Every baby’s growth and development is different, Ma. Some are faster in some ways such as gaining weight, some are not.
Baby’s weight is usually a measure of how healthy his condition is. Because it is very important to follow the development of body weight. In addition, since the baby is born, weight gain is a very obvious change.
Ideally, weight will increase as the baby’s age increases. You need to monitor and record the baby’s growth. This is necessary to avoid the emergence of health problems that are not detected so as to cause long-term effects.
After Mama has a complete development record, the pediatrician can recommend ways to gain weight in the baby.
7 months old
The baby’s weight will continue to increase 1 kg a month. Consult with your doctor if your baby’s weight has increased by less than 1 kg or more than 2.7 kg. The doctor will find out if there are health problems in the baby.
At the age of 7 months, babies can try a mixture of meat, vegetables, and fruits also interspersed with breast milk or formula milk. If you make your own baby food, don’t be afraid to experiment with herbs. Babies are accustomed to various flavors in mother’s milk.
8 months old
Furthermore, at the age of 8 months, the ideal baby body weight for boys is around 6.9-9.6 kg and girls babies 6.3-9.0 kg.
Mama can try variations of the baby’s MPASI menu. At this age, babies begin to try foods with a coarser texture. But Mama has to watch so the baby doesn’t choke. Aside from breast milk and formula milk, you can try a rougher puree and some finger food .
Try scrambled eggs or square pasta. Vegetables, meatballs, cheese and fruit can also be introduced at the age of 8 months.
9 months old
To maintain weight gain, give the baby a light snack between breakfast and lunch, also between lunch and dinner.
Until arriving at the age of 9 months, the ideal baby body weight for boys should range from 7.1 to 9.9 kg and girls from 6.5 to 9.3 kg.
In addition to breast milk or formula milk, babies can consume puree coarse-textured and lots of snacks. Do not hesitate to give all kinds of food on Mama’s plate. Keep an eye on the baby so it doesn’t choke, Ma.
10 months old
At this age your baby may have started crawling and exploring the house. He would start adventure in the kitchen, trying to stand with the help of a table, a chair, or even Mama’s feet. This activity certainly burns a lot of calories. So that weight gain usually starts to slow down a bit.
Try introducing babies with green vegetables and harder fruits like apples. Mama can cut it into small pieces so it’s easier to eat by babies.
At the age of 10 months babies are still breastfeeding or formula milk.
11-12 months old
Mama has worked hard for almost a year! By the baby’s first birthday, his weight will likely be three times his weight at birth. At this age babies usually start learning to walk and are ready to enter the age of a toddler.
At 11 months, the ideal weight for a baby boy is around 7.6-10.5 kg and 6.9-9.9 kg for a baby girl.
Whereas at the age of 12 months, the baby’s ideal body weight for boys is normal, which has a body weight in the range of 7.7-10.8 kg and baby girls 7.0-10.1 kg.
The baby’s ideal body weight can be a benchmark. But Mama also has to monitor baby’s height and head circumference as indicators of baby’s health and growth.
The growth and development of each baby is unique and different, but if the baby’s weight is less or more than the ideal benchmark range, you should consult a doctor.
The doctor will give advice related to diet and nutritional improvements that can be done to achieve the ideal baby’s weight.
The first 1000 days of a baby’s life are very important, Ma. During this period the formation of the brain and other important organs occurs. Well, that is why you have to continue to monitor its growth so that if growth is abnormal, you can quickly take action.