Babies are so small that it can be hard to figure out if your little one is gaining like he...
Babies are so small that it can be hard to figure out if your little one is gaining like he should. Luckily, most well cared for babies don't have weight issues but there are some typical milestones to look for. Keep in mind that newborns lose about 10% of their birth weight in the first days of life. No reason to panic if your little one loses right off the bat. Several days after birth your baby should start gaining weight. The Mayo Clinic notes that your little one should gain 5 to 7 ounces (about 140 to 200 grams) a week. By the time your baby is 5-6 months he will double his birth weight. After 6 months, your baby will gain about 3 to 5 ounces (about 85 to 140 grams) a week. By the age of one year your baby should triple his birth weight. Not all babies are the same... Breastfed babies tend to gain weight more slowly than formula fed babies because it can take a little time for a new mama to build up her milk. Don't worry that you're not producing enough breast milk though. The point of breast milk during the first few days is quality not quantity - early breast milk is super rich and healthy plus babies are born with fat reserves anyhow to tide them over until your milk is coming in sufficiently. Chubby worries? Many babies do look round in the middle by their first birthday. That's not a big worry though. Babies learn to eat very well before they learn to crawl well. As your baby pumps up his movement his chubby look will ease out. If you're concerned about your chubby baby talk to your baby's pediatrician and take a look at this - Can A Baby Be Too Fat? Baby too thin? Some super active babies are just less chubby than their peers because they're active. Also, a taller baby's height can out-race his weight on the percentile charts. My own son was almost always right at or a little below the typical weight for his peers and height because he was growing longer fast and on top of that was an early walker (runner) and constantly active. He's still a slim kid, so that's just him. Before you panic over your little one's weight ask yourself - is he eating normally, eliminating normally, active for his age? If yes, your little one is likely doing just fine. If you are worried or your baby has sudden or continually unexplained increases or drops in weight talk to your baby's pediatrician.

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