- Weight gain - most babies will gain 1 ¼ to 2 pounds per month at this age, or 2 ½ to 4 pounds since your two-month check up. Your baby will show a trend toward being a large, average, or slim baby. Do not be alarmed if baby is slimming down. Genetics plays a big role in determining baby's body type. So, if baby is genetically programmed to be slim, no amount of breastmilk or formula will change this. Also, don't be alarmed if your breastfed baby is off the top of the charts. You can't really over breastfeed a baby. No need to cut back on the nursing. If your formula-fed baby is off the top of the charts, your doctor will review how much formula you are giving. See below for proper formula amounts.
- Length - you should see a steady increase in length. Do not be surprised if baby's length fluctuates up and down on the percentile curve. This is due to inaccurate measuring, which is unavoidable until baby is standing up straight (usually 15 to 18 months).
- Head circumference - this should steadily increase. Your doctor will watch for any large increase or decrease in percentile.
- Write baby's measurements here. Then plot them on your growth chart to view baby's growth pattern. Ask your pediatrician for a copy of baby's growth chart for you to use at home.
Wt. ________ lb.||______ % ile|
|Ht. ________ in.|| ______% ile |
|Head circ. _______ in.|| ______% ile |