Growth Spurts in Infants and Newborns – Symptoms and Feeding

Babies have a lot of growth spurts. You will notice them when, after being on the same feeding schedule for two months, suddenly your baby cannot get enough to eat. If you are breastfeeding you may feel as if your baby wants to nurse 24/7. Bottle fed babies suck down the formula is if there was no tomorrow. Relax, this is normal!

Growth Spurts In Infants – When Does It Occur?

Babies can really have growth spurts at any time. They get about three times bigger than they were as a newborn by the time they hit their first birthday. The first one generally happens sometime the first month. Then again at about 6-8 weeks of age. The next three usually will happen at 3, 6 and 9 months.

What Happens During a Growth Spurt?

Baby can grow a lot in a growth spurt. Have you ever looked at a baby in your family and thought “just last week they were so small?” If so, you witnessed a growth spurt. Babies can literally grow out of their clothes overnight.

How Long Does a Growth Spurt Last?

A growth spurt tends to last just a few days each time. Although babies tend to have 5 growth spurts in the first year it is possible they can have more.

Growth Spurt Symptoms – How Will You Know Baby is Having a Growth Spurt?

There are several cues you will get to know that your baby is having a growth spurt. Your baby will want to eat all the time. If you are breastfeeding the baby will want to nurse a lot and it is a good idea to let your baby nurse as much as possible as, it will increase your milk production. Older babies will fill up more on jarred food and probably start reaching for your food!

Your Baby Will Be Awake More

Your baby will wake up more in the middle of the night because they will be hungry. They may nap less as well because they will want to eat more. Baby may get cranky because you are not getting his or her meals fast enough.

Growth Spurts and Breastfeeding

When you are breastfeeding, the growth spurts will affect you almost as much as your baby. Your baby may get cranky because your milk is not coming in fast enough for her. It is important that you take care of yourself. Drink lots of water since your baby will literally be sucking the liquids right out of you! Breastfeeding may get harder but keep at it. The growth spurt will be over before you know it.

Growth Spurts and Bottle Feeding

If your baby seems hungry after she has finished her bottle and normally does not, then there is a good chance she is on a growth spurt. It is okay to make a new bottle. Your baby needs her nourishment during a growth spurt and you will go back to the normal feeding schedule soon.

Enjoy your baby at each step of his or her development. You never know when a growth spurt will come along and take them to the next step.

Baby Acne Treatment and Baby Pimple Causes

how to treat baby acne

If you are a first time parent this may be the first time you are hearing that there is such a thing as baby acne or pimple. Baby acne is much shorter lived than adolescent acne and I promise it doesn’t mean you are about to birth a teenager! So what does baby acne look like? Why do babies get it? Can you prevent baby acne? How do you treat acne in babies?

how to treat baby acneWhat does baby acne look like?

Take a look at the baby acne picture above. Baby acne usually shows up during the first month although some babies can be born with it present. Baby acne is very small and consists of tiny red dots. Sometimes the dots can have white pustules. It can also cause the skin to be very red. It is usually on the face but sometimes can be on the back.

Is it normal?

It is completely normal. Most babies get baby acne and it does not mean that you are not washing baby’s face correctly. It is a normal part of your baby’s development.

What can make it worse?

It can get brighter red if baby is crying or the baby’s face gets dirty. Be sure to pat the baby’s skin dry after bath time, instead of rubbing, which can keep the spots from becoming irritated.

What are Milia?

You may also see tiny white dots. This is from dead skin cells getting trapped inside baby’s skin. This is called milia. These are not the same as baby acne but just as common and normal.

What causes baby acne? Why do babies get acne?

It is unclear why babies get acne. Some experts argue that it is caused from hormones baby’s body absorbs from the mother.

Can you prevent baby acne?

Baby acne cannot be prevented. Most babies will get it at some point. You can avoid skin care products for baby that are oily which may make it worse. Thankfully, baby acne will not cause scarring and when it is gone you will forget it was ever there.

How to treat Baby Acne?

Baby acne will usually go away by itself in a few weeks or so. If it lasts for six months or longer you can speak to your pediatrician about a prescription cream. Do not use adult acne treatment because it will hurt baby’s delicate soft skin.

What can I do to help?

Washing your babies face gently during bath time can help but do not scrub the spots. Most importantly, do not attempt to “pop” the acne. It will irritate the baby’s sweet face. Avoid using any oily products on baby’s face to keep their pores clear.

Additional Precautions

Investing in a free and clear baby detergent can keep clothes from irritating the skin. If baby gets milk on his or her face be sure to wipe it off quickly.

Just be patient it will go away and do not worry. It is not hurting baby in the slightest. Now go pick up your new bundle of joy and kiss their sweet face.

Why is My Baby Grunting?

If you have a newborn you are probably spending a great deal of time gazing in wonderment at your new precious gift. You marvel at their toes and count their little fingers. You stroke their tiny head and sing lullabies your mom once sang to you. You listen to every tiny coo, sigh and grunt. Grunt?! Yep, little babies like to grunt a lot.

So Why do Babies Grunt?

Babies tend to grunt due to things moving around in their tummies. Digestion is old school to mom and dad but for baby it’s a skill their little body has not quite mastered. They are new to the world of eating and as the milk moves through them they do some little grunts to help it move along.

What is Going on in their Tummies During Grunting?

When babies or anyone else need to have a bowel movement the stomach muscles are used to bear down. New babies though do not have developed ab muscles. They haven’t used them yet! So what they do use for bowel movement is their diaphragm. The diaphragm bumps into their tiny voice box when they are pushing and that is where the grunt comes from.

How Do I Know My Baby is Not Constipated?

