Is my baby’s weight right for his/ her age? Why is my baby not chubby?
Is my baby eating enough? Ever asked yourself any of the above questions? I know I have.
Today I bring to you the agewise height and weight chart for babies, toddlers and kids.
Weight of your baby! This is a very common worry for almost all moms.
Every time I go to the pediatrician, I make it a point to ask him to weigh my daughter, measure her height and check her head circumference. Despite assurances by my pediatrician, I get worried from time to time regarding my little one’s height and weight.
Don’t call me paranoid because I am sure there are many more moms like me, who are concerned about their baby’s height and weight gain. That is why I have come up with this post gives you an age wise height and weight chart for babies and kids.
When I had gone to the pediatrician for Anshika’s hand, foot and mouth disease, the token we got was number 6. Now that could take a lot of time as the doctor had gone for rounds in the maternity ward. I was really worried and wanted to calm myself. So I looked around.
There were moms, dads, feverish babies, babies with cough and cold, babies due for vaccination and some naughty toddlers shouting at the top of their lungs. I entertained all the babies by making faces at them. They in turn rewarded me with their adorable smiles!
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Time passed by, but doctor didn’t come. But by now I was calm enough but bored and needed something to read. So I started looking around.
My eyes wandered through the various charts, posters and notifications on the walls. Voila! My gaze got stuck on one particular chart- the age wise height and weight chart for babies and kids. Just what I needed to see! That’s when the blogger in me took over.
I took photos of the chart, thinking that I could write about it and share with all you mommas, who are in the same boat as I am.
Why is my baby losing/ not gaining weight?
Keep in mind that each baby / kid is different and has different developmental phases.
As long as your baby is active and healthy, there is no need to panic if he/she is not weighing as per this chart.
- Pre- term babies or premies tend to have lower weight and a slower weight gain than their full term counter parts. So if your child is a pre-term baby, ask your pediatrician for guidance in terms of his/ her weight and height.
- Bottle fed babies usually have no issues catching up with the weight milestones, this is because they don’t lose weight in the initial days like the breast fed babies.
- Girls and boys have different milestones when it comes to height and weight. Yes, that’s right, the average weight for babies varies according to the gender.
- Babies above 8 months of age generally tend to lose weight as their activities increase and they tend to have a constant weight / lose weight as they grow older.
- Babies/ kids suffering from fever could lose weight, so there could be a difference there as well. Not just that, there are several other reasons for a baby to lose weight.
- The genes inherited by the baby can play and important role in the physical constitution of your child. If anyone from your or hubby’s family (maternal/paternal) is on the leaner side, your baby could be on the leaner side too.
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Are there foods to help in weight gain of babies, toddlers and kids?
Yes! Kids are a bundle of energy. And to power them up you need foods that abound in calories, vitamins, minerals and everything healthy. Read more about the Top 15 foods for weight gain in babies.
Now you know that healthy food doesn’t mean that your kid will want to eat it. So try these simple tactics to make your mealtimes fuss free. And if you feel that your kid is not eating properly because of lack of appetite, fret not, for we have a solution for that as well. Check out these 12 foods that can help your child increase his/her appetite.
You can also download the free printable weekly food planner for your tot and ensure he/ she is getting the required amount of nutrients required.
Why do you need to consult a chart?
How many of you have been ridiculed by your parents regarding your baby’s weight?
How many you have heard your parents and in laws saying this to your kid – “Oh! Look at you, my poor thing, your mom is not feeding you properly, right?”
Let’s face it, the grandparents will always think that your little one is too weak and thin. This holds true not just for your kids but you too! You may be bursting at the seams but your parents and grandparents will think that you are competing with a twig! So with all that, it is normal to feel tensed about your baby’s weight and height. That’s why you have these charts. They provide you with an unbiased estimate of your baby’s height and weight as per his/ her age.
Apart from that, a growth chart will help you understand if your baby is healthy and is achieving his weight and height milestones.
How to read the chart?
While it is great to have a ready reckoner regarding your child’s weight and height, it has caused sleepless nights for mommies as well. They end up following the chart blindly and end up worrying if the values don’t match. I know this because I once refused to believe my pediatrician when he told me my daughter was healthy. When asked for the reason I told him about the chart.
Imagine two people travelling separately, using a map to go from point A to point B. How fast will they reach the destination? For knowing that won’t you consider variables like the mode of transport, speed of travel etc before you determine the speed? Similarly we have variables when it comes to determining a baby’s height and weight requirement according to his/her age.
Do remember, the charts available provide you with an estimated height- weight as per the standards. While it can be used as a guideline, please don’t go by the exact weight and height for your baby / toddler / kid as mentioned in the chart.
Be realistic when it comes to your baby’s weight:
One last thing before you download the chart. It is important to be realistic when it comes to your child’s weight. But how do you do that?
Keep your baby’s birth weight in mind before you set weight goals for your child. Do not just concentrate on the weight aspect, ensure he/ she is growing too. A lot of us make the mistake of ignoring the average height by age. It is important that your baby is maintaining the correct height to weight ratio or you may be making your kid obese rather than healthy.
And let us not forget the genes, they too play a vital role in determining your baby’s height and weight!
Agewise height and weight chart for babies, toddlers and kids:
Finally, what you have been waiting for, the age wise height and weight chart for your little munchkin. Raising a kid means dealing with a million queries and worries, so let me take one worry off your plate. This chart has the average weight and height for babies as per their ages.
I have included a downloadable chart for you as well. So any time someone comes to you with the all too familiar,”Aww, your baby looks so thin/weak” comment, all you have to do is take a deep breath and consult the chart and put your fears to rest.
- This is an estimated chart as per the WHO standards.
- Do not go by the exact weight and height for your baby / toddler / kid as mentioned in the chart.
- Make sure you have considered all the variables above before consulting the chart.
- If your baby is underweight or overweight, please consult your pediatrician and if he asks you to just relax, then it is a sign that your baby / kid is super healthy.
Dear mommies, Hope this article on agewise height and weight chart for babies and toddlers was informative and helpful. I do also hope that I have provided answers to at least some of the questions you have regarding height and weight gain.
If you are still worried about your kiddo, do ask your pediatrician during your next visit. And if you have more questions for me, you know what to do. Just ask!
Write to us with all your comments and queries. It is as simple as that. And if you have any tried and tested recipes/ food that has helped your kiddo gain weight, share them with us!