Every so often, babies are born that are, well… not your average size. Some babies are born really long, while others are born very heavy. A heavy newborn does not always mean an unhealthy newborn–they’re just going to have some extra weight to get started.
That does not mean that the top 10 heaviest newborn babies aren’t ridiculously fun to look at. As long as the babies involved were healthy, it’s okay to smile a little at the notion that, somewhere in the world, there is a 20-pound baby being pushed about in a stroller. These kinds of babies are few and far between, so it’s the human mind’s nature to want to marvel at the fact that babies of this size can even possibly exist.
10: Carisa Rusack, 14 pounds 5 ounces
Carisa Rusack was born to Bryan and Caroline Rusack in Massachusetts fairly recently, in 2014. Carisa weighed a whopping 14 pounds and 5 ounces (6.6kg) at birth. She was delivered via caesarian section, and when her parents and doctors heard her size, they were stunned. Carisa was the largest baby to be born at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2002.She outweighed her sister, Claudia, by 4 pounds.
9: Nandini’s Baby, 15 pounds
A woman named Nandini, who lives in India, gave birth to a relatively heavy baby of her own. At just 19, Nandini delivered her 15 pounds (6.8kg) baby via a cesarean section in 2016. Nandini had been a bit overweight, which doctors worried would negatively impact the baby. However, after the baby was born, it was determined that both the baby and Nandini were in excellent health. According to her doctor, Nandini’s baby drank 2 ounces of milk every two hours. The baby’s name has not been disclosed.
8: George, 15 pounds 7 ounces
Baby George was born in 2013 in the UK. He is one of the only naturally birthed babies on the list. His mother, Jade Packer, gave birth to George at just 21 years old, and she had no idea just how large her baby was. George, being so heavy, caught doctors off guard during his delivery, where he actually ended up getting stuck and little baby George was unable to breathe. After about five minutes, he was freed. Unfortunately, that level of oxygen deprivation meant that doctors did not foresee baby George surviving for very long. However, he managed to pull through, and he was allowed to go home just under five weeks later.
7: Sammisano, 16 pounds 2 ounces
Sammisano is undoubtedly very heavy, weighing in at 16 pounds and 2 ounces (7.3kg), but his doctors suspect that he could’ve reached a weight of 18 pounds had he come to term. The baby, born in California in 2013, was about two weeks ahead of his due date. Sammisano’s mother, Sosefina Tagula, actually provided an update on her son five months later; at five months old, the baby weighed 25 pounds and seemed to have a never-ending hunger.
6: Chesner, 16 pounds 9 ounces
Chesner was born in 2007 in Cape Town, the capital of South Africa, to Cathleen Abels. The baby girl weighed 16 pounds and 9 ounces (7.66kg) at the time of her birth. She is said to be the biggest baby ever delivered at the hospital where she was born. She was delivered naturally, and like baby George from the UK, she, unfortunately, got stuck during the process and had some trouble breathing. Thankfully, she was rescued quickly, and all was well with this large baby.
5: Ademilton, 17 pounds
Besides having a pretty cool name, Ademilton has a pretty wild story associated with his birth. He was 17 pounds (7.7kg) at birth, and he is the largest baby to date to be born in Brazil. His mother was 38 when her son was born, and she suffered from diabetes, which led doctors at the hospital in Salvador to believe that that was why her son was so large. Ademilton was delivered via a cesarean section, but he still needed to receive oxygen after his birth due to the breathing problems that he had. Despite the breathing problem, Ademilton dos Santos was in good health overall.
4: Nadezhda, 17 pounds 5 ounces
Nadezhda (pronounced like Nadia) was born in September of 2004 in Siberia to a woman named Tatyana. Nadezhda came out weighing 17 pounds and five ounces (7.85kg) after being delivered by a cesarean section. Unfortunately, the mother was not in particularly good health during her pregnancy; she had her