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Average Newborn Weight Gain

Average Newborn Weight Gain

From what I can tell, most new moms worry about whether or not their baby is getting enough to eat, especially breastfeeding moms who haven’t a clue how much milk their baby is actually eating at each feeding. Parents can take comfort from knowing whether their baby is on track for what’s normal in terms of average newborn weight gain.

So, what is normal?

A newborn is expected to lose between 5-7% of their birth weight in their first 3-4 days of life. Even up to a 10% weight loss can be considered safe, although it is generally recommended that if that much weight has been lost, the breastfeeding mother should consult with a licensed lactation consultant. By about two weeks old, the baby should gain enough weight to bring it back to its original birth weight.

Beyond this, the average newborn will double its birth weight by the time they are three to four months old. Furthermore, by a baby’s first birthday, they should weigh 2.5-3 times their original birth weight. Babies typically experience around five growth spurts in their first year of life. It may suddenly seem that your newborn has outgrown his or her clothes overnight! They may seem extra fussy, even if it seems like you’ve just fed them. It is normal for babies going through growth spurts to start demanding to eat every hour. This can be frustrating to parents who have just managed to establish a feeding routine that works for them and their baby. But fear not, growth spurts do come to an end and the baby will establish a new “normal” again.

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Please note, weight charts are specific to baby girls and baby boys. The following charts can be found originally at this link.

Weight for Age Girls
    Weight for Age Boys

      Here is a chart depicting the averages for height-to-age.

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      Baby Height Age Chart

        And finally, a chart to help you see your child’s percentile compared to national averages for their head circumference-for-age.

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            The differences between breastfed vs. formula-fed babies

            In general, exclusively breastfed babies can expect a higher average newborn weight gain than their formula-fed peers for the first two or three months of life. However, at age 6-12 months, formula-fed babies tend to weigh more than exclusively breastfed babies.

            A few things to keep in mind when evaluating newborn weight gain

            • Be sure to calculate weight gain based on the lowest your baby’s weight has been, not by their original weight.
            • Accuracy can only be expected when your baby is weighed without clothing or a diaper, and is weighed on the same scale consistently, as scales widely vary in their margin of error.
            • The scale should be set to “zero” before your baby is placed on it. The baby should be placed in the center of the scale. The more calm and still a baby can be during a weigh-in, the more accurate the reading will be.
            • If you are concerned about your baby’s weight gain between weigh-ins, a good way to tell if your baby appears to be getting enough nourishment is to check the frequency and quality of your baby’s elimination habits. See the chart below (Source).

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            Newborn Output Chart

              You can calculate your baby’s weight compared to age and height using these charts.

              A note about chart-reading

              Once you find the point on the graph where your baby’s weight and age intersect, follow the line exactly horizontally to find the percentile reading. For instance, if you have a reading of 72%, this tells you that your child weighs more than 72% of his or her peers, and less than 38%. If it seems that your child is troublingly high or low in any category, be sure to express your concerns to your doctor. Often, pediatricians are more concerned with an overall growth patterns (that is, increase in low numbers over time, or a dramatic drop) than they are in your child’s percentiles on any given day.

              Take heart, moms and dads of newborns — you’ve got this!

              Featured photo credit: Owen Newborn-2/Ginny Washburne via flickr.com

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              Published on April 9, 2021

              50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

              50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

              Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

              Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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              The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

              Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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              1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
              2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
              3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
              4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
              5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
              6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
              7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
              8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
              9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
              10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
              11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
              12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
              13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
              14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
              15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
              16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
              17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
              18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
              19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
              20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
              21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
              22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
              23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
              24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
              25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
              26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
              27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
              28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
              29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
              30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
              31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
              32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
              33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
              34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
              35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
              36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
              37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
              38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
              39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
              40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
              41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
              42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
              43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
              44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
              45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
              46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
              47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
              48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
              49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
              50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

              Final Thoughts

              Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

              They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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              If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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