Most people love a cherubic baby with rolls and rolls of fat. It’s part of what makes babies so cute and adorable. Most babies lose their baby fat when they start crawling, but not all do.
Generally, babies need a high fat diet to help in their development and each baby grows, changes and develops at a different rate. So most parents shouldn’t worry too much if they have a very chubby baby. But if the baby stays off the charts consistently and for too long, its pediatrician can let the parent know to start taking steps to make sure the baby doesn’t become too obese.
Dr. Jay Hoecker provides suggestions on the Mayo Clinic site for things you can do to make sure your baby isn’t getting too fat for his or her developmental stage:
- Monitor your weight gain during pregnancy. Research shows that excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases a baby’s birth weight.
- Breast-feed your baby for as long as possible.
- Remember that juice isn’t a necessary part of a baby’s diet. Don’t offer juice from birth to age 6 months, unless it’s needed to treat constipation. If you choose to offer juice after age 6 months, serve it in a cup rather than a bottle and limit it to 4 ounces (118 milliliters) a day.
- Don’t try to quiet all of your baby’s cries with breast milk or formula.