Normal Baby Weight by Month

By Lori Weaver
Baby drinking from bottle
Baby drinking from bottle

Many factors affect infant weight gain including illness, metabolism, body shape, feeding methods and personality. Your baby's doctor will likely use a Centers for Disease Control growth chart to assess your infant's weight.

The First Three Months

Baby sleeping
Baby sleeping

Babies may drop between 5 and 10 percent of original weight after birth. Within two weeks, most infants gain the weight back. At one month, average baby weight is between 6.6 to 11.2 lbs. At three months, normal baby weight ranges from 9.5 to 15.4 lbs.

4 to 6 Months Old

Baby smiling in highchair
Baby smiling in highchair

Babies should gain 1 to 2 lbs. monthly the first six months. Weight should range from 11 to 17.6 lbs. at four months and 13.6 to 21.1 lbs. by six.

9 Months Old

Baby eating
Baby eating

The Centers for Disease Control suggests a range of 15.6 to 24 lbs. for 9-month-old infants. Growth rate averages about 1 lb. per month the first year.

12 Months Old

Baby girl at 1st Birthday
Baby girl at 1st Birthday

By 12 months old, a baby should weigh 17.6 to 26.6 lbs. Formula-fed babies will have gained, on average, 1 lb. more than their breast-fed peers the first year.

18 Months Old

Mother playing with baby
Mother playing with baby

An active baby will likely gain at a slower rate than her more laid-back counterpart. By 18 months old, babies should weigh between 20 and 30.6 lbs.

24 Months Old

Toddler coloring
Toddler coloring

By 24 months of age, normal baby weight is 22 to 34.1 lbs. and should represent nearly four times his birth weight.

About the Author

Lori Weaver is an experienced online writer and editor. She frequently contributes to a number of sites and covers a range of subject areas, including automotive trends, finance, marketing, sustainable living, renewable energy, healthcare, agriculture, real estate and other topics. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.