Challenges Faced During Baby Growth Spruts
If your baby is eating non-stop and waking up more, mastering new skills and showing signs of fussiness means that he is going through a growth sprut. This is the most important part of the baby’s first year. The baby will triple the body weight by the time he is one year old.
The average baby grows one-half inch to one inch every month in the first six months. Growth spruts can happen anytime and occurs at any time. They can have up to three, six or nine month’s growth sprut.
1. Baby eats round the clock:
Once you set your baby feeding schedule, your baby will want to all the time. If your baby is on breastfeed then it means two-four days of non-stop nursing.
To fulfill their needs, the baby should be fed every time he is hungry. The breastfeeding increases from 8-14 times per day especially for 1-7 weeks old baby. The more your baby feeds the more you will stimulate milk production and keep up with their increasing needs.
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2. Changes in baby sleep patterns:
While the baby is in a growth sprut, their sleeping pattern will be different from their routine. Some parents say that baby sleeps less and some find their babies waking up earlier from their nap times. Sleep plays an important role in the baby’s growth. Don’t worry if you notice the change sin sleeping pattern of your baby, they are more likely to come back to their old routines within a few days.
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3. Unusual crankiness or fussiness:
Your baby might become restless or cranky during the growth sprut and you may find that they want to be held all the time and cry whenever you put them down. While latching and unlatching at the breast they become much fussier. Besides indicating growth, babies go through a developmental leap. It means they start crawling, rolling over or learn any other new skill. But don’t worry, babies tend to calm down within a few days and the crankiness doesn’t last for too long.
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HOW TO DEAL WITH INFANT GROWTH SPRUT:
- Keep your baby hydrated
- Keep your baby close to you as much as possible because they might want to be fed all the time.
- Take help from your partner or another family member with the household chores to settle for the long haul.
- Whenever possible, take rest and sleep!
- If you are still concerned about the growth spruts of your baby, consult with your pediatrician.