The baby’s development is happening in stages, which correspond to periods of growth and life in general. Each of these phases has its own characteristics and rhythms.
In the so-called early childhood period (from birth to 2 years of age) the biggest and fastest changes in the child’s development take place. At birth, the baby is totally dependent, but at the end of his first year of life, he already takes his first steps and acquires mobility and handling skills that allow him to explore the environment.
Gradually, the rhythms of sleep, feeding, and excretion also become established. The same happens with the acquisition of language, which begins with sound exchanges and evolves until the child can speak.
Peaks in baby development
For babies, the first year of life is a whirlwind of new discoveries and, therefore, of neurological maturation. In this phase, we witness the so-called peaks of development, which are phases of life in which there is a more intense and accelerated acquisition of one or more abilities. It assimilates a situation and may go into unbalance until it is able to adapt to the new changes.
In general, these moments are accompanied by changes in sleep, appetite and behaviour, such as a greater need for breast-feeding and collaring to make him feel safe. This period is uncertain and can be days or weeks. However, it is important to keep in mind that by the end of this period your baby will have learned new things, such as to smile, sit or crawl.
In addition, baby will also experience so-called growth peaks, which are characterized by faster physical growth at certain periods, as if they were small strains of weight and stature. In these phases, the baby may also present changes in sleep and appetite.
It is important to follow up regularly with a paediatrician at these phases to assess your baby’s health and to make sure that everything is ok and that his growth is adequate.
However, there is no reason to be desperate, no need for medication or formula to get around the situation. The only recommendations involve affection and understanding from the parents.
A healthy and welcoming environment is needed at this time. It is important to have peace of mind and knowledge that the baby is well and that, by the end of this crisis, he will have learned something new and very important for his development!
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