There are some good days and there are bad days, but I always get through it!
So, Growth Spurts! What even are they?
Growth spurts are a period of time during you babies life where they have a sudden growth they have that happens quite rapidly. When they go through it they tend to be more fussy and irritable, they go through it from as early as 7 days and can last up to two weeks. Some babies tend to eat more during a growth spurt as other babies do not want to eat as much
The first year of a baby’s life, they go through many stages but it’s just knowing how to handle these stages and being aware of how a baby will react to it. The growth spurts happen around 1 week, 3 weeks, 5 weeks, 3 months, 4 months 6 and 9 months, give and taken a week either side.
The first few months from Kairos birth was amazing! But at the same time, it was hard work. He went through a lot of growth spurts. The first growth spurt Kairo had was around 1 to 2 weeks old, I didn’t understand really what was going on as he was being really fussy and irritable, clinging on to my breast constantly (I was breastfeeding at the time) as if he was always hungry. Going through this especially so early made me think that I was doing something wrong, maybe I wasn’t producing enough milk? Or maybe he wasn’t latching right? Many thoughts went through my mind and that’s why I decided to start mixing his feeds with formula. If I knew back then what I knew now then I don’t think I would of started mixing as I would of told myself “it is only for a period of time”.
The next growth spurt Kairo went through was around a month, I noticed he was really clingy as would only sleep if I was next to him or he had that feeling of being cuddled, so that’s when I decided to use the mat he would sleep on in my bed that was a bunny to put in his cot, luckily this was a life saver and he would actually sleep longer period of times as long as he had that feeling of being cuddled. When he was awake I would constantly have to hold him as he would not allow me to put him down. Around this time, I was still learning so I wasn’t sure how to handle it and I didn’t even realise it was a growth spurt he was going through.
At 7 weeks Kairo then went through another growth spurt luckily by now I had already sleep trained him, so the sleeping wasn’t really a problem at this stage even though he would wake up once every few days fussing but I would hush him back to sleep. The problem at this time occurred with his feeding as I noticed he was not feeding as much he would usually have 6 ounces every 4 hours but during his growth spurt he would have as little as 4 ounces! Some babies tend to feed more during their growth spurts around now but with Kairo he hardly wanted to eat. At this point I still didn’t understand what was going on or understand it was a growth spurt!
By 3 months I was more use to looking after Kairo and being with him, learning his behaviour and reactions to certain things. When he went through his next growth spurt at 3 months he did the same thing as what he did at 7 weeks, not eating much and having as little as 4 to 5 ounces. I started to think that maybe this is something that babies go through as he does it quite often, but it never lasts long! This helped me to get through it and not want to pull my hair out while going through it!
The last growth spurt Kairo went through was around 4 months, by this one I realised what it is he was actually going through, it was a growth spurt this whole time! this explains why Kairo didn’t want to feed as much and was more fussy and irritable. Now that I know and understand that it is a growth spurt and how they react to it, it helps me to have a better insight of everything that is going on with Kairo
Having a baby is not easy but its knowing how to go through it and having the insights of how a baby reacts to them. You have different reactions from every baby when going through a growth spurt but the more you learn about it and hear other experiences from mummy’s it will help you to get through it.
What ages did your baby go through growth spurts now looking back on it?