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Average Newborn Weight Gain

Average Newborn Weight Gain
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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!

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

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              Published on July 22, 2021

              20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

              20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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              It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

              Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

              Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

              1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

                These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

                Get the recipe here.

                2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

                  This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

                  To try this recipe, go here.

                  3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

                    Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

                    Check out the recipe here.

                    4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

                      Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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                      Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                      5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                        This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

                        Find the recipe here.

                        6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                          The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                          Get the recipe for this dish here.

                          7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                            Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                            You can find the recipe here.

                            8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                              Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                              Find the recipe here.

                              9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                                This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                                Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                                  Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                                  The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                                  11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                                    Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                                    Find the recipe here.

                                    12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                                      This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                                      Find the recipe here.

                                      13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                                        Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                                        This easy recipe can be found here.

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                                        14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                          Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                          Find out how to make it here.

                                          15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                            This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                            The recipe can be found here.

                                            16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                              This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                              Find the recipe here.

                                              17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                                Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                                Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                                18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                                  Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                                  Find the recipe here.

                                                  19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                                    Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                                    Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                                    20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                                      Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                                      Get the recipe here.

                                                      Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                                      Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                                      Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                                      1. Lose the Sugar

                                                      Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                                      2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                                      Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                                      3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                                      Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                                      When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                                      Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                                      Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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                                                      Featured photo credit: Jimmy Dean via unsplash.com

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