These Foods Will Help Your Baby Gain Weight

These Foods Will Help Your Baby Gain Weight

Did you know that a balanced diet will keep your baby healthy and guarantee weight gain? But nothing gives your baby weight like breast milk, even after six months.

There's a slight drop in weight that practically all newborns experience in their first days of life. Healthy infants eventually gradually tick up the scale. And to be sure, baby weight gain varies widely, with most weights considered healthy. But when a baby's weight steadily falls in the percentile chart, it may be because they're simply not consuming enough fat. Helping your baby steadily pack on the pounds during her first year of life can be tricky. Here's what to know about your baby's weight gain. You need to make sure she's meeting doctor recommendations for food and weight. Achieve this in the appropriate month ranges, and keep her healthy and satisfied in the process. Let's help you with a baby weight gain food chart. We have carefully put together a list of high-calorie foods to help your baby gain weight.

Baby Weight Gain Food Chart: See Our List Of High-Calorie Weight Gain Foods

We've rounded up a hearty selection of nutritious foods filled with healthy fats and calories that can help add bulk to your baby.

Breast milk

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This is the best source of weight gain for babies until one year. Follow the WHO recommendation of breastfeeding your baby exclusively for the first six months and frequently after that. When breastfeeding, make sure you empty one breast completely before moving to the next. This is because the milk the baby gets at the beginning of the feeding is the thinner foremilk, and the fat-rich hindmilk comes after that.

Olive oil

Compared to the four calories found in a gram of protein or carbohydrate, each gram of the plant-based fat found in olive oil contains about nine calories. Try drizzling a teaspoon of olive oil on pureed vegetables for an extra boost.

Nut butter

These Foods Will Help Your Baby Gain Weight

Nuts are not only densely nutritious and chock-full of healthy fats, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology now recommends they be introduced to babies as young as 6 months old to help prevent food allergies down the road. Castle suggests swirling a bit of peanut, almond, or cashew butter into your baby's morning cereal.

Milk

These Foods Will Help Your Baby Gain Weight

Since infants should be drinking breast milk or formula for the first year of their lives, this is a no-brainer next step. Between ages 1 and 2, offer whole milk to encourage baby weight gain.

Avocado

These Foods Will Help Your Baby Gain Weight

Its creamy consistency and mild flavor make avocados an easy addition for babies in the early stages of eating solid foods. Some store-bought baby foods even feature blended avocados with other fruits, like Beech-Nut Naturals Pineapple, Pear & Avocado jar.

Bananas

These Foods Will Help Your Baby Gain Weight

Not all fruits are created equal when it comes to their calorie content. Bananas have far more than, say, watermelon, apples, or strawberries. They're also packed with potassium and fiber.

Millet

These Foods Will Help Your Baby Gain Weight

It's a traditional baby food that’s quite popular in Nigeria. While being rich in protein and calcium it is also one of the best weight gaining foods for babies. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, protein and Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.

Cheese

Start your child's love affair with cheese early by adding grated cheeses to purees or offering mashed up full-fat cottage cheese.

Oatmeal

A sprinkle of oatmeal cereal makes any baby food puree heartier, and it also provides necessary nutrients, such as iron and zinc.

Pear

Like bananas, pears have a higher calorie content than other fruits. If you don't want to crack open a jar of the pureed variety, steam a ripe pear to easily mash it up with a fork.

Yogurt: Choose full-fat yogurts geared specifically for babies, and steer clear of those laden with sugar.

Check Out This WHO Recommended Growth Chart For Babies

 

Age Weight
0-3 Months Gain of 175 g – 210 g per week
5 Months Double the Birth Weight
6-12 Months Gain of 400 g per month
1 Year 3 times the birth weight
2 Years 4 times the birth weight
3 Years 5 times the birth weight
5 Years 6 times the birth weight
7 Years 7 times the birth weight
10 Years 10 times the birth weight

Do remember to maintain healthy eating habits in your children. It is more important than having them reaching a target weight. Let your child consume a healthy and wholesome diet, and she will eventually reach a healthy weight. If you are concerned about your child not putting on weight despite trying the above tips and foods, consult the doctor. He will be able to evaluate the situation and prescribe weight gain supplements for children if required.

Also read: Birth weight and intellect: Are they related?

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AyeeSha