Helping your baby gain weight steadily in the first year of life can be tricky. The guide enables you to understand how the baby gains weight and ensure the baby meets the recommendations of the doctor for weight and food as per the appropriate month ranges. In turn, it helps you keep your baby satisfied and healthy during the first year. As a new parent motherhood can be challenging and heartache, but you will find joy in the process.
Newborn – about 1- 4 weeks old
This is the time at which the baby is very delicate than at any point. Do not be too concerned if your baby loses few pounds after birth as most babies lose some weight. A healthy baby will only take 10-12 days to regain the birth weight.
Feed your baby with formula or breast milk. Consult your doctor if your baby displays sensitive or allergic reactions. As it can be because of something in your diet or the formula.
From now afterward, the baby will grow an inch every month and gain between 5-7 ounces every week. The baby will steadily gain weight as long as the feeding is going accordingly. The baby should eat formula and breast milk. The feeding times are a bit unpredictable. The baby should feed 8-12 times in a day or after every three or two hours.
2 months old baby
The baby should gain weight steadily every week. You can meet a lactation consultant or pediatrician to know how to help ensure the baby is eating enough. Sometimes the baby may not be sucking correctly or drinking enough milk.
Your baby should eat formula and breast milk. Do not attempt to introduce any solid food until the baby is at least 4 months. Introducing solid food too soon can cause digestive problems for the baby or lead to childhood obesity.
3 months old baby
The baby starts to move away from the steady weight gain of 6-ounces to 4-ounces every week. It means that your baby is gaining about 2 ounces in the third month and every other month until the baby reaches 7 months.
The baby should eat formula and breast milk. Feed the baby 5 or 8 times a day. Breastfeeding babies will eat more than those eating formula food. At this stage, the baby still wakes up at night for feeding but not as often as in earlier months.
4 months old babies
Towards the end of the fourth month, some babies start shopping signs of readiness to eat solid foods. Some of the indicators to watch out for include holding their heads up steady or sitting unsupported. The baby also shows interest in what you are eating. The transition from liquid to solid foods is a very delicate one. Do not force the baby to eat if he/she is not ready.
The baby eats formula and breast milk majorly. Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding your baby until they are 6 months-old. Try and hold off giving the baby solid foods for the time being. If the baby shows signs of not being satisfied with breast milk, consult your pediatrician.
5 months old baby
Your baby should double their newborn weight by now. Ask your doctor to know your baby’s weight and height percentile at the next checkup just to ensure the baby is on the right track. Find out what you should do in case the baby is at risk of being underweight to help the baby gain more weight.
The baby should eat solids for some infants, breast milk, and formula. If your pediatrician agrees that you should start giving your baby solid food, do it. There is no strict rule on the right foods to start with as long as it is infant cereal or puree thinned to an almost liquid consistency with formula or breast milk. You can choose whole grain cereals over the white rice. Wait a week or so if the baby is still not interested in taking solid food.
6 months old baby
From six months onwards, your baby will grow by half an inch and gain 3 to 5 ounces every week. Your baby should eat solids, formula and breast milk. This is the perfect time to introduce solid foods if you still have not.
Wait about three days before trying each new food. The break helps you identify the culprit in case the baby experiences an allergic reaction. Symptoms of food sensitivity include rashes and diarrhea. The baby needs exposure to a new food up to 10-times before they acquire a taste for the food.
7 months old baby
The baby gains weight steadily by 2 pounds every month. Consult your pediatrician if your baby is gaining less weight. If the baby gains more than 6 pounds in one month. Feed the baby on breast milk, formula, and solid foods. The solid foods include vegetables, fruits, and blended meat. You can experiment with seasoning that is if you make your baby food. The baby is already used to different flavors in the breast milk.
8 months old baby
The baby gains additional weight to tipple the birth weight by the time he/she is one year old. Your baby should eat chunkier purees, finger foods, formula and breast milk. You can feed your baby scrambled eggs and small cubes of vegetables, done pasta, cheese, ripe fruit, and meatballs.
9 months old baby
Your baby needs to maintain weight gain. Therefore, feed the baby light snacks between breakfast and lunch then between lunch and dinner. The baby can continue eating chunkier purees, lots of finger foods, breast milk, and formula. Feel free to let the baby eat what is on your plate.
10 months old baby
The baby starts to crawl all over the floor and an attempt to stand up or cruise with the help of chairs, tables or your leg. Crawling burns a lot of calories which will slow down weight gain.
Therefore, feed your baby finger foods he is already familiar and comfortable with. Try to introduce green vegetables and tougher fruits like small dices of apples and small noodles. The baby still drinks formula and breast milk.
The two months are the moments where you get your reward for all the hard work you put on your baby. In simple terms, the baby celebrates his/her first birthday, and the weight will be tipple the birth weight. The baby takes his/her first steps as they enter toddler-hood.