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Baby Growth Spurts and Sleep
Growth Spurt Indicators
During the early stages of life, baby growth spurts and sleep pattern changes must be expected. Cluster feedings are major indicators that an infant is going through a growth spurt. This accounts for drastic changes in their height and weight. Also, increased feeding usually within short intervals of time is often noted. These are essential part of physical maturation and considered as a developmental milestone.
Sleep patterns are usually affected during a growth spurt. Infants become fussy and start to crave for milk feeding more frequently. Erratic sleeping patterns are observed its either they are sleeping too much or not falling asleep at all. The initial stage of growth spurt occurs between the first few days after birth between 7 to 10 days old. Approximately expect the next stages within 3 and 6 weeks of life followed by 3, 6, and 9 months. These timeline will only serve as a guide when to expect baby growth spurts and sleep pattern changes. You do not have to be alarmed when this happens since it is a normal part of child development. This should not be a major concern as long as your baby is growing and developing properly.
Breastfed Baby & Growth Spurts
Your Baby May Want Feeding More Often
When your little ones start to feed more than the usual then this a sign of a growth spurt. Cluster feedings are often its initial sign. Their food cravings are increased which is why sleeping patterns can also be greatly affected.
Night waking may become frequent due to a growing appetite for milk. You should also expect shorter duration of daytime naps and irregular sleeping patterns. As mentioned earlier, do not be alarmed since every infant will undergo this process. The little tykes may become fussier, practically due to constant sleep interruptions or hunger cues of an empty stomach.
Disruption to Baby Sleeping Patterns
Breastfeeding mothers should ensure they have enough milk to compensate for the growing needs of their little ones. A nursing mom should consume healthy foods and drink plenty of water to ensure that additional milk will be produced. It is also normal for moms to have an increased appetite than the usual while their little ones go through a growth spurt, which typically lasts for 2-3 days. But in some cases it could last for more than a week or even longer and be sure to adjust your feeding schedule accordingly. It is a must to feed your baby whenever they give out hunger cues. During this process, the milk supply of a breastfeeding mother also increases. If baby sleeping patterns have been disrupted, do not worry because it will gradually return back to normal after a few days.
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