Time, take it easy! Only those who have a baby at home know how fast the little ones develop, right? However, did you know that growth peaks usually happen in a predictable way? They are super important for keeping track of your child’s weight and height periodically.
Babies who feel a greater need to suckle, wake up easily and get more agitated than normal may be going through a peak, which usually lasts from 2 to 3 days, and can reach 7. Let’s understand better?
How do growth peaks happen?
Before the 1990s, scientists believed that children grew at a steady rate. This theory was discarded when researchers began measuring growth weekly or daily, rather than once a year.
They have found that during a peak growth, the child grows an average of 1cm in a day or more while sleeping. During the first two years, it has a few peaks and the rest of the time it simply does not grow. Most of them usually happen during these periods:
- Second week;
- Third week;
- Sixth week;
- 6 months;
- 9 months.
We know that several factors determine height and weight. The growth process includes genetic composition, hormones and nutritional issues. Therefore, not all babies follow the same pattern.
Then growth peaks may occur sooner or later. As long as the child is gaining weight and height within the normal range, there is no need to worry about the date.
How to identify baby’s growth peaks?
Check out some classic symptoms that show that your baby is going through one of the peaks of growth.
The baby will want to eat more often. If he has been breastfeeding every three hours before, he may be hungry every one or two hours during the peak to satisfy the new demand of his body.
Relax about milk production! With free demand breastfeeding, the woman’s organism adjusts and follows the rhythm of the little one. Older babies will also want to feed themselves more, both by breastfeeding and by eating solid foods and baby food.
Waking up in the night
Even if the baby is sleeping for hours at a time during the night, he may wake up more often during growth peaks. He may wake up every two hours to suckle. The same goes for naps, which will be shorter than usual.
Baby more “grumpy”
During breastfeeding, for example, he will be more demanding, suckling more vigorously and demanding more milk. In addition, his mood will be shaken by sleepless nights and interrupted naps.
What to do?
A baby that sucks more and sleeps less is likely to make parents more tired and stressed. For milk production to keep up with the frantic pace of feeding, it is important for the mother to drink plenty of water and rest whenever she can.
Children’s sleep is essential to maintain their body and metabolic functions. A tip for parents who want to improve their children’s sleep is to follow a nightly routine every day so that they get used to the process and slow down little by little until it’s time to sleep. The same goes for naps.
If the baby’s behaviour is very unusual, observe the amount of diapers and weight gain. If his clothes are visibly tighter and he is wearing between five and six nappies a day, everything is probably fine.
How do you know if your baby is growing normally?
Since the pregnancy, the baby’s growth is already monitored. In the intrauterine phase, the control is done by means of ultrasounds and, after the birth, height and weight must be registered by the pediatrician.
The results are placed on the growth curves to assess whether the pattern is compatible with that of other children of the same sex and age. In the first year, babies grow around 24cm and gain about 6kg. In the second year, they grow around 12cm and gain about 2.5kg.
Between the fourth and the sixth month of life, a baby’s weight should double in relation to the weight he was born with. By the first year of age, it should triple. At the age of two, it is expected to weigh four times more than at birth.
Growth peaks and development leaps: what’s the difference?
While growth peaks refer to the baby’s height and weight, developmental heels refer to the acquisition of new skills such as smiling or crawling. All of these changes bring unknown sensations and feelings to baby, making him feel lost as his perceptive and cognitive system has changed.
Therefore, the little one’s world can become a strange, insecure and unknown place, making him feel more needy of collet, sucking more or less and waking up several times in the night.
Generally, they last from one to six weeks, but vary with each child. Jumps occur most frequently in the baby’s first year, but continue until adolescence.
Affection, love and patience are the secrets to these phases. Soon the symptoms of growth peaks and developmental jumps will pass and everything will return to normal!
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