One of the most important things you’ll learn when you have a baby is the height and weight of your little one. With this information, doctors and nurses will be able to tell a lot about their growth, feeding, diaper changes, and more.
People put a lot of emphasis on weight and height of babies and while it’s definitely important, it should never be used as the sole way to indicate the health of a child. However, it’s still handy to have the average newborn height and know what type of growth they can expect in the first year.
Baby birth weights can differ greatly depending on many factors and should never be used as the only indication of health. Average birth weights also don’t mean “normal” and there are many other things to consider. For the US, these numbers are between 5 lbs 8 oz to 8lbs 13 oz, and this is for babies born to term.
In the US in 2016, most babies born were between 6 lbs 9 oz and 7 lbs 11 oz, so you can see how dramatically it differs from the average. During this year, the average weight of a baby was 5 lbs 8 oz. There were around 1.4 percent of babies born at low birth weight and nine percent that were large for their gestational age.
Once born, doctors expect to see babies double their weight by around month five. By the end of their first year, it’s normal for them to have tripled their weight. However, many factors can influence this and it should only be seen as a rough guide to their growth expectations.
Just like us adults, no two babies will ever be the same. Each baby is born with their own unique look, physique, height, and weight, and this is what makes them so special. It’s hard to rely just on guidelines for what a baby weighs when there are so many other things to take into consideration.
Babies are also unique beings that might go through periods of growth and then not grow for a while. It’s impossible to give a definite number that all children and babies should be aiming to reach, and it also puts a lot of unnecessary stress on the parents.
If you’re concerned about your baby’s weight or height you can invest in a set of baby scales for yourself, or take them to see a healthcare professional who can do it for you. Though these numbers are never meant to be a diagnostic tool, it’s sometimes good to get insight into how your little one is growing.