How often do babies thrive - and when?

In the first 14 months, babies experience about 8 growth spurts, each lasting about a week. The chronology is fairly consistent among most of the on-time born children, apparently significantly involved in nerve growth in the brain.

In premature babies, the time points move backwards accordingly (for example, 4 weeks behind, if the child was born 4 weeks early), in late-borns forward. The first growth spurt takes place around the 5th week of life, with further jumps is expected around the 8th and 12th week and in the 5th month, in the 6th month, in the 8th month, in the 11th and 13th month.

Baby growth stages

Growth spurts: changes in the baby

5th week

  • needs more body contact, cries, is difficult to comfort, would like more often to the chest
  • overall he is more alert, shows more interest in his surroundings, stays awake, more active
  • looks at something more often and longer and listens more frequently and attentively
  • more responsive to touch and odors
  • first conscious smile, more often joyful sounds
  • first (or more often) tears when crying
  • breathes more regularly, is frightened and trembling less
  • swallowed less, spits less and has less problems with the "peasant"

 

8th week

  • new world of experience through diverse sensory impressions (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling)
  • is confused, has to process changes
  • wants to go back to the mother's arm, clinging stronger
  • screams more, eats worse, strangles more often, sleeps worse, more often sucks on the thumb or pacifier
  • wants to be employed more often
  • Duration of the phase: a few days to 2 weeks

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12th week

  • World is changing again
  • now learn things that it could not learn before, needs more employment
  • always want to know what mom is doing and if possible on her arm (no spoiling!)

 

19th week

  • will already be around the 14.-17. Week restless
  • is getting more and more curious about his environment, doing new things, taking everything in his mouth
  • cries more often, has changing moods, wants more attention
  • Head needs to be supported more often; expects permanent body contact, even when feeding
  • sleeps and eats worse, strangles more often, is quieter, moves less, more often sucks on the thumb or pacifier
  • Duration: 5 weeks (1-6 weeks), difficult phases take longer now.

 

26th week

  • is already around the 23rd week restless and difficult
  • screams more, is more often annoying, gruff and sullen
  • wants to get busy and does not want the body contact to break off
  • sleeps and eats worse, does not want to be wrapped, alienates, makes less noise, moves less, takes more often for his cuddly toy and often sucks on the thumb or pacifier
  • Duration: 4 weeks (1-5 weeks)

 

37th week

  • is disgruntled, nagging, whining, cries more often
  • Sudden change of mood from whiny to happy and vice versa, on the one hand is "exaggerated" sweet and on the other hand gets tantrums more often
  • wants to be more busy and "hangs on the top of the skirt", alienates more often, protests at abort of body contact
  • sleeps worse, often has bad dreams
  • Eats worse, chats less, moves less, sometimes sits still and dreams, does not want to be wrapped, often sucks on the thumb or pacifier and needs his cuddly toy

 

46th week

  • cries more often, is moody, nagging and whining
  • Change of mood from cheerful to whiny, is "exaggerated" sweet or "exaggerated" cheeky
  • wants to be more busy, wants to be close to the caregiver
  • gets tantrums more often, is jealous, alienates, protests when breaking off body contact
  • Eats worse, speaks less, moves less, sometimes sits still and dreams, does not want to be wrapped, often sucks on the thumb or pacifier and needs his cuddly toy

 

55th week

  • is disgruntled, nagging, whining and cries more often
  • Sudden change of mood from whiny to happy and vice versa
  • wants to be more busy and "hangs on the top of the skirt"
  • is "exaggerated" sweet, but often gets tantrums
  • strangles more often and protests at termination of body contact
  • sleeps worse, often has bad dreams
  • eats worse, chats less, moves less, sometimes sits still and dreams, does not want to be wrapped, often sucks on the thumb or pacifier, needs his cuddly toy

What you can see all this well: In between your baby's bad mood need not have anything to do with an approaching infection. It can also be a growth spurt.

Author: Dr. Hubertus Glaser

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