Weight gain for a newborn is so important and is often something mums worry a lot about. Rightly so, if your baby doesn’t gain weight, this is often one of the first signs there may be something wrong and you should definitely get it checked out. However, you need to remember that all babies grow at different rates and regular checks with your health care nurse or doctor will help keep this in check.
Baby Growth Charts
It is normal for babies to lose weight after birth until your milk has come in. When your milk comes in and your baby starts getting all those fats and energy from your milk, your baby should then start regaining that lost weight and adding a lot more. On average their birth weight will be regained within two weeks. The local community nurse should visit and check on you and your baby around this time. Normal weight gain is between 150-200 grams per week for newborn babies up to 3 months of age. Growth charts are included in the blue book you receive at the hospital. However, remember these are a guide only and you may need the assistance of your health care professional to help you measure and weigh your baby and interpret the growth charts.
Which growth chart is right?
There are a number of growth charts available to use as a guide to track your baby’s weight and height. It’s best to talk to your doctor or child health nurse as to which chart is best to use for your baby. Not all babies grow along the same line as another, what is important is that your baby is growing along the same line for weight and height. Babies can jump to another centile line as they grow and this can be very normal. If your baby does jump to another centile line on these growth charts, it may be worth checking with your health care professional that everything is tracking fine. These graphs are often difficult to read for the untrained eye, if your baby is happy, sleeping and eating well they are most likely perfectly fine and a chat to your health nurse or GP will put your mind at ease. It is nothing for them to re-measure and weigh your baby and show you how to read your chart correctly.
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