“My newborn baby was sleeping so well…what happened??”
Sound familiar? We hear this all. the. time. Our answers vary, depending on the unique baby in question. In our experience, the answer can be anything from teething to illness to temperament to the birth of a new sibling to a nap transition.
But often, our answer is – sleep regression.
Common Sleep Regressions
Generally, we offer up a diagnosis of sleep regression for babies and toddlers who are the following ages:
4 months (read about the 4 month sleep regression)
8-10 months (read about the 8/9/10 month regression)
12 months (read about the 12 month sleep regression)
18 months (read about the 18 month sleep regression)
2 years (read about the 2 year sleep regression)
6 Week Sleep Problems
But recently, we’ve been hearing more and more from parents about their 6-week old babies going through what seems like a sleep regression. Their baby was sleeping pretty well (for a newborn, anyway).
But, around 6 weeks old, mom and dad are up every hour and the baby is feeding constantly…what gives?
Is this a 6-week sleep regression, or is it something else?
Sleep Regression Signs and Symptoms
First, let’s start with the definition of ‘sleep regression’. Remember, a sleep regression generally describes a phase or season in which a baby who normally sleeps well suddenly starts waking more often at night and refusing naps (or taking very short naps) – for no apparent reason at all.
Common signs of a sleep regression include:
Increased fussiness and crying (aka major crankiness!)
Increased night waking and/or shortened or missed naps
Changes in appetite
Extra clinginess and a need for more cuddle time
6 Week Sleep Regression, or 6 Week Growth Spurt?
If your 6-week old baby is currently struggling to sleep well, you may be looking at that list and nodding your head – it may be that your baby has all those symptoms!
But here’s the thing to remember – most babies also go through a pretty pronounced growth spurt at 6 weeks, too. And, that growth spurt will likely have your baby waking more often, and seeming to be fussier than usual, simply because your baby will be hungrier than usual, and will need more feedings.
So which is it? Sleep regression, or growth spurt?
Both, actually – it’s a double whammy!
In addition to a short, 2-3 day (or perhaps 1 week) growth spurt at 6 weeks, most babies also experience something that Dr. Weissbluth calls “the peak of fussiness”. By 6 weeks of age, most babies are growing out of their drowsy newborn state, and are starting to perk up and notice the world. And that world is quite overwhelming for them – so many sights and sounds and smells! What’s more, all that observing can really wear a baby out, causing overtiredness and increased fussiness.
If your 6 week old is struggling with sleep, it’s most likely due to this one-two punch – the 6 week growth spurt AND that 6 week “peak of fussiness.” (Of course, you’ll want to rule out illness or another source of discomfort first, if your baby is extra-fussy around 6 weeks. )
6 Week Sleep Regression – How Long Will It Last?
Take comfort in the fact that this phase won’t last long – the growth spurt will last just a few days, and even the “peak of fussiness” will last about a week or so and then gradually improve. It’s not nearly as long as a regular sleep regression.
Once this phase passes, you should see your baby’s sleep improve again (that is, until the 4 month sleep regression hits!).
Nicole’s Note “I remember when my first son was about 6 weeks old. We were losing it with his fussiness! I was juuuust about to cut dairy from my diet, just in case it was that, when I let Weissbluth’s words ring in my head that fussiness peaks at 6 weeks. For us, it was SO true! It slowly started to get better at 7 weeks and beyond. I’m so glad I didn’t cut out dairy unnecessarily since I didn’t think life would be as good without cheese. However, ironically, when I turned 38, I became lactose intolerant anyway! Strange, but true. So, I am dairy-free now, but now it’s to avoid really bad stomach pain, which is actually far worse than my son’s fussiness was. :)”
6 Week Old Baby Sleep Tips
When it comes to soothing your baby during the 6 week baby growth spurt, you’ll want to stick with gentle techniques – your 6 week old baby is still a newborn, after all!
For more help with your 6-week-old, you may be interested in these resources:
Essential Keys To Your Newborn’s Sleep
10 Tips to Help Your Newborn Sleep
How to Get Your 5, 6, or 7 Week Old to Sleep
5 Reasons Your Baby Won’t Nap
6 Week Old Baby Sleep Resources and Personalized Help
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Your baby: 6 weeks old
Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds this week! But they also might be experiencing PURPLE crying, colic or reflux. Learn all about your 6-week-old.
