With the rise in childhood obesity, should parents be concerned about their children’s weight? Experts say parents should ask their doctor to monitor their baby’s weight from birth. But they should not worry about the weight of a child under 2 years of age. Experts say there is no information to support the notion that chubby kids in this age group are more likely to get heavier in the future.
Start healthy habits right now. Breastfeed for the first 6 months and then continue to breastfeed with complementary foods for up to 1 year, or longer as mother and baby desire. Babies who are breastfed for the first 6 months tend to be leaner. One reason is that breastfed babies only eat when they are hungry, not when their parents encourage them.
Do not give your child fruit punch, soft drinks, or other sweetened drinks. As parents, eat well and stay active. Your children will model what they see you do. Babies stay naturally active as they learn to roll over, move their heads, crawl and walk. Their growth slows down between 12 and 15 months of age. Parents should understand that this is normal and does not mean that something is wrong with their child.