Growth Spurt & Fussy behaviour in Babies
We all encounter some days when our baby gets more fussy, crankier, clingier, cries more and sleepless. And we as new mothers go totally blank and start worrying. We check for tummy aches, colic, rashes, even for fever. But if all else seems right then these particular days can be the Growth spurt days.
Common times for growth spurts are during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 11 months (more or less).
It is during these more difficult weeks that babies are making big steps forward in their development. During a growth spurt, your baby will put on weight, reach developmental milestones, feed more, and sleep more or less than usual. Please note, this period can range from a few days to a few weeks.
During fussy days, babies seem to manage the developmental changes more easily if they get extra attention, get held more often and have extra comforting when they go to sleep. They need this extra attention: it is not just because they are choosing to be more demanding.
3 ways to know if your baby is going through a growth spurt
– If the baby is hungry all the time.
Out of the blue, a baby who was nursing at regular intervals wants to spend the entire day at your breast. Formula-fed babies may appear dissatisfied after finishing a bottle.
– If the baby is fussier than usual.
The most obvious reason for this moodiness is lack of sleep. If baby wakes up more often in order to feed, he’s not getting the longer periods of rest he needs.
– If baby sleeps more than usual.
After several days of nonstop feeding, your baby may sleep more soundly than usual, that’s when we think growth occurs.
Research shows that nearly 80 per cent of growth hormone is secreted during sleep
Never force a baby to stay awake, you’ll only make him more cranky.
Now there is no research that confirms ‘growth spurt’ does occur. These fussy periods are also referred to as ‘Appetite increases‘ as it was assumed that babies tend to breastfeed more during this time.
However, research showed that this wasn’t true either. Then, the concept of ‘wonder weeks‘ was introduced.
So fussy periods are not a cause for concern— just a normal phase your child is going through.
But don’t be too quick to blame growth spurts for everything. Please do check for any minor illnesses too.
Hope this information is helpful. Have a happy weekend!!
We just passed the 3 month growth spurt here.
Good luck for future spurts
Great post! We are in the 11 month phase and I have noticed this!
Oh wonderful growth spurts. I remember when my little girl went thru one at 3 months. I was exhausted from nursing all the time. I was also super stressed from thinking I wasn’t producing enough.
So true, these growth spurts are exhausting.
I remember going through this with both of my girls like it was yesterday
It was a nightmare stage for us. Thanks for leaving a comment.
Growth spurts are always so challenging. Babies toddlers and kids experience so many things at the same time. And you can definitely tell by their behavior. Mias hasn’t had any recently but she is almost two now so I know we are close to another one.
All the best to you momma. Thanks for stopping by.
I too have experienced this with my twinnies when their feed or behaviour is quite abnormal. Nicely summed up.
Glad you could relate to it, thanks for stopping by 🙂