There are so many milestones this week, from your postpartum health check-up to some of baby’s first facial expressions. Two possible green lights: one for sex and one for pumping breastmilk. Sorry, did grouping those activities together kill the mood? Or was the mood already a bit limp given your exhaustion, lingering soreness and spurting breasts? For all the six-weeks-and-sex talk that surrounds this week, the real world is way more variable, and honest conversations with your healthcare provider and partner about how you’re feeling should top your to-do list. But it’s not all serious this week: Your baby is starting to smile, react with delight at your arrival and coo in earnest, which are wonderful rewards for six weeks of sleep deprivation since that momentous day. It’s a big week for both of you!
6-week-old development & milestones6-week growth spurt and pumping plans
Your baby may be about to embark on a growth spurt this week, and that could mean a fussy period and incessant demands to be fed. Of course, it’s just when you thought you’d figured out a feeding routine. If you’re nursing, offer your baby the breast as often as they want since the demand from your baby will increase your supply in turn. And, though some moms may have been pumping milk (or supplementing with formula) for weeks, many lactation experts feel that it’s wise to wait until the six-week mark (if there are no issues with nursing) to introduce pumping and bottle-feeding expressed milk.
Breastfeeding and pumping: 8 tried and true tips
Pumping between nursing sessions is also a good way to boost your supply to cope with that growth spurt, even if it seems like the last thing you want to do. If you plan to breastfeed for the long haul, you may soon want the flexibility to pump milk to boost your freedom and make it possible to leave your baby for more than a couple of hours at a time. If so, now is the time to invest in a high-quality breast pump and a hands-free pumping bra. Both items are unbelievably weird contraptions to outsiders, but they can be life-changing for nursing moms. And if your breasts leak regularly, you may be able to save enough milk to avoid pumping altogether with these genius “milk savers.”
Aside from feeding more often, your baby is growing by leaps and bounds this week. Your baby’s hearing is fully developed now, and they can remember you when you are separated, which means that now—or soon—you’ll get gurgles, wiggles and coos when you return. While all milestones are approximate and vary by several weeks, most babies gain more neck control by week six, learning to turn their heads to follow you or find a nipple and lifting their heads during tummy time. The wiggles will also accelerate as your baby works to figure out how to fire up their arms and legs and aim their fists and feet to best effect. Your baby’s focus and attention span are also growing, so giving them plenty to look at, listen to and feel will help them stay interested. They will also show you a few new tricks, including those long-awaited smiles and giggles. The coming weeks are magical for all those firsts!
Colic, “happy spitting” or reflux?
7 things not to say to the parents of a colicky baby
By week six, you may be coming to terms with recurring problems, from reflux to colic to worries over your milk supply. Infancy is rarely smooth sailing, so remember that when you compare notes. Every baby is good at some things and fussy about others, and this parenting thing is a roller coaster! With both reflux and colic, your baby will have similar symptoms to many other infants, only more acute. Listen to your intuition and follow up with your baby’s doctor if you sense that a small problem has become a big one.
Spit-up is a fact of life for many infants, and it may be little more than a laundry problem, no matter what well-meaning people may tell you. But if your baby seems to be in pain, has forceful vomiting, isn’t gaining weight or has trouble breathing, it may be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Read more about reflux symptoms and remedies here.
One-month-old baby feeding and sleep schedule
While there are treatments for reflux, colic isn’t as clear-cut (to the dismay of any parent of a baby who cries inconsolably for hours and hours) and it peaks at this age. There are no definitive causes or remedies for this condition, which makes babies wail and drives parents to frustration and despair, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek help from your baby’s doctor or your own healthcare provider for the horrors of colic. Talking to other moms who have dealt with colic can also help, if for no other reason than to be reassured that it eventually passes. A trick that worked to soothe one baby may be the one that works for yours. Read more about the possible causes and ways to help your baby through it.
What the heck is PURPLE crying?
