A baby’s weight chart!
Many mums are excited to see their baby putting on weight as they are growing.
Especially when we take out our little record books and see the lines nicely creeping up and all is well.
However it’s unlikely that majority of babies stick 100% to the percentile they were born under or stay throughout their first year of life.
Sometimes these lines take a bit of a dive especially in weight and to be honest it’s the weight that always is on the front our parents minds rather than how tall they are getting.
This is also true for when we take our babies to health clinics to do routine checks.
Recently a mum who I have worked with for a few months now messaged me with her recent experience.
A routine check to see how her little one has been tracking.
Not because she was concerned but knew bubs was due and just curious to see how he’s doing.
Her little 4 month old had gone down two percentiles on the chart but is on the 91st percentile for height. Dad is a tall man.
A baby who is very happy and content, sleeps through the night and has no other health issues, is breastfed plus bottle fed and mum mentioned she may start to think about solids over the next few weeks.
The advice she got left her fuming.
It felt confronting.
First of all she was told to start dream feeding or start to feed during the night again.
She was also told off for having her baby in his own room, which is literary as stones throw away from where mum and dad sleeps.
And that solids shouldn’t even be on their minds even though bubs is over 4 months old and was only mentioned not actioned.
I’m glad mum had the confidence to stick to her guns and say no.
She knows her baby well, she understands the family’s DNA and that bubs isn’t going to to be a 6ft buddha bub☺️.
Out of interest I also compared the weight chart for girls and boys.
Interestingly if the weight was plotted on the girls weight and height chart there would have been no issues.
While weight and height charts will always have a place, they shouldn’t be the only indication for change.
We need to also look at our baby’s growth and development holistically.
Baby’s are individuals and we need to stop comparing them to an average percentage of population.
Trust your intuition. It’s your super power