Infant Growth Chart

Infant Growth ChartYour new baby will be weighed and measured at each visit with the pediatrician to make sure they continue to grow at a normal rate. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) establish those standards for “normal”. Both the WHO and the CDC have created an infant growth chart for children based on whether they are a boy or girl.

Feeding your child the healthy things they need and doing so correctly will contribute to their overall health. Your newborn only needs breast milk or formula, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding exclusively for the first six months after birth if possible.

Most babies are hungry enough to start eating solid foods in addition to breast-feeding or formula-feeding by anywhere from 4 to 6 months. But too much too soon is not good for baby, so when introducing cereal, mix 1 tablespoon of a single-grain, iron-fortified baby cereal with 4 tablespoons (60 milliliters) of breast milk or formula. Instead of serving it from a bottle though, help your baby sit upright and offer the cereal with a small spoon once or twice a day. Serve only a teaspoon or two after feeding them from a bottle or breast.

When you’re ready to offer juice to your little one, wait until they turn six months old and start with 1 fl. oz., increasing to no more than 4 fl. oz. (½ cup) per day, until they are a year old.

The infant growth chart from the WHO should be used for children two and under. Make sure you use the correct infant growth chart for your child: blue for boys and pink for girls.

For children over two and up to age 20, use these charts from the CDC for boys and girls.

It’s important to remember that all children are different and that as long as yours is healthy, s/he is doing fine. If you have any concerns, talk to your pediatrician.

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