What Are Baby Growth Spurts?

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Your baby is growing and changing very fast and within no time, you will start noticing these tiny developments. Unfortunately, at one time in their life, their growth will significantly increase. This is what we refer to as growth spurts.

At these stages, you can expect your baby to add more weight, grow in length, and significantly increase the circumference of their head. You are also likely to notice a rapid change in their mental and developmental skills such as smiling and rolling. These are referred to as developmental spurts and are likely to happen at the same time as the growth spurt.

In this post, you will find everything you need to know about the growth spurts including signs and what to expect.

Signs of growth spurt
All babies are different and as such, they react differently to the changes in their lives. Some of the common growth spurts to expect include:

Your baby will go for being jovial to extremely grumpy and clingy. This is a common sign of growth spurt and it is a crucial development leap. Some scholars believe that the little ones go through patches whereby they can go from happy and content and once the growth spurt occurs, they become extremely unsettled. The relationship between the spurts and the mood swings remains unknown. However, expect your baby to feel tired and overwhelmed as most of the energy goes to feeding and growing.

Sleepless night or very sleepy
Growth spurts are a big deal for the baby and as such, expect your baby to unsettled and hungry leading to them waking up more often at night. In other cases, it may go the other way and the growth spurts could leave your little one extremely tired and in need of more sleep.

Is your baby experiencing growth spurts?
Is her vest becoming too tight? Is there an additional roll on the knee? These are some of the signs indicating that your baby has had a growth spurt. The surefire way is to get your baby weighed and checked by a doctor.

Should you be concerned?
If you notice some of the signs described above at the time when spurts are expected to take place, it is extremely likely that they are just growing. However, should the signs last much longer than a couple of days, or you feel that your baby is distressed or much sleepier than ordinary; it would be wise to have them check by a doctor.

Growth spurts usually occur during the first few days after the baby is born, 7 to 10 days, 2-weeks, 6-6 weeks, 3, 4, 6, and the 9 month. Keep in mind this can be different from one baby to the next since babies do not need calendars. Expect your baby to stick to this, or be a little different.

Growth spurts do not stop after the first birthday. In fact, they are common after the first year and occur periodically thereafter and throughout their teen years.

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