Know the Growth Pattern for Your Little One of 1 Year Old

Morinaga Platinum ♦ 2 January 2017

Know the Growth Pattern for Your Little One of 1 Year Old

A normal growth indicator is the increase in body weight, height, and head circumference in accordance with the growth curve. Comparison of the size of body weight, body length, and head circumference, can make it easier for Mommy to see if the Little One grows in accordance with the age of other children in general.

In the first year of the Little One, growth in accordance with the guidance is the best gift for Mommy who has been treating the Little One tirelessly. What is your baby's growth pattern in the first year? Check out the following table:

Baby’s age

Increase of body weight in average

Increase of body height in average

Increase of head circumference in average

0-4 months

112-250 gram per week

2,5 cm per month

1,27 cm per month

4-6 months

92-142 gram per week

6-12 months

50-113 gram per week

1,27 cm per month

0,64 cm per month










General guidelines for the Little One’s growth in the first year

  • The Little One will lose 5-10% of birth weight in the first week and will return at 2-3 weeks.
  • The Little One’s Weight will reach 2x birth weight at the age of 3-4 months. Weight reaches 3x birth weight at 12-13 months for baby boys and at 15 months for baby girls.
  • At the age of 12 months, the length of the body reaches 1.5x from birth.
  • At the age of 12 months, the head circumference increases by about 11 cm from birth.

What are the things that affect the growth pattern of your Little One?

The growth pattern of your Little One who is still a baby are determined by the frequency of breastfeeding and parenting. The Little One who is breastfed at every time he/she wants it (on demand / on cue) and sleeping with Mommy (co-sleeping) will grow faster. In contrast, the Little One who are given scheduled milk or are trained to sleep on their own more often shows a delayed growth.

Your Little One’s body weight is determined by several factors including genetic and nutrients. Genetic factors influence the body type and metabolic rate of your Little One. That is why there is variation in the growth pattern of the Little One. Babies who look long and thin (banana babies) have a rapid metabolism. They burn calories faster than babies that look fat (apple / pear babies). The length of the body in these babies tend to increase faster than its weight. On the growth curve, they will be above average for its length and below average for its weight. Fat babies will show the opposite. All of these growth patterns are normal.

Apparently, the Little One’s temperament also plays a role in his/her growth. The quiet Little One and often sleeps tends to burn fewer calories. This makes his/her weight increases faster. While the active Little One burns more calories and look thinner.

In order for the process of growth of your Little One to go optimally and in accordance with the expectations of Mommy, give him/her the appropriate nutritional intake. If Mommy is suspicious that the Little One has a growth problem, consult a pediatrician immediately for a health check up to know the cause and to have the right solution.