Shrug off strangers' comments in the grocery checkout line about
your baby's chubby cheeks and your mom's insistence that your baby
is too skinny and needs to eat more.
Babies "come in different sizes and shapes," says pediatrician
and mom of two, Dr. Rosalind S. Downing, who practices at Salud
Pediatrics in Algonquin. "Every baby has their own different growth
While doctors are seeing more overweight babies-many the result
of moms feeding them for comfort rather than hunger-Downing says
some babies will simply be big and eventually plateau.
Here's the facts: Your baby's weight doubles from their birth
rate around 6-7 months old, she says. The average growth is 1-2
pounds per month the second half of their first year, she says.
If your baby has more than doubled their weight, check their
growth rate with your pediatrician, who will also consider height
and head circumference in deciding where they fall on the growth
scale. Anything between 5th and 95th percentile is normal at this
stage, she says.
But if your baby falls off the growth scale, don't limit food,
she says. Instead make healthier choices, with a concentration on
pureed fruits and vegetables and iron-fortified cereal, and get
them active by encouraging them to reach, roll and crawl, she
"There's always a notion that bigger babies are healthier
babies," says Downing. That's a myth that needs correcting, she
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