Baby Growth Chart 0-1 Years

Babies undergo quite a few developmental changes in the first one year, of their lives. Although every baby grows at their own pace, some numbers can help a new parent to understand the average growth pattern. Here’s what we have put together:

In the first year the baby develops not only physically, but there is development on various other facets. Overall, the developmental changes that a baby goes through in the first year include—

Physical development (height, weight, growth spurt etc)

  • Till they become 6-month-old, a baby gains about 1.5-2.5 centimeters each month and about 135-200 grams each week.
  • From 6-12 months, a babycontinues to grow by about a centimeter each month and about 85 to 150 grams a week.

By the time your baby is a year old, they are going to be triple their original weight and height!

  • Normally, the average weight for babies is around 3.5 kgs. However, 2.5 – 4.5 kgs is considered to be a healthy and normal weight range for babies. Usually, boys tend to be a bit heavier than the girls.
  • As for the height, 45.7 to 55.5 centimeters is considered to be the normal height range for babies, both girls and boys.

For reference, here are the healthy baby growth charts [as per as the weight and height] in terms of gender—-

AGE

(months)

HEIGHT

(cm)

WEIGHT

(kgs)

046.3-53.42.5 – 4.3
151.1-58.43.4 – 5.7
254.7-62.24.4 – 7.0
357.6-65.35.1 – 7.9
460.0-67.85.6 – 8.6
561.9-69.96.1 – 9.2
663.6-71.66.4 – 9.7
765.1-73.26.7 – 10.2
866.5-74.77.0 – 10.5
967.7-76.27.2 – 10.9
1067.7 – 76.27.5 – 11.2
1170.2 – 78.97.4 – 11.5
1271.3 – 80.37.8 – 11.9
AGE

(months)

HEIGHT

(CMS)

WEIGHT

(KGS)

045.6 – 52.72.44 – 4.2
150.0 – 57.43.2 – 5.4
253.2 – 60.94.0 – 6.5
355.8 – 63.84.6 – 7.4
458.0 – 66.25.1 – 8.1
559.9 – 68.25.5 – 8.7
661.5 – 70.05.8 – 9.3
762.9 – 71.66.1 – 9.6
864.3 – 73.26.3 – 10.0
965.6 – 74.76.6 – 10.4
1066.8 – 76.16.8 – 10.7
1168.0 – 77.57.0 – 11.0
1269.2 – 78.97.1 – 11.3

Cognitive and physiological developments (motor, neural etc)

Babies start developing their cognitive ability by the time they are one to two months old. There are a few milestones in a baby’s cognitive development

  • Between one to two months, babies will turn their heads towards interesting objects and people
  • Around three months babies react to familiar objects and people.
  • On the fourth month, the vision improves and a baby is able to integrate the sense of sight, touch, hearing and touch to link as well as form an identity of a person or an object.
  • Between six to nine months, a baby starts recognizing familiar sights, sounds, smell and taste. During this time, they develop the skill of object permanence-which is their ability to understand absence and create memories.
  • Between six to nine months a baby is more prone to exploring and watching people and objects and it is during this time that a baby”s personality, curiosity and expression of emotions become more apparent.

Emotional and social development

  • One month- infants begin to express their feelings through eyes and mouth
  • Between one- and two-Months babies develop stronger bonding with parents. During this time their responses develop through smiling, eye contact and hand movements
  • Between four to six months a baby is able to show anger, happiness through their facial expressions
  • Between six to nine months a baby develops separation and stranger anxiety
  • Between nine to twelve months, a baby expresses more attachment towards strangers and they explore more through walking and crawling.
  • Communication and language skills
  • Between three to six weeks a baby is able to express their hunger and sleep through specific cries.
  • Around one month, a baby starts responding to soft voices, especially that of parents and caregivers.
  • Around twomonths the “baby talk” of cooing and gurgling develops.
  • Between six to nine months, babies start imitating speech and sounds.
  • On their first year, a baby is able to communicate through a few short words, like mama, dada.
  • Look out for development delays and potential warning signs
  • Though each baby is unique, we have listed below a few delays for babies in their first twelve months, which can be possible warning signs and when a doctor needs to be consulted with.
  • Between 1 to 3 months
    • Does not respond to loud noises
    • Does not follow moving objects
    • Does not grasp objects by 3 months
    • Cannot support head at three months

    Between 4 to 7months

    • Head flops back when body is pulled to a sitting position
    • No eye contacts
    • Does not respond to sound
    • Has difficulty in bringing objects to the mouth
    • Does not turn head to locate sounds
    • Does not roll over
    • Does not follow objects with eyes

    Between 8 to 12 months

    • Does not crawl
    • Says no single word
    • Does not learn to use gestures like waving shaking head
  • A note to New Parents
  • Having a baby is a beautiful experience. Along with this unique experience it is also challenging. Below are a few general guidelines which will help you handle and bond with your new born
  • Handling the new born
    • Wash and sanitize your hands. Since infants don’t have a strong immune system and therefore are prone to infections
    • -For the first three to four months remember to give constant support to the baby’s head and neck. Since the muscles are weak it is important to cradle your baby’s head while carrying or laying your baby down
    • Never shake your baby. This can cause bleeding in the brains and can turn serious.
    • You should give your baby a sponge bath until the umbilical cord falls off and the naval is healed completely

     

    Feeding and burping

    • The new born needs to be fed every two to three hours. However, your baby might give you a cue you by crying or putting fingers in the mouth, or making a round mouth and make sucking noises.
    • Burping your baby is important as babies tend to form gas. Try burping your baby after every ounce of formula feed or after every five minutes of breast feed
    • Bonding- Bonding between the parents and the baby can start right from the first few hours of the baby’s birth. A strong bonding helps in the emotional growth of a child. A few ways to bond with a new born are listed below.
    • Cradle and stroke your baby
    • If your baby responds to massages give light stroking massages. Be careful that your baby is delicate so give gentle massages.
    • Hold your baby close to you while feeding.
    • Sing and talk to your baby. Your baby not only strengthens hearing ability but also feels an emotional security while listening to you.

     

    The journey of parenting is a journey of new experiences every day. Your baby is unique and with each passing day you will discover unique nuances, responses, reactions, and expressions. So, enjoy this journey and be prepared for new surprises of development and growth from your little bundle of joy.

    Watch out this space for more insights.

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