What would you consider a normal weight at birth for a baby?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Any baby who comes out healthy and breathing is the perfect size. Are the doctors concerned about your first baby’s size? If not, ignore her comment as a meddling Mother-In-Law.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m no parent, but lots of my friends are having babies, and anything between about 5 – 9 sounds “normal” to me. Anything bigger than 9 pounds and I feel like the reaction is “Wow, big baby!”, and when I think 4 pounds, I think “That’s tiny!”

If your doctor isn’t concerned, I wouldn’t worry. Tell your Mother-In-Law to stay out of your uterus 😉

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I forget the range, but I thought there was a “normal range” something like 5.5-9 pounds.  I think a lot of it depends on your size, etc.  If your other kiddo was healthy, then I wouldn’t be concerned at all.  Don’t let her get to you!

In fact, my baby was 8.5 pounds, and they were worried about his blood sugar.  (He was fine…I’m big and hubby was big, too.)

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Babys are ALL different. Theres SO many factors that go into a babys size such as mothers weight, Mothers health during pregnancy, placenta placement, both parents birth weight and on and on. Around 40 weeks you can have a rough estimate that a baby will be around the 7lbs mark. Give or take a pound is completely normal and healthy. My son was born at 3lbs 11oz at 33 weeks. At 33 weeks he should of been somewhere near the 4 1/2 lb range. He would of been small no matter what time he was born.

 As long as a baby comes out breathing and alert then the size doesn’t matter. A healthy baby is a perfect baby. No matter what the size.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My son was only 5 pounds 9 ounces but was perfectly healthy. Every baby is different. Most of my families babies are all between that range and 7 pounds – none over 8. It is different for everyone. it is silly for her to expect that all babies are going to be the same. I wouldnt change my tiny little treasure for anything – he was so freaking small and cute.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

The CDC defines low birthweight as less than 5 lbs 8 oz. (in recent years, the % of low birthweight babies in the US is around 8%), and the cutoff for “very low birthweight” is 3 lbs 4 oz, which accounts for about 1.5% of US births.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

My work supervisor just gave birth to an 11 lb 1 oz baby. That sounds terrifying to me. I’m definitely hoping mine is closer to the 5 lb 14 oz side of the scale 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Your Mother-In-Law needs to mind her own business.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Just a question, but how can you control what your baby weighs when they come out? I mean, yes you can give the right nutrition, etc, but if your baby is 7 pounds it’s likely not your fault. Is you Mother-In-Law saying that you need to have an 8 pound baby for a reason? Just curious.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

I was over 9 lbs but grew up to be a twig.

My daughter was 7 lbs 11 oz which is fairly normal I think. But we saw babies between 4-10 lbs born while we were there.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

All I know is I was 10 lbs 6oz when I was born, and I’m perfectly healthy!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hmm I think her comment would irritate me! 

 

My son was 6lbs 3oz at birth, when we left the hospital he was 5lbs 5oz.  He was in preemie clothes forever!  But I’m tiny (4′ 10.5″), I don’t think I could handle anything bigger! 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was born 8 weeks early at 3 lbs 5 oz. The first time my mom held me I was only 3 lbs. Perfectly healthy, was breathing on my own that same night.

My sister has 3 kids, all were over 10 lbs when they were born (and they were all born 2-3 weeks early). However she does have Type I diabetes and they normally have big babies. (So far none of her kids show signs of diabetes which is great!)

As long as baby is healthy, weight shouldn’t matter.

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