Are you a little curious about your baby’s development? This cheat sheet will let you see the average height and weight your baby should have as they grow older. Here you will learn all you need about your baby’s healthy growth standards.
Normally, the average length of a newborn is 19 inches long and the weight is about 7.25 pounds. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, baby boys have a head circumference of approximately 13.5 inches and baby girls measure in about 13.3 inches.
Birth to 4 days
“A baby drops 5 to 10 percent of his total body weight in his first few days of life because of the fluid he loses through urine and stool”, says Parents advisor Ari Brown, M.D., author of Baby 411.
1 Week to 3 Months
Usually, your baby will gain an ounce per day during this stage, and they will return to their birth weight by the second-week visit. Therefore, expect a range of growth around 3 weeks then another one at 6 weeks.
3 Months to 6 Months
By this time, your baby should gain about half a pound every two weeks and by the 6th month, your baby will double their birth weight.
7 Months to 12 Months
At this stage, your baby will still gain about a pound every month. Amazingly, by the time your baby reaches their first birthday, they will have grown 10 inches long and about the triple of their birth weight, so expect them to have grown by extra 4 inches.
The Growth for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers
By age 1, your toddler will grow at a slower range. They will gain about a half a pound per month and will grow extra 4 to 5 inches long.
At the first year, your child will grow 3 more inches by the end of their third year. In addition, they will have quadrupled their birth weight to 4 more pounds. Moreover, your pediatrician can clearly make an accurate prediction of their adult height!
Ages 3 and 4
Normally, a preschooler will usually grow about 3 inches and gain extra 4 pounds every year. Surprisingly, you will find that your child starts to shed the baby fat from their face.
By this time, your kid will grow about 2 inches and gain 4 pounds every year until puberty (between 8 and 13 years for girls and 10 and 14 for boys). Usually, girls reach their full height about two years after their first period. Boys reach the adult height around age 17.
A baby should eat only breast milk or formula from day 1 to 10 months old then you can include some baby foods. Make sure to seek your pediatrician’s advice about which food you should include in your baby’s daily dietary and here is a list of the super healthy foods for your baby:
- Sweet potatoes
In a few words, every baby is just different so don’t compare your baby to another one. As long as your baby is growing steadily along their own curve, then everything is doing just fine. Always remember to seek help if you need any kind of support.