One way of measuring a healthy baby is to look at the weight gain. If the baby gains enough weight during its first years, then everything is fine. Be sure to prevent it from becoming obese though.
A baby must have proper nutrition to grow and thrive. But sometimes he/she might refuse food and be struck of an illness – and therefore lose weight. Baby weight is a tricky situation, because you want your baby to gain but you do not want it to be obese. Be sure to weight your baby regularly – this prevents but underweight and baby obesity.
If the baby weighs too little it is important to ensure that you give your baby the nutrition that it needs to grow. Sometimes it may be that there isn’t enough milk in a mother’s breast. This is not an abnormal or even uncommon condition and you can easy switch to formula, available in a regular grocery store. Consult a doctor or nutritionist in order to get some tips for a healthy baby diet based on baby formula.
When the baby weight is too much, and you baby is overweight or even obese, you may need to consult a doctor for a more balanced and healthy diet. But do not jump to quick conclusions if you find your baby a bit to round. Most babies are roundish in the beginning – and they will all loose that weight and fat once they have learned how to walk. It the baby’s fat is still existent when the baby is 2 years old, than you need to make something drastically in order to keep the normal weight for your baby.
The table below shows you the ideal height and weight of a baby. Remember that these are the normal figures – your baby may well be outside the norm and still be just as healthy.
|Birth||2,5-4,5 kg||45-55 cm|
|4-6 months||7 kg||66 cm|
|7-9 months||8 kg||70 cm|
|10-12 months||9 kg||73 cm|