There is no right science to determining your baby’s weight, but this helpful guide should paint a clearer picture. Don’t forget, no two babies are exactly the same!
What’s the ‘right weight’ for a baby?
How much your baby weighs is down to genetics as well as your health and nutrition through pregnancy. What’s really important isn’t how much they weight at birth; rather, the rate at which they gain weight from birth onwards.
Is losing weight after birth normal?
Many babies lose up to 10% of their weight in the first few days, because it can take a while for them to get used to drinking milk. Your body has also to get used to producing milk too. But by about day 10 they should start to put it on again. Your doctor will check your baby’s weight loss and gain in this period.
Measuring your baby's growth
Your baby’s growth is measured on a growth chart. A growth chart is designed to track how your baby grows in length, weight and head circumference. Just because your baby may be at the top or bottom end of the chart doesn’t mean they are over or underweight, but the chart can be a good guide
Take your baby to the doctor’s
You should attend the vaccination clinic and the scheduled check-ups.. Your baby’s growth and health will be carefully monitored and it is the perfect opportunity to ask questions regarding your baby’s growth.
How much weight should my baby gain?
In the first few weeks your baby will probably gain about 175g to 225g (6oz to 8oz) a week. By about six months they will probably have doubled their birth weight and after this their weight gain will gradually slow down.