Navigating Your Baby's Weight Gain
Baby's weight gain explained: During the initial months, it's typical for babies to put on about 28 grams a day. As they reach around 4 months, the rate slows to approximately 20 grams a day. By the time they're 6 months old, the weight gain often decreases to 10 grams a day or less.
Weekly and monthly milestones: In the first four months, you can expect your baby to gain between 150 to 200 grams weekly. This pace might slow down slightly between 6 to 18 months, with an average weekly gain of 85 to 140 grams. In the first month alone, most newborns will gain 1 to 2 pounds over their birth weight and grow 2.54 to 3.81 centimetres in height.
Monitoring your baby's growth: It's important to keep an eye on your baby's weight gain. If a full-term baby doesn’t gain roughly 30 grams a day until 3 months of age, or about 20 grams a day between 3 to 6 months, it might be a signal to consult your health visitor or GP.
Top 5 tips for tracking weight gain:
- Keep regular health visitor appointments for weight checks.
- Note the weekly weight gain, expecting around 150-200 grams in the early weeks.
- Watch for a decrease in daily weight gain as your baby grows.
- Maintain a balanced feeding schedule as advised by your paediatrician.
- Stay alert to any significant drops in weight gain patterns.
Support from Childhealthy: We know each child's growth pattern is unique, and sometimes, the scales may not tell the whole story. If you're concerned about your baby's weight gain, reach out to us. We're here to support your parenting journey.
Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.
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