Just because the baby is grunting that does not mean they are constipated. If a baby is constipated they will only have a bowel movement a couple times a week or less. Baby will lose their appetite and their little belly will be hard. Baby will squirm and cry out in pain and have tiny hard pellet like poop. With a normal poop baby can fuss and even turn red from straining but if it keeps happening and you aren’t finding a surprise in the diaper then there is a good chance it is constipation.

How Can I Help if it is Constipation?

There are several things you can do at home if baby is having an issue with constipation. A tried and true method to get baby to have a bowel movement is to take their temperature rectally. Sometimes the stimulation from the thermometer gets things moving. Be prepared though sometimes things get moving pretty quickly so keep your baby’s bottom covered. You can also try massaging baby’s anus softly and they may get things moving as well.

Should You Be Worried?

In most cases of grunting, there is nothing to be worried about but if your baby’s breathing and grunting seems to be tied together or your baby seems to be breathing hard or uneven, then you need to call the doctor. If the baby seems to be having trouble getting a breath, call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.

Baby grunting does not last long but enjoy it while you can. All of the baby’s tiny noises are gone much too quickly. As with every moment in your child’s life take the time to cherish it.

Baby Teething Guide – Signs of Teething, Teething Fever and Relief

When Do Babies Start Teething?

If your baby is suddenly drooling more than your pet, chewing on everything (including you) and being extremely fussy, it might be teething time. Teething time can be hard on baby. They can run a fever, it hurts their little gums and they can be very uneasy.

When Do Babies Start Teething?

Babies teeth at different times. The average time for baby to start teething is between 4 and 8 months. It can widely vary though, so don’t be worried if your baby doesn’t start right when you think she/he should. Your child will continue getting new teeth until she/he is about three years old.

There is a good chance you could experience a few months in between teething times. This is normal and does not mean your child is done teething. Your baby will eventually get all of her/his baby teeth in.

When Do Babies Start Teething?

How Do You Know Baby is Teething? Symptoms of Teething

Teething babies can show a myriad of symptoms. They tend to be fussy. They will start chewing on everything. Most likely your baby will be very irritable and can run a slight fever. If they have no other symptoms but a fever, it could be teething but call your doctor if it goes over 102 degrees. Your baby may also drool, a lot.

How Can You Help Baby Feel Better? Baby Teething Relief

There are several things you can do to help a teething baby. If your baby is nursing they may wish to nurse a bunch. If your baby is bottle fed, try a pacifier for the same relief. Rubbing the baby’s gums can help relieve the pain as well.

Should You Use a Teether?

Teethers can help, keeping the teether in the fridge will feel nice on baby’s sore gums. When my daughter was little she liked to chew on a toothbrush to help relieve her pain. Keep a teether with you wherever you go because you never know when the urge to bite could come out.

How to Keep Baby’s Teeth Clean?

Some dentists will not see your child until they are 3 although some start at age 1. You can buy special toothpaste for young kids that are not able to brush and spit but many parents (including myself) just use water for a year or two. When you brush their teeth use tap water. It has fluoride in it which can help the little girl/guy’s teeth develop strong.

Ways to Keep Baby’s Teeth Healthy

Try not to let your baby sleep all night with a bottle in their mouth, especially juice. When baby gets done with juice (and you are able to), go over their teeth with a wet toothbrush to keep the sugar from lingering on their teeth all day. Fluoride toothpaste, approved by the American Dental Association, is good for baby’s teeth. Some parents choose to wait until baby is 2 years old, before they use toothpaste.

Do not forget to take pictures of their adorable baby teeth! Your kids will love to see them one day when they are older and losing the very same teeth.

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How long do you swaddle a baby? Why swaddle a baby?

Swaddling a baby has been around since the beginning of time. Babies feel comforted when they are brand new if they are held tightly. Since you cannot always hold your baby every second of the day swaddling can help baby to stay calm and relaxed. Swaddling is best for new babies because once they get older you will need to watch out, an active baby does not like to be held down.

How Do You Swaddle a Baby?

Swaddling a baby does take some practice. You can do it any way that the blanket holds and the baby is wrapped up. I would suggest trying this well-known method.

Start with a square baby blanket and turn it on its side so you are starting with a diamond. Fold down the top corner. Now we do the first tuck.

Take baby’s right arm and place it flat next to her body. Take the blanket corner on your baby’s right side and fold it over the baby’s belly. Tuck it under his left arm (go under his back if needed) until it is snug. Make sure your baby can still move their hips around.

Now place baby’s left arm snug against his belly. Grab the bottom corner and over his left shoulder. If there is a little extra blanket you can tuck it under his left arm.

Now grab that right corner. Make sure it is somewhat taut and pull it around baby and tuck it in the back. Ta-da! Baby is swaddled!

Why Is Swaddling A Baby Beneficial?

Swaddling is good for about three months. It can help baby transition comfortably from inside you to outside you. If you swaddle the baby, there is a good chance baby will sleep longer. Some studies have shown that swaddling can help reduce the risk of SIDS those first few months. This is most likely due to the fact it helps keep baby from rolling over. It is best for baby to sleep on her back. Swaddling also helps baby feel warm and safe.

Are There Problems With Swaddling?

Studies have shown that swaddling has been linked to hip problems. Be sure to leave room for their hips to move about as I stated to avoid any possible issue. If baby seems to get too hot or unhappy when you swaddle then he probably is not a baby who will like swaddling and you should discontinue.

How to Stop Swaddling?

When you are ready to stop swaddling your baby or they are getting too big for it you should “wean” them away from it. You can tuck loosely for a few days until baby learns to sleep well without swaddling.

Words of Wisdom

When you swaddle a baby choose a thin blanket. A receiving blanket works well. A thick blanket would be too uncomfortable for baby and hard to lay them down! Avoid blankets with any border of lace or ribbon that could get into the baby’s face. It may take practice to learn to swaddle so do not give up.