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How to Increase Baby's Weight

By Heather Topham Wood ; Updated July 18, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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