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The growth spurts - 8 jumps at a glance

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What happens when there is a growth spurt?

Babies go through an amazing development in the first 14 months - a new growth spurt almost every month. A baby's growth spurt is a phase in which the child makes a leap in its development. This so-called growth spurt does not mean that your baby is growing faster all of a sudden - although it will also gain weight, body length and head circumference. It's more of a leap in development in the brain. The child acquires new skills in perception, gets to know and control his body better (motor development) and refines and improves his sensory organs.

Signs of a growth spurt

These new skills influence the baby's entire behavior and can also be a burden on the little body. Exhausting and tearful phases are usually the first signs of such a surge.
More signs can be:

  • The baby is sleeping less or bad and seems restless. Or, on the contrary, it suddenly sleeps more.
  • The baby is more affectionate and wants to be carried around all day. If you want to put it down, it will complain and cry.
  • The baby makes a fuss about changing diapers.
  • His Mood can suddenly switch from whining to happy and vice versa.
  • It has more hunger or can also be without appetite.
  • The baby sucks the thumb more often or needs the pacifier.
  • Many a baby strangers very, suddenly afraid of familiar noises or faces. It is, so to speak, frightened of its new abilities and perceptions and clings to the most trusted caregiver.

Of course, all of this can also have other reasons or can be explained by a new tooth. If you are unsure, there is no harm in contacting your pediatrician.

What does our baby need now?

React to this phase as best you can Affection and Proximity, even if it can be quite exhausting. This gives the baby a sense of security. It can get involved with the "new" and use the new skills for itself without fear.

However, that's not quite enough: it also takes more food. It is therefore not without good reason that growth spurts are often equated with eating spurts. Breastfeeding infants want to breast much more often during a growth spurt, sometimes up to 18 times in 24 hours. You are very restless and you can hardly get enough of it. Put on frequently and lengthen your breastfeeding times a little, this also gives you a calming extra dose of security during body contact. Above all, however, milk production is increased. This can take a few days and does not have to be a reason to stop breastfeeding or to give a bottle.

When do we have to expect a boost in development?

There are eight growth spurts in the first 14 months, each lasting about a week, rarely longer. Before and after, there are relaxed phases in which the baby uses and refines the newly learned skills. You can support it in this phase with toys or simple everyday materials that promote the new skills.

The timing of children born on time is fairly uniform and obviously has a lot to do with the growth of nerves in the brain. In the case of premature infants or transferred children, the times are shifted backwards or forwards accordingly. For example, if the child was born four weeks prematurely, it does not have the first growth spurt in the fifth but only in the ninth week of life. If the child was born one week after the calculated due date, the first attack can occur as early as four weeks.

Overview of the 1st to 4th growth spurt

1st thrust 2nd thrust 3rd thrust 4th thrust  
week Week 5 Week 8 Week 12 Week 19  
development Attention, interest Senses mature, hearing, seeing, touching Purposeful movements, social behavior, voice Body growth, oral phase  
news First smile Color vision Screeches, voice training, sees movement puts everything in the mouth, learns the sequence of events, turns  
behavior Weepy, more appetite, more body contact Stranger, suckle More appetite Constant hunger, restless nights  
What helps? Frequent breastfeeding, wearing, physical proximity Mobiles, singing, baby massage More frequent breastfeeding, introduce rituals Patience, security  

An overview of the 5th to 8th growth spurt

5th thrust 6th thrust 7th thrust 8th thrust  
week Week 26 Week 37 Week 47 Week 55  
development Feelings, connections, language Movement, understanding of categories Sitting, fine motor skills, language, curiosity Defiant phase, personality  
news different emotions, babbles first words, will awakens, crawls, eats with a spoon experiments, play instinct Run, assert will, eat alone  
behavior dissatisfied, affectionate, eager to try things out, tests cause and effect enterprising, more appetite babyish tantrums moody, poor sleep  
What helps? Baby sling, child-safe environment Set limits, selected toys Let them discover, play, secure stairs Patience, setting limits, “no” in upbringing  

First growth spurt - 5th week of life

During the first growth spurt, your baby begins to see his surroundings more intense perceivableen. It can see and hear much better. And smell it! Many mothers and fathers now have the feeling that their baby recognizes them by the smell.

Second growth spurt - 8th week of life

Just three weeks after the first growth spurt, the baby will experience the next! Well they are Senses, i.e. eyes, ears, mouth and nose, as well as the hands (sense of touch) in turn.

Third growth spurt - 12th week of life

That is also developing slowly Social behavior. Your baby may already be reacting to your moods. You can now establish fixed rituals at fixed times. They serve as orientation points for the baby and give him security.

Fourth growth spurt - 19th week of life

A pretty big leap from a helpless little baby to a "felt" toddler is now imminent. During this time, the baby grows a lot. Your baby is now also in the oral phase and would like to grab things with his hands and put them in his mouth in order to be able to examine them.

Fifth growth spurt - 26th week of life

This surge often does not last as long as the previous one, but it is very interesting in terms of physical development. Many children do it first after this surge Turning and crawling attempts. The baby now also begins to talk and babble.

Sixth growth spurt - 37th week of life

This boost is crucial for that Movement coordination Of your child. During this time, your baby will often turn on its tummy and begin bobbing. The legs are brought into position, your baby wants to crawl.

Seventh growth spurt - 47th week of life

Now your baby may have small tantrums. Often that is now too first word said. When the baby says mom or dad, this is the best moment in the first year of life for many parents.

Eighth growth spurt - 55th week of life

When the eighth and final growth spurt comes, your baby is already one year old and is in the transition from baby to toddler. Your baby is now doing his first attempts at walking. It can also be particularly moody during this push.

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Milestones | 27.09.2019

In 2013, the Milestones project was started at the State Institute for Early Education (IFP) in Munich. The study examined the movement development of 2500 infants and toddlers in the first two years of life using 18 milestones, e.g. lifting the head, turning around, grasping, sitting, crawling or running. It was found that babies with older siblings start walking a little earlier. Birth weight also has an influence: the higher, the faster it could lift its head and hold it on its forearms for three seconds. On the other hand, a higher birth weight has a more adverse effect on the seal: the heavier, the later. Gender also plays a role, but only when sitting. Here girls have an average of one month ahead of boys. Interestingly, it turned out that all kinds of support measures by parents, such as special baby courses, do not affect the speed of motor development. “That means that motor development seems to be largely genetically determined, at least in babyhood,” the researchers conclude Seesaw or baby seat. "

Last update: 08-03-21, BH / JL