Don’t be surprised if one day, the tiny baby you’ve been carrying with ease suddenly becomes a bit heavier. Your little one’s experiencing a growth spurt—a rapid development in babies. If she’s crankier and hungrier than usual, that could be a sign she’s having one. Growth spurt isn’t only about the baby’s weight, rather, it concerns his or her overall development: from having the first tooth to learning to crawl or walk.
Babies experience their growth spurt mostly during their first year, with steady growth happening especially on the first few weeks. If you think your child’s experiencing a growth spurt, it’s best to keep these in mind.
#1 Remain hydrated
Babies who go through a growth spurt tend to eat more and become hungry more often. For breastfeeding mums, this means longer and more frequent breastfeeding sessions. Though you might have already been used to nursing, the increased sessions might be exhausting and draining for you. Staying hydrated is also important if you want to be able to produce more breast milk for your developing child.
#2 Don’t fight it
Some mums tend to fight it out and ignore the cues their little one is giving them. If your baby is hungry, take that as a cue to prepare food but make sure that you’re not overfeeding her. If she is upset, it may be because there’s a change in her sleeping pattern or a tooth is about to come out.
#3 Be patient
Your child is growing through a normal process and may also feel uncomfortable with it. You have to be extra patient when attending to her increasing needs. Console her by making the process less challenging: for babies having difficulty with a new sleeping pattern, try techniques such as playing soft music or humming.
#4 Take care of yourself
More than just attending to your child, you also have to continue taking care of yourself. Remember: to be able to give what your little one needs, you have to be capable or equipped yourself. Don’t forget to eat healthy food, get enough sleep, or squeeze in some workout so you feel energised for the long day.
#5 Seek support
Growth spurt also comes with behavioural changes, sometimes even making your baby crankier and more exhausted. Seek support from your partner or any close relative. As your child’s needs become more demanding at this stage, you will probably feel more tired than usual too because of lack of sleep or more effort needed to breastfeed her. Your support system can help take turns with you or share household tasks so you can focus on your child and still take your much-needed rest.