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How to Increase Baby's Weight

author image Heather Topham Wood
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.
How to Increase Baby's Weight
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A sign of good health in a baby is that the infant is gaining weight. Some babies are natural slow gainers and will take more time to pack on the pounds, while others may have a medical reason for not gaining weight. For either case, a pediatrician should be consulted to monitor the baby’s weight gain. Thrush, ear infections, acid reflux and allergies can adversely affect a baby’s weight and require medical treatment.

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Step 1

Give cereal at every meal mixed with breast milk or formula. After 4 months of age, your pediatrician will typically allow you to use the dry cereal mix. Eventually, weight gain can be achieved by serving ½ cup of cereal using ½ cup of breast milk or formula. After 6 months of age, you can add a tablespoon of dry cereal to jarred baby foods to up the caloric intake of the infant.

Step 2

Add an extra scoop of concentrate when you are preparing the baby’s bottle. Adding that extra scoop to a bottle of breast milk or formula will pack in more calories.

Step 3

Allow your baby to only drink breast milk or formula. Water and juice can fill up the baby without giving her the extra calories needed to gain weight.

Step 4

Include melted butter in your baby’s vegetables or meats after 6 months of age. One teaspoon per 4 oz. jar can be helpful for baby weight gain.

Step 5

Feed your baby higher-calorie fruits and vegetables. After 6 months, you can start working in high-calorie baby foods, such as strained bananas, sweet potatoes, peas and squash. Pick these foods over lower-calorie baby foods like pears, peaches, carrots and green beans.

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