It is completely normal for a baby or toddler to become fat in certain parts of their body, especially their cheeks.
In addition to looking cute, plump or round cheeks play a role in how the baby feeds and grows. However, some parents may be sensitive to calling their baby “chubby.”
Here’s more about why chubby cheeks are normal and healthy for a baby, and why parents shouldn’t worry about this in most cases.
A high-fat diet is important for babies to gain weight in such a short time. Fat as energy is needed for healthy growth and development of a baby, and ‘baby’ fat is stored under the skin as chubby cheeks or soft leg rolls.
A baby’s chubby cheeks are made of fat and muscle. Babies need strong cheek muscles to feed whether they are breastfed or bottle fed.
The repeated sucking motion during feeding keeps a baby’s cheek muscles fuller and stronger. It can also make the cheeks look rounder. The muscle layer of the cheek is covered with a layer of fat and skin.
Do Breastfed Babies Have Plumper Cheeks?
Breastfed babies may gain weight more quickly in the first few months than bottle-fed babies. However, this gradually subsides around 9 to 12 months.
Cheek fat can also help with both breastfeeding and bottle feeding, as the fat in the cheeks helps to hold the tongue in place while sucking.
Bottle-fed babies can also gain weight quickly and have chubby cheeks. But all babies are individual and not all of them have chubby cheeks.
It’s no secret that most people are attracted to a baby’s chubby cheeks and all their cuteness. This has even been scientifically proven!
According to a 2016 study, caring for a child is driven by an emotional state called nurturing love. It is triggered by a baby’s helplessness and cuteness.
When a caregiver sees that a baby is unable to take care of itself, the caregiver is instinctively and physiologically driven to take care of that child.
Plump cheeks and allover fat add to a baby’s roundness and softness, making them even cuter. For this reason, chubby cheeks — along with everything else that makes a baby cute — are not only necessary for good health, but they also act as survival mechanisms.
It is essential to a baby’s health and development to involve their caregivers, or anyone else, through all the senses.
In addition, research has found that a baby’s chubby cheeks help promote adorable stimuli in those around them.
According to a 2015 study, a baby’s adorable stimuli elicit positive emotions and responses, such as smiling or laughing, in the adults around them. This increases the chance that adults will protect and care for the baby.
In the first year of life, babies need a high-fat diet because they quickly develop neurological (nerve) development and brain growth.
It is expected and necessary for a baby to gain weight quickly and have a large store of fat. In fact, scientists may be beginning to…
A baby and toddler will go through many changes in their body mass index (BMI), or how much fat they have, during the first year as they grow.
So those chubby cheeks that we love to squeeze are a completely normal part of a baby’s growth and development period. On the other hand, a
A baby’s tiny body needs fat for energy to aid absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, make hormones and store fat for later use.
Once a baby starts to roll, crawl and walk, babies will begin to lose their chubby cheeks and roundness with this newfound mobility and muscle development.
Many babies also become picky eaters when they start on solid foods and may not want to eat that much either. Growth milestones, such as crawling, walking, or teething, can also interfere with your baby’s drinking and eating habits.
At these times, it is important for them to capture the fat stores in the first few months to extract energy from.
Putting your baby on a diet or limiting their nutritional intake if you are concerned about weight gain can be harmful to their health.
This is a time of rapid growth and development in their small bodies. Babies who do not have the necessary nutritional calories may not be able to meet developmental goals, such as walking or talking.
Doctors call this situation “failure to thrive.” It happens when a baby doesn’t meet recognized growth standards.
Caring for a baby can be stressful. It comes with many new questions for parents and caregivers, especially around diet and weight.
A baby needs a high-fat diet because he has a higher energy requirement with a very limited choice of what he can eat for the first few months: breast milk or formula.
A baby’s high-fat diet can lead to chubby cheeks and overall fat, but these fat stores are normally healthy and necessary to stimulate a baby’s growth and development.
Plump cheeks aren’t just cute to look at – they’ve been scientifically proven to trigger a nurturing response in you.