Baby growth spurts usually occur in the third week, the sixth week, the third month and the sixth month. A growth chart is usually maintained by the child’s paediatrician, who will take measurements of the circumference of the child’s head, weight and length. This chart is maintained to record the growth of the baby and as long as the baby is progressing there is nothing to be worried about. The doctor will keep track of any major dips in weight and if the baby’s weight is over the amount required for his or her height. This is important as it could indicate potential...
...weight problems in future. Baby growth spurts ages can vary mildly as each baby grows at its own pace.
The first growth spurt is noticed in some babies between the first and second week after the baby has been brought from the hospital. Babies tend to lose some of their birth weight, but this is normally regained once they start breast feeding. Three weeks is the next major landmark, followed by the third, sixth and ninth month. The spurts start to slow down after the first year though. A growth spurt is evident when the child begins to cluster feed. The baby is likely to want to feed every hour or so and five hour full night naps become a thing of the past. The child may whimper and be fussier than usual too. These spurts, however, last a very short period (2-3 days to sometimes a week) and feeding resumes normally as do sleeping hours in most children.
Baby growth spurt at six weeks occurs more or less as it has in the third week. If the child has fallen asleep while feeding, try feeding her again for a while, but do not wake her up or force feed. Take the baby in a stroller out into the fresh air after breastfeeding. Fresh air tends to put the child to sleep and if the child falls asleep immediately, it means no more feeding is required. By the third month, the child becomes more alert, may begin to coo and even develop a social smile recognising people around. Baby growth spurt at three months will increase the child’s appetite and make the child more active and content. The child gains more weight, develops physically and soils his or her diapers regularly through the day. Although the child maybe going through a growth spurt and required more feeding, take care to not overfeed him or her.