What Are the Signs of a Growth Spurt?

Some typical signs of a baby's growth spurt include longer sleep sessions and naps and an eager appetite, which usually prompts more feedings during the day and through the night. Excessive fussiness is also a sign of a growth spurt as a baby develops, with more cuddling and nurturing often required to soothe the child.

When going through a growth spurt, some babies sleep less than normal or wake up more times throughout the night. A baby may need an extra feeding due to the restlessness provoked by the growth spurt, or she may want to be cuddled due to hunger pains, which can cause cranky crying. A baby experiencing a growth spurt may appear to be hungry and reach for a bottle or want to be breastfed, only to become fussy before the feeding is over.

Parents should keep an eye on bowel movements and weight gain during this time to avoid overfeeding a baby even when she's going through a growth spurt. Any concerns should be reported to a pediatrician, especially if the child can't be soothed and her cries are uncontrollable. Growth spurts typically last a few days and occur up to five times within the child's first year.