Milestone based baby weight gain reference
Being a mom means more than giving birth to a child. It is the time to care, nurse, and nourish your child for his/her physical and mental growth. The mother’s care passes through many sleepless nights to observe her baby minutely and this makes motherhood a blessing, a gift, a relationship that never ends and a love that never dies. Here, a guideline is given to help the new mother to have a proper diet chart for her baby’s weight gain and make her baby healthy and happy.
For The Newborn (1 to 4 Weeks Old):
The newly mother becomes so much tensed and worried as the baby is the most delicate than ever in this period. After the immediate birth, most babies lose weight but it is not the matter of worry. The baby regains his weight within 10-12 days. The best thing a baby should take in this period is breast milk or formula. Before giving it, one must consult with a doctor whether the baby has allergic or sensitive reactions.
For 1-Month-Old Babies:
The baby will likely to grow an inch a month up to 6 months and every week the baby gains 5-7 ounces. Again breast milk or formula will be best for him/her. The quantity of the milk a baby should consume at each feeding is unpredictable and it has no definite timing but the babies at this age must be fed eight to 12 times a day or about every two to three hours.
For 2 And 3 Month Babies:
At this time you should meet with a pediatrician to check out whether your baby is eating enough. Breast milk or Formula food will be the best for the baby’s health. The baby shouldn’t be fed solid food up to 4 months to 6 months as it can cause a digestive problem. At the month of three, the baby will start to move slowly and the feeding frequency of the breast milk will be decreased to between five and eight times a day.
For 4 Month and 5 Month Babies:
One of the most precious month for baby’s health improvement is the month 4 when the babies may start showing signs that they are almost ready to take the solids as food. But the period is most delicate one and the baby shouldn’t be forced to eat solid food if he isn’t ready. Along with the breast milk or formula, the baby should be fed solid and liquid mixed food. At the month of 5, the baby should double her/his newborn weigh and the parents should always consult with a pediatrician at this time to make sure whether the baby is on the track. Besides breast milk, a puree or infant cereal should be thinned to an almost liquid consistency to be fed.
For 6 Month To 7-month Babies:
From this month, the bay will grow about half an inch a month and at this time, while feeding the breast milk or formula, the baby should be fed solid food like vegetables, fish, fruits, and cereals. Observe minutely if any allergic reaction or diarrhea occurs after feeding. Try to make your own baby food in such way that it will be going to be digested easily.
For 8 to 10 Month Babies:
You can clearly observe the weight gain process and improvement of the babies’ health easily. Now the baby should be gaining weight to triple his birth weight till the baby is one year old. Breast milk or formula will be the basic food but besides this, the baby should be given nutritional food like finger food, boiled eggs mixed with semi-liquid rice or any other cereals, ripe fruits, well-boiled vegetables, cheese, butter, fish, meatballs etc.
You can observe the rapid change of gaining weight after these months and to check out whether your baby has got a proper nutritional value, you should consult with the pediatrician. Gradually the baby should be introduced to green vegetables, sliced tougher fruits like apple or guava and should be also experimented with different kinds of easily digestible food.