While colic is the time-tested word that parents and doctors alike use, others talk about a Period of PURPLE Crying: a normal developmental phase where your baby cries inconsolably and seems impossible to soothe for reasons you can’t discern. PURPLE crying isn’t about the colour your baby turns when they’re wailing (though it may get close at times) but an acronym to describe this very challenging stage of your baby’s development. If you have an inconsolable baby and are wondering about colic, reading about this concept to describe the phase may provide a new perspective.
Sleeping through the night? Yeah, right
Eating and sleeping habits are always evolving, so just when you think your baby has figured one thing out, a new issue may crop up. Your breastfed baby may have stretched out their feeding sessions to every four hours by now and suddenly be demanding to be fed every hour again. Formula-fed babies may also be wanting more this week—all part of a normal growth spurt that often hits at this time.
As for sleeping, there is a wide range of normal, including those mythical babies who are already sleeping “through the night”— our bar for “through the night” has been lowered dramatically since baby’s birth to simply mean “five or six hours at once. ” Other babies are still struggling to perfect their circadian rhythms, to put it mildly.
Your life after baby6-week postpartum check-up
This doctor or midwife visit is one that many moms have been waiting for, both for reassurance that you’ve healed normally and for clearance to return to normal activities, such as sex and exercise. It’s a good idea to bring a list of questions to ask, and don’t be shy about taking notes or asking the same question more than once if you’re not quite sure about the answer. Sleep deprivation means that you may not be as clear-headed as you’d like, you may be distracted by having your baby along for the check-up and you may forget all the things that you’ve been wondering about. Here’s what to expect at the check-up.
Pelvic floor physio
Why French women don’t pee their pants when they laugh and you doSix weeks is when you need to think about starting pelvic floor physiotherapy. There are already apps (and video games!) out there to help you with this task, but one-on-one therapy is a good idea for many new moms. You can read more, including what to expect at your first pelvic floor therapy appointment.
Sex after baby
If your six-week appointment gave you the all-clear for sex, you may be ready for fun in the bedroom—or maybe you’re not! Never mind the exhaustion and distraction of a new baby, but the fear of painful sex can make this one of the hardest milestones. Here’s how to cope.
Stuff no one tells youIs “breastsleeping” best?
Many parents have given up on their plans for strict night-time routines at this point and may be considering “breastsleeping,” a version of co-sleeping that seeks to find a safe balance for mom and baby to get as much rest as possible. While the Canadian Paediatric Society continues to take a hard line against any form of co-sleeping, some breastfeeding and attachment-parenting advocates believe that bed-sharing with your baby can be safe. Precautions are a must, including putting your baby on their back to sleep, ensuring that no other children are in the bed and removing all blankets and pillows.
Does your baby hiccup a lot?
You’re bound to have witnessed a case of baby hiccups by now! Adorable or concerning? Here’s how to get rid of hiccups and prevent them.
Just for funEasy workout routine
Now that you got the go-ahead to start exercising, do you have, like, 15 minutes? Here are four easy yoga poses to boost your mind and body instead of scrolling through your Instagram account again.
yoga poses to do from home
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Finding relief in the weirdest places
If you’re feeling overwhelmed in the first several weeks of motherhood, we get you—we’ve been there. Sometimes it helps to share the oddest things that bring you comfort, like this mom’s hysterical iPhone autocorrect.
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Growth Hurses in infants - Article “Babysleep” About Growth Randies in babies
Development of a child
Tatyana Chkhikvishvili 9000 Head of online programs, psychologist, sleep and breastfeeding consultant
Mom of two children
Around the 5th week of life, a maturation jump occurs. Tears appear, the child stays awake longer, sees better, is more interested in the outside world. The sense organs develop rapidly. But the baby's brain is not yet able to process all the new impressions.
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Growth spurts in babies
Growth spurts in babies are natural stages of development. The development of children is always in leaps and bounds. Suddenly, the baby learns to do something new, which he could not do a couple of days ago.
Then there is a pause in development, and another leap follows. Each jump is a difficult period for the baby. After all, he has to adapt to new sensations, new impressions, get used to them. Many children worry about change.
This is a difficult time for adults too. To calm down, kids need time and the help of caring parents. With each growth spurt in babies, the need to be as close to mom as possible increases dramatically.
