StriVeda Baby Growth
- Healthy Baby
- March 13, 2019
Keeping track of your baby’s growth is important in the first several months
Babies grow at an overwhelming pace for the first few months of their life. In fact, your baby’s head circumference will increase by 4 inches in the first year to 80% of their adult head circumference. It can be hard to keep track of a baby’s growth in this time and parents often fret about their babies growing and gaining weight at the right pace. While it can often seem like your baby isn’t gaining enough weight, or maybe that they’re gaining too much, its important to remember that every baby is different. If you feed your baby the right amount and make sure that they get enough sleep, your baby should be fine.
Babies lose weight after birth
While many mom’s take this weight loss as a negative sign, its perfectly natural for babies to lose several grams of weight soon after birth. A baby loses 10% of its body weight within a week after birth, so if you weighed your baby that soon, you might be in for a fright. But your baby will gain back that weight soon enough with proper nutrition and care.
Charts can be tricky
In the first three months of their life, your baby should be gaining 150-250 grams per week. They should also be growing 2.5 centimeters per month. At least according to the charts, that is. While baby growth charts provide a good guideline to keep track of your baby’s growth, it is important to remember that every baby is different and will gain weight at a different pace. As long as they keep to an upward curve that resembles the chart and doesn’t have any drastic shifts in weight in a short time, there should be nothing to worry about.