us at help@wabibabi.com

We, the parents here, will share our learnings and journey with you. Cheers.

Cognitive and physiological developments (motor, neural etc)

Babies start developing their cognitive ability by the time they are one to two months old. There are a few milestones in a baby’s cognitive development

  • Between one to two months, babies will turn their heads towards interesting objects and people
  • Around three months babies react to familiar objects and people.
  • On the fourth month, the vision improves and a baby is able to integrate the sense of sight, touch, hearing and touch to link as well as form an identity of a person or an object.
  • Between six to nine months, a baby starts recognizing familiar sights, sounds, smell and taste. During this time, they develop the skill of object permanence-which is their ability to understand absence and create memories.
  • Between six to nine months a baby is more prone to exploring and watching people and objects and it is during this time that a baby”s personality, curiosity and expression of emotions become more apparent.

Emotional and social development

  • One month- infants begin to express their feelings through eyes and mouth
  • Between one- and two-Months babies develop stronger bonding with parents. During this time their responses develop through smiling, eye contact and hand movements
  • Between four to six months a baby is able to show anger, happiness through their facial expressions
  • Between six to nine months a baby develops separation and stranger anxiety
  • Between nine to twelve months, a baby expresses more attachment towards strangers and they explore more through walking and crawling.
  • Communication and language skills
  • Between three to six weeks a baby is able to express their hunger and sleep through specific cries.
  • Around one month, a baby starts responding to soft voices, especially that of parents and caregivers.
  • Around twomonths the “baby talk” of cooing and gurgling develops.
  • Between six to nine months, babies start imitating speech and sounds.
  • On their first year, a baby is able to communicate through a few short words, like mama, dada.
  • Look out for development delays and potential warning signs
  • Though each baby is unique, we have listed below a few delays for babies in their first twelve months, which can be possible warning signs and when a doctor needs to be consulted with.
  • Between 1 to 3 months
    • Does not respond to loud noises
    • Does not follow moving objects
    • Does not grasp objects by 3 months
    • Cannot support head at three months

    Between 4 to 7months

    • Head flops back when body is pulled to a sitting position
    • No eye contacts
    • Does not respond to sound
    • Has difficulty in bringing objects to the mouth
    • Does not turn head to locate sounds
    • Does not roll over
    • Does not follow objects with eyes

    Between 8 to 12 months

    • Does not crawl
    • Says no single word
    • Does not learn to use gestures like waving shaking head
  • A note to New Parents
  • Having a baby is a beautiful experience. Along with this unique experience it is also challenging. Below are a few general guidelines which will help you handle and bond with your new born
  • Handling the new born
    • Wash and sanitize your hands. Since infants don’t have a strong immune system and therefore are prone to infections
    • -For the first three to four months remember to give constant support to the baby’s head and neck. Since the muscles are weak it is important to cradle your baby’s head while carrying or laying your baby down
    • Never shake your baby. This can cause bleeding in the brains and can turn serious.
    • You should give your baby a sponge bath until the umbilical cord falls off and the naval is healed completely

     

    Feeding and burping

    • The new born needs to be fed every two to three hours. However, your baby might give you a cue you by crying or putting fingers in the mouth, or making a round mouth and make sucking noises.
    • Burping your baby is important as babies tend to form gas. Try burping your baby after every ounce of formula feed or after every five minutes of breast feed
    • Bonding- Bonding between the parents and the baby can start right from the first few hours of the baby’s birth. A strong bonding helps in the emotional growth of a child. A few ways to bond with a new born are listed below.
    • Cradle and stroke your baby
    • If your baby responds to massages give light stroking massages. Be careful that your baby is delicate so give gentle massages.
    • Hold your baby close to you while feeding.
    • Sing and talk to your baby. Your baby not only strengthens hearing ability but also feels an emotional security while listening to you.

     

    The journey of parenting is a journey of new experiences every day. Your baby is unique and with each passing day you will discover unique nuances, responses, reactions, and expressions. So, enjoy this journey and be prepared for new surprises of development and growth from your little bundle of joy.

    Watch out this space for more insights.

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