How to recognize?
The first developmental leap in newborns occurs at the end of the first month of life. This is both a growth spurt (the child's body is developing rapidly), and a leap in the development of the senses. The baby begins to notice that something is happening around him, changing. But the development of the sense organs does not mean an increase in the ability to process new sensations. As a result, the baby is scared and alarmed by what is happening.
He instinctively seeks protection from his mother. And since the baby still cannot express his feelings in words or stretch out his arms to his mother, he uses the method available to him - he screams.
During this period, the baby sleeps worse, especially alone in the crib. Or lies quietly only on the stomach of one of the parents, although he did not like it before. He often requires the breast in search of solace. With all his appearance, the baby lets you know that he needs you and maximum comfort.
What to do?
First of all, there is no need to be afraid of leaps in development. You may think that the baby is hungry and you don't have enough milk. Or that his tummy hurts. You'll probably want to take it to the doctor just in case, as many parents do. But in fact, right now, the baby most of all needs your closeness. She calms him down and gives him a sense of security.
How to help your child calm down during a crisis:
Carry your baby in your arms : your voice, smell, rhythmic movements, warmth - everything matters.
Continue breastfeeding even if you don't feel like you have enough milk.
Calm baby : hold him close to you, hand holding his head, lying in the crook of the elbow. So he will hear your heartbeat. Walk with him in this position, sing a song, shake, stroke, clap.
How can I help my baby fall asleep?
You need little tricks to lull your baby to sleep. The easiest way for a baby to fall asleep is during feedings, in a sling or stroller, and on a car trip, which sometimes works wonders. The baby calms down and falls asleep when he gets what he wants - food, warmth, rhythmic swaying and touching your body.
What sleeping position was recommended for your baby in the maternity hospital?
(you can choose one or more options)
on the side
on the back
on the stomach
by a half -sided
How the baby
will change your child with each tall of growth. acquires something new - the development of new skills and reactions. Now he has tears when he gets upset. At the same time, he now breathes more evenly, less frightened and startled. He has almost no pain in his tummy.
The child stays awake longer and is more interested in the outside world. It focuses the eyes to a greater distance (but no further than 30 cm) and requires new experiences.
What to do
Growth spurts in babies are stressful for both parents and babies.
Give your child maximum attention and affection . Hug him, pet him, talk, sing lullabies. Close physical and emotional contact is the solution to many problems;
Watch baby : find out what he likes and let him enjoy it - look at some object for a long time, lie down and feel your gentle strokes. It can be a pleasant sound, a smell, a place in the house where he is comfortable. He will answer you with a smile if you find something that fascinates him.
Small children are very sensitive to sounds : buzzing, whistling, hissing. And the mother's voice is the most interesting and pleasant. Talk to the baby. Sit with him in a comfortable chair, your face in front of his, tell him about your plans for the day, about how you waited for his birth and how he first got home - about anything. And be sure to respond to his cooing and smiling. But do not overwork the child. Stop as soon as the baby loses interest. Now he gets tired quickly.
Completion of the growth spurt
The child is 1.5 months old. He becomes more cheerful, more cheerful. He listens more, many mothers say that the look of the kids becomes "clearer." He can already show you what he likes and what he doesn't. And your communication will develop more interesting and easier. Until the next age jump, for which you will already be partially ready.
Share in the comments: what changes in the child's behavior did you notice for a month and a half? How did your little one experience their first developmental leap and what did they learn during this period?
The typical school-age child grows about 5 cm each year. During puberty, this figure reaches 10 cm. But in the first 12 months of his life, the child grows simply colossally quickly - by about 25 cm.
Even during this busy growing season, some children experience short bursts of weight gain and growth. Each child is individual, so it is impossible to say whether he will have growth spurts. But you need to keep your ears open and your nose to the wind.
photo Nurturey Blog
Frequency of growth spurts
Lee Ann O'Connor, a certified lactation consultant in private practice in New York, says she typically sees growth spurts at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. The last rapid jump, as a rule, occurs at about 9th month of life. However, the most accurate indicator is the behavior of your children. So what do you need to pay attention to?
