When are baby growth spurts?

(October 19, 2012)

Do infant growth spurts hurt?

Infant growth spurts are expected during the early months of a baby's life. Baby growth spurts are noticeable when the sleep and feeding pattern changes. Feed timings, as well as, the amount of feed changes with the sudden growth of the infant. This means that they require frequent feeds of larger amounts and the baby seems to get hungry faster.

The infant growth spurt chart predicts the future growth rate of the baby.. It records your baby's age, height and weight, making it easier for the pediatrician to monitor growth. Most parents like to have a growth rate chart for their baby so that they can observe if their child's growth is normal, or stunted in any way. Most nursing mothers worry about the milk being sufficient for their child, and whether or not they should put them on a supplement feed. If the weight and height is not increasing according to the chart, then the feed might be insufficient. Not only should the weight and height increase, but even the circumference of the child's head must grow. However, after the child is six months old, it is best to wean it off mother's milk and start on supplement feeds. A normal baby should weigh thrice its birth weight at one year, and be 50% more in height. The circumference of the head should also be a third more in size.

The Infant growth spurts sleeping pattern changes considerably, and the child wakes up more often in the middle of the night craving for feeds. The first growth spurt is usually within the first ten days, and this is also when the first erratic sleep pattern can be observed. . After this, there is a spurt every three months until the age of nine months. However, some children sleep through it all.  In such cases, as long as your child grows and feels hungrier, there is no need for alarm. A mother who is nursing her baby should ensure that her own food intake is sufficient and well balanced.

At three months, your little one starts giggling at your silly mimes and inflectional jabber. You stare at him angrily–he smiles, you sneer at him coldly–he smiles. Twiddling your fingers and making gurgling sounds, he makes you laugh and keeps you occupied. It is at this stage, that he also experiences another growth spurt. You are to endure sleepless nights and make the most of the little free time you get, to snooze dreamily and eat hastily. Eat as much, as your body requires the strength.

Submitted by N on October 19, 2012 at 06:16

For most mothers, growth spurts can be tiring and frustrating, but they should take heart from the fact that these spurts are essential parts of physical maturation and developmental milestones too. So when are baby growth spurts? Usually all major growth spurts occur at 2, 3, and 6 weeks and then at 3 and 6 months and 9 months. However, your little one can have growth spurts at other times as well. Babies are known not to go by the book and if you are wondering when are baby growth spurts; keep that in mind as well! The best part of baby growth spurts are that they only last for 2-3 days. This baby growth spurts timeline helps both mother and baby get back to normal life after that. So now that you know when are baby growth spurts, let us look at what exactly these growth spurts are.

Growth spurts are periods characterized by a baby’s sudden frequent feeds, perhaps for longer times than usual. Another sign of newborn baby growth spurts is that the baby suddenly becomes very fussy as well. Sleep patterns become erratic too. Remember that one of the most important jobs that your baby has to do in his/her first year of life is to grow much bigger. Babies often grow in short and intense bursts and growth spurts are responsible for this. See also baby growth chart

Some more symptoms of baby growth spurts are:-

  • Your baby suddenly wants to eat or drink milk non stop.
  • Changes in sleeping patterns: your baby’s sleeping patterns may become irregular. Older babies may wake up earlier from naps.
  • More crankiness: - changes in sleeping patterns could contribute to this as well.
  • Babies may also be unsettled, windy and may not pass stools regularly as well.
Remember that growth spurts can happen to both breastfed and formula fed babies. At times, mothers feel anxious that their babies are feeding frequently due to low milk supply. One way to see if this is a growth spurt or a milk issue is to determine the length of time this carries on for. Growth spurts are temporary. If a mother is having a problem with her milk supply, the problem will carry on till she takes steps to increase it. It is important to listen to your baby and to follow his/her cues. Your milk will automatically increase due to the increased feedings.

The above information should have answered your query on when are baby growth spurts.

Submitted by N on December 21, 2010 at 04:02

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