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Average Baby Weight Range for Newborns in Singapore


Arora Valley answered:

How much your baby weighs is determined by genetics and your health and nutrition through pregnancy. According to Health Promotion Board most healthy newborns weigh between 2.5 - 4.5 kg. The average weight for Singaporean babies at 40 weeks is 3.2kg. Most babies will lose weight in the first week due to the loss of birth fluid, which is common and nothing to worry about. Birth weight is usually regained after the second week and the subsequent weight gain expectancy is around 30 grams per day. This is the average gain over a period of time, so don’t panic if they don’t always hit the 30-gram mark. Your baby’s growth is measured on a centile chart. The centile charts used to measure growth are just guidelines. During the first few months, your baby will grow at a spectacular pace. Then, after 12 months, this growth spurt will slow down. The ratio between size and weight can be an early warning sign of any potential growth problems your baby may face. You don’t need to weigh and measure your baby every day. Just once a month and/or each time you see your doctor is enough. Don’t worry if your friends’ children seem bigger or smaller than yours – each baby develops at his own rate.


Liew Woei Kang answered:

You may refer to the growth chart in the health booklet for your infant's ideal birth weight. In Singapore, the 50% percentile birth weight is ~3kg, whilst 3 percentile is ~ 2.4kg. The advice is kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or paediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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April Lim Peirong answered:

I agreed with Janice, weight at birth does not matter, I have two friends whose babies was 2.6-2.8kg at birth but today one weigh 8.9 kg at 8 months old and the other weigh 8.4kg at9 months old. Like Janice's daughter's case, they grow up to be healthy. My daughter was3.04kg at birth but as she is recovering from cough, flu and sore throat, she only weighed 7.15kg at 8.5 months old. Most importantly baby is healthy, drinking milk n feeding well in solids. Normal weight range for newborn is 2.5kg onwards.

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Edlyn Foo Yiling answered:

It depends on the gestation period when you gave birth to your baby. Of cause, if the baby was born prematurely, it's very normal for the baby to be tiny. The healthy weight ranges from 2.5-3.5kg. But do note, this only serves as a guideline, and it's not a strict rule that applies to all baby. As long as your baby is feeding well, peeing and pooing regularly, he/she is healthy.

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Archana Vegda answered:

My boy was 2.7 when he was born, he looks weak but after long he started to gain weight, ya Up to 2.5 kg it's normal.

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Jenny Wong Wai Heng answered:

I was told by my gynae that babies's birth weight of 2.5 kg is the borderline. But most importantly, babies's health is of utmost importance. Babies with light birth weight usually gain weight very fast. Both my sons borned with 2.5kg and 2.87 kg gained twice their birth weight with the 1st month when usual expectation is about 4-5 months later.

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Janice Chua Hui Li answered:

My girl was premature and she was only 1.89kg when she was born. Thankfully she didn't had to stay in NICU and she didn't had any breathing difficulties. I was so thankful that everything was fine. As she was small, the first few months was tough but now she is 9 months old and is she about 8.7kg. She has managed to catch up and PD is really happy about it. The healthy weight range for a newborn is 2.5kg and above but don't focus too much on the weight as it is not everything, as shown in my girl's case :)

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