growth spurt

Melissa - posted on 06/20/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter, 13 months old, who has been a tiny eater has recently had a decent appetite finally, but has had trouble going to sleep. After several attempts of trying to help her fall asleep, I tried giving her an additional few oz. of milk and she sucked the bottle dry! For 3 days now, I've increased her day bottles by 2 oz. and her night ones now to 12oz. She used to only drink 5-6 at bedtime just last week! Anyone had similar experiences? How long do growth spurts last and any suggestions as to what I should be doing to help her during the day?

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Rhionna - posted on 06/21/2010

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Have you tried a night time formula, the have rusk in so fill them up for longer! I'd try to increase her solid meals rather than fill her on milk during the day. Growth spurts don't usually last long, maybe a week! She may also be uncomfortable during the night due to muscle pain as she is having a growth spurt, have you tried baby massage, if not it's a good time to try it out after a warm bath it helps them to relax! Hope this helps!

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Melissa - posted on 06/23/2010

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Thanks for the notes. The phase has passed as someone said it would. We're back to smaller meals. It was great while it lasted.

Lacye - posted on 06/22/2010

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when my daughter has growth spurts i give her a bath before bed using the lavender baby wash and afterward rub her down with lavender lotion for babies. it soothes her and makes all the aches and pains from her muscles and bones growing ease. i agree with rhionna though. more food does a lot better than liquid. try at supper time to give her little pieces of beef or any other meat that you are having at the time. it will fill her up and still give her the nutrition that she needs.

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