Giving your child the best start in life and ensuring they get into healthy habits early on will help reduce the risk of poor health later on in your child's life.
What happens in the baby's first few years of life in terms of their feeding, sleep, physical activity, and the parents habits towards a healthy lifestyle, will all contribute to a baby's healthy weight throughout childhood and adulthood.Close
A baby's growth is regularly monitored throughout their contacts with the Health Visitor, as well as receiving advice on providing a healthy lifestyle for the baby and family, and reducing the risks of obesity. It is normal for a baby to lose some weight in the first few days after birth, but most will get back to their birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Weighing your baby too often may cause unnecessary concern; below shows when babies should be weighed to monitor their growth. However, your Health Visitor may ask you to bring your baby to be weighed more often if they feel there is a need.
|Age||No more than|
|2 weeks to 6 months||Once a month|
|6 - 12 months||Once every 2 months|
|Over 12 months|
Once every 3 months
There isn't an exact weight or height (or length) a baby should be. Your child's weight and height (or length) will be plotted on the growth charts in their 'red book', which is completed by the Health Visitor. The UK WHO information in the red books has more information about measuring babies and answers to some frequently asked questions by parents.Close
Top Tips for a Healthy Weight for you and your baby
It is recommended to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months of a baby’s life before introducing solid foods. Find out about the benefits of breastfeeding and find out about your local breastfeeding support group.
What support is available for you and your baby?
Healthy Start are free vouchers for pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of 4 years old, who are in receipt of financial benefits or pregnant and under 18 years old. Vouchers are used to spend on healthy foods and vitamins to give your child the best start in life. Speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor for more information.Close