Up to a year, the child is rapidly gaining weight / photo Tesco Baby Club
Signs of growth spurts
1. The child is constantly hungry
It seems that you have already established a feeding schedule, and the child begins to want to eat . .. around the clock. Babies can go to such a marathon for 3-4 days. And every time the mixture in the bottle runs out, the baby begins to scream furiously, demanding an additional "ration". Only feeding on demand can save you. All the calories that the child consumes during this period go to creating reserves of fat cells, building muscle mass and changing the structure of bone tissue.
2. Changing sleep patterns
Some parents report that their children sleep more during growth spurts. Others claim that children sleep much less during such periods. Be that as it may, sleep plays a vital role in the production of growth hormone. So let nature take its toll, turning a slumbering baby into someone you'll never be able to practically hold in your hands again.
3. The child becomes more moody
By the way, this may be a side effect of the two previous signs of rapid growth: a hungry or tired child, as a rule, will not be silent, but will declare it as loudly as an ambulance rushing to a call ". In addition, in the event of a significant growth spurt in children, the tendons and muscles are stretched, which can cause pain. Minor, but still pain.
4. Baby learns new skills
Of course, don't associate your baby's newfound ability to clap or grab a toy with a growth spurt. But we should not forget that the child's brain grows and develops along with the rest of the body.
5. The size of the legs and fives
Often it is the size of the legs and arms that is one of the first signs of a growth spurt. When you see that his pants have suddenly become too short, the cuffs of his shirts have begun to pull up to his elbows, and the child can no longer squeeze into his shoes, be sure that your baby is having a growth spurt. In addition, attention should be paid to too narrow joints (knees, elbows and shoulders), which make the child awkward and ridiculous. You will notice that boys have widened shoulders, while girls have widened hips. Boiling hormones can speed up hair growth, change your voice, and trigger acne and new body odor.
Another important point. Growth spurts are very easy to confuse with other problems. For example, a child who is too sleepy or cranky may simply be sick, while constant hunger may indicate that he simply does not have enough breast milk.
photo Mama Natural
Why is it so important to properly feed children during growth spurts
You realized that your child was having a growth spurt because you began to catch him more and more often doing his favorite activity during this period - "digging" in the refrigerator. In the first year of life, the child grows by 25 cm and triples its weight. Bones, muscles, tendons, joints, skin, hair and internal organs are all formed from the nutrients a child consumes. That is why it is important to feed children not only enough, but also correctly. The US Department of Health has called osteoporosis a "pediatric disease with geriatric consequences" because bone mass gained during childhood and adolescence is an important determinant of lifetime skeletal health. So everything is laid down in childhood, including diseases from which we may suffer later.
For proper nutrition, remember that protein is the basic building block of all tissues such as muscles, bones, heart, lungs, skin and hair. A teenager needs about 1 g of protein per 1 kg of body weight. Getting more protein will not necessarily increase growth, and eating too much can have negative health effects. Bones are made up of the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium, as well as vitamins D and K.
Proper nutrition is the key to health / photo Vision Smart Center
Growing children also need complex carbohydrates from vegetables and whole grains, which are a source of glycogen, which is the main source of energy for muscles. And the latter will definitely undergo overload during classes at school, at sports sections and walks. At the same time, our body is able to store a strictly defined amount of glycogen, so the kids must constantly replenish its reserves.
And how to feed a child who prefers sweets and “empty” pasta with all this usefulness?
Healthy food should be as accessible as possible. Enough so that the kids can grab it and run outside again. Since the process of hydration, which is responsible for the accumulation of carbohydrates and glucose in cells, is vital, keep a jug of fresh water at room temperature on the table. Nutrient sources such as sweet potato, pumpkin, brown rice, quinoa, polenta, whole wheat pasta, corn, etc. should be on your dinner table. Follow your meal schedule. Snacking on the fly is no substitute for a full meal. While the child is busy (doing homework), put a plate of fruits, vegetables or crackers in front of him. But such a snack should not sabotage the main meal. Use the 90:10 formula, where 90 is the percentage of healthy foods, and 10 is the amount of sweets and treats. They say that all the joys of life can be contained in one smile of a child.