It is not an illusion if you see your baby changes in size in a few days. It can be because of growth spurts. It is not a serious condition so you don’t have to worry about it. It is normal for babies to experience one.
What is growth spurts?
Growth spurts is a condition where your baby’s physical condition is growing in a short period of time. You can tell if her body is getting heavier and taller. And it happens all of a sudden.
Growth spurt usually happens during the first year of your baby life. It can start when she is 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or 6 weeks old. After that, your baby physical development will go back to its normal pace. However, it doesn’t happen one time. Prepare for it to come back when she is 3 or 6 months old.
Usually, your baby will experience growth spurt for just 1 or 2 days. But it can last longer until 1 week depending on your baby’s age and condition.
Signs of growth spurts
Of course, growth spurt doesn’t come without notification. There are signs that you can see on your baby when she is having one. Relax and don’t panic.
Hungry all the time
It is normal that your baby keeps demanding food. When her body grows bigger and bigger, she needs more nutrition that can help her support her development. And the only source that she can get if she is still breastfed, is breast milk.
If your baby usually consumes breast milk eight times a day, the amount can be up to 12-14 times a day during growth spurts. Besides the frequency of breastfeeding, the time can also change.
You don’t have to worry you will run out of breast milk. Normally, breast milk production depends on the needs of your baby. But it also depends on you as a mother. What you consume also determines the amount of breast milk.
If you use formula milk, one extra bottle a day is enough to fulfill her hungry body.
Sometimes your day can be more dramatic during growth spurts. Your baby can become more anxious and she wants to be with you all the time. She will cry when you put her to bed. Also, she will behave differently when faced with your breast, indicating that she is extremely hungry.
There is no scientific proof until now but she is hungry and exhausted because she uses so much energy to help her grow.
Sleeping all day long
One thing that you will notice is she will be sleeping. Like, a lot. A few days before the growth spurt attacks, your baby can look sleepy all the time. She will sleep more than her usual routine.
This is actually a good thing. Sleeping will help her brain produce human growth hormone (HGH), a hormone that stimulates the growth process.
How to deal with baby growth spurts
During growth spurts, what you have to do is just follow the game. Fulfill what she needs because she is in a condition that requires a larger amount of intake.
Another thing that you have to do is understand what she wants. It is useless when she needs more hugs but you give her milk instead.
Babies communicate through signs. You have to understand every move that she makes in order to give her the best treatment.
This may require your energy more. That is why you should take time to rest. When your baby is asleep, it is better for you to sleep as well. Drink enough water and consume nutritious food.
However, you have to be careful not overfeeding your baby. When you see the growth spurts ends, go back to your normal habits. Feed her according to what she needs. The most important thing is her healthy because sometimes, the more is not the merrier.