Is My Baby Gaining Enough Weight?
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.
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.