Dealing with cranky kids is rough, but if you want to take those extra fussy baby days in stride then knowing baby developmental leaps is essential!
We’ve all been there. Our sweet little squish is the most calm and cool kid ever… until they’re not. You wake up one day, or more likely night, to cranky cries that aren’t easily soothes. What gives?
Not hungry. Not teething. Diaper is clean. They’re swaddled just like they always liked. Even the favorite swing isn’t working!
Chances are your baby is smack dab in the middle of a developmental leap.
The absolute greatest hack a mom can have in toolbox of hacks is knowing about developmental leaps, when they are, and how to deal.
But here are the basics to get you started.
All babies’ brains develop at a fairly predictable rate. At certain points throughout their first year or so of life, statistics can tell us when they will make huge steps forward in their development.
This is the developmental leap, also just called a leap. The point in time when your baby leaps forward in their development pretty rapidly.
It’s pretty disorienting.
When babies are first born their skills and ability to comprehend the world around them is almost nonexistent.
With each leap they become more and aware of the world around them, who the people are them are, and they begin to form their own identity.
Imagine one day you just woke up and realized for the first time that you are a different person, a separate being, from your mother. That would be pretty freaky if up until they you just kind of felt melded with her, right?
Needless to say, one of the main reasons for this crankiness is just baby getting used to their new reality every time a leap happens.
So how do you deal with it? How do you keep your sanity, while helping your baby make these transitions?
The most important thing is to know when it is going to happen and that IT WILL END.
My kids all have woken frequently in the night, but usually they just have a little milk and fall back asleep. They also fall asleep fairly easily. No colic. Except for one time…
The four month leap. This one is a doozy. My twins would just cry and scream for like 20 minutes at bed time every single night during their period. Nothing soothed them!
But I was able to just go with the flow and not allow it to stress me too much because I knew why it was happening and that it would end soon.
(Of course use your intuition and if you feel like something so really wrong, of course talk to your doc.)
Knowing when the baby developmental leaps happen is a game changer, but don’t forget to be prepared to ratchet up your patience a few knotches.
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