Signs of baby growth spurts
Not every baby will show obvious signs of growing, but hunger is a key indicator. Many mums describe feeds taking longer – or needing more formula – than usual to satisfy bub’s appetite.
Another sign is rapid jumps in weight. Sometimes, a baby can jump to a higher percentile in a matter of weeks, or outgrow a jumpsuit just as quickly.
Some more difficult to manage symptoms are changes in sleep and behaviour. Paediatric research shows that babies going through growth spurts may need more or less sleep than usual, and can become clingy, fussy and unsettled.
When do they happen?
While there’s no one-size-fits-all chart of development, some experts believe most babies go through growth spurts at or near the following ages:
- Two weeks
- Three weeks
- Six weeks
- Three months
- Six months
How long do growth spurts last?
Every baby’s pattern of growth is different, but parents and paediatricians believe they can last anywhere from 1-2 days to one week.
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