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Baby weight in the first four months of life

Baby weight in the first four months of life


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The weight of the baby in the first four months of life is a hot topic for moms who believe that either the baby is not getting enough weight or seems overweight. Most of the times, the fears of the mothers are unfounded, their babies being in normal weight parameters.

In the first days after birth the baby will lose some of its initial weight (about 10%) but then put it back in place, gaining at least 18.9 grams per day, and 550-570 grams in the first month. Between the first and third months, your baby will grow at a similar rate, increasing in height by about 2.54 to 3.81 centimeters per month. These are only approximate values.

Your baby may grow a little faster or slower, and may have periods of rapid growth, followed by periods of slow growth. Starting with the age of four months, the baby should weigh about 700 to 900 grams per month.

The pediatrician will measure the baby's weight, height and head circumference and note the values ​​in a special growth chart (different for boys and girls). In general, even if your baby is big or small or medium, if it is within normal growth limits it means it's okay.

If your baby is born prematurely, remember that its weight should not be compared to that of a term baby. Infants born prematurely will need to be monitored more closely and weighed every week to check their growth rate.

How much will my baby weigh?

Breast-fed babies and formula-fed babies grow at different rates. In general, breast-fed babies tend to be more supple, which is healthier, especially in the long term.

General rules for baby weight gain during the first four months:

  • Get about 112-200 grams per week in the first month;
  • Get about half a kilo a month in the first four months;
  • Breast-fed and formula-fed babies grow at about the same rate in the first few months.

Average weight of a baby between 1-4 months (male)

  • Newborn 3.25 kg
  • 1 month 4.15 kg
  • 2 months 4.94 kg
  • 3 months 5.69 kg
  • 4 months 6.35 kg

Average weight of a baby between 1-4 months (female)

  • Newborn 3.24 kg
  • 1 month 4.15 kg
  • 2 months 4.94 kg
  • 3 months 5.69 kg
  • 4 months 6.35 kg

Expert advice on baby weight in the first 4 months

"The count is done as follows: the weeks are excluded and remain for months. In the first 4 months the child gains about 750 grams per month. On the other hand, children born with greater weight than the average (3200 grams) gain more a little, and those below average more (have to recover), that there is a certain tendency of equalization ", Doctor Mihnea DRAGOMIR - specialist in family medicine.

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