Baby’s Growth Spurts to Lookout For

babies growth spurts

A growth spurt in babies is something that every parent should be aware of; being aware of it will enable you to help your baby sail through the phase. You will also not panic or get alarmed about things that are usually common during a growth spurt. In this article, we explore the various aspects related to growth spurts in babies from when to expect a growth spurt to what are the signs of a growth spurt that you should look out for. It will also help you understand how you can help your baby during a growth spurt.

When does a baby experience a growth spurt?

Every baby is different and, hence, they experience growth spurts at different ages. However, most babies will experience several growth spurts at the following ages:

  • 1 to 3 weeks
  • 6 to 8 weeks
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year

A baby can experience a growth spurt much before (or, later) than these ages as well. It all depends on their own growth pace. However, as a parent, you should be aware of the signs of a growth spurt so that whenever it happens, you can identify it and help your baby through it.

Signs of a Growth Spurt in Babies

Again, there can be different signs for different babies; however, in general, the three most important signs to look out for are-

1. Increased hunger

increased hunger

The biggest sign of a growth spurt is the fact that your baby’s appetite increases dramatically. They feel hungry more often and might even want to feed every hour or so. If you have already started them on a solid diet, they may also want to eat more solid foods.

2. Frequently waking up at night

If your baby is experiencing a growth spurt, they are more likely to keep waking up now and then. It is also a result of them feeling hungry more often. You are more likely to be woken up by a crying (and hungry) baby every two or three hours at night.

3. Change in behavior (usually increased fussiness and irritation)

During a growth spurt, babies tend to experience a behavior change as well. They will become fussier and will remain irritated quite often. It is a result of increased hunger and the fact that they might not be getting a long, restful sleep at night.

How to help your baby during a growth spurt?

Well, a growth spurt is a natural process that every baby will go through, sooner or later, and there is not much you can do about it; however, you can surely help them through it by doing simple things like:

  • Soothe and calm the baby whenever they feel cranky or fussy.
  • Try to ensure they get enough sleep throughout the day.
  • Create an environment that will help to promote a better quality of sleep.
  • Feed your baby as much as they want and give them a nourishing diet.
  • Talk to your doctor about whether your baby requires anything else right now.

These are just a few ways in which you can help your baby during a growth spurt.