Is My Baby Gaining Enough Weight?

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Most parents follow their baby’s weight gain with enthusiasm. Babies are expected to double their birth weight by 5 months of age and triple it by their first birthday.

There are normal weights for each age (in months, for babies), which start at the 2nd percentile and end at the 98th percentile.

It is important to remember that your baby is born with a little extra fluid and will lose weight between birth and the days afterwards. Babies are usually back up to their birth weight at 10 days of age.

How do parents know if their baby is on the right track?

One clear way is at checkups. The recommended schedule for well baby visits can vary slightly, depending on when you and your baby leave the hospital and if there were any problems. In general, babies are seen between 3 and 5 days of age, at 1 month, then at 2, 4, and 6 months, 9 months, and a year.

At each visit, your baby will be weighed. Most health care practitioners will give you a growth chart with normal weights and heights for age and plot your baby’s gains on that chart. Every child starts at a different point and ends at a different point, depending on genetics and assuming they get enough calories.

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There are normal weights for each age (in months, for babies), which start at the 2nd percentile and end at the 98th percentile. All of these are considered normal, assuming your baby was born full term and at a normal weight. Your baby’s first few weights will help determine which curve he or she is going to follow, and subsequent weights should stay on that curve. Your doctor will certainly let you know if your baby is not doing as well as expected.

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23 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    my baby was bon at 7 lbs 5 oz. On her two week checkup she had surpassed her birthday by over half a pound and nw at just shy of two months is almost 12 lbs… breastfed exclusively. She is a fast gaining baby!

  2. Bellas Mommy says:

    My daughter was born 8lb 11oz…she is two months old and weights the same…

  3. mommy nhoj says:

    She’s just right on track. But for me, she heavy 🙂

  4. LIZ says:

    shes is not a chubby girl but the doctor said shes good with the weight 😉

  5. EbyMom says:

    The article above is true. sometimes I wonder if my lil angel is really gaining enough weight and I notice through her clothes that don’t fit anymore. I remove lots of outgrown clothes from her box every week.

  6. Jess says:

    my daughter weighed 6.5 lbs at birth and at 4 months she weighs 11.6 doctor said she should be about 13 lbs by now but she is chunky an healthy and I am not worried about her weight as she eats all the time anyways

  7. Christi says:

    my son weighed 6lbs 1.5oz and now he is 8months old and weighs 20lbs

  8. Amanda says:

    My daughter was 5′ 11" and she is 12lbs now at 3mos. Atleast I know shes gaining well.

  9. nydia rivera says:

    My son was born 6lbs, he’s 23 lbs at 2 years.

  10. Payal Patel says:

    My baby was born with 6 pound now she is 14 pound at 5 months.

  11. sheenaholman says:

    Babies tend to let you know when they need more.

  12. Jennie says:

    We have had to change formula twice because of this.

  13. ChrisS says:

    My son weigh 6 lbs 12 oz when he was born. Now he weigh 12 lbs 14 oz.

  14. my son was 8lbs and now he is weighing in at 13lbs, my big lil man

  15. my daughters birth wieght was 4lbs 3oz (7 weeks premature) 11 months later she’s almost 20 lbs….

  16. Kendra says:

    Before my baby left the hospital she weighed 5 pounds. Now she weighs 8 pounds. I am forever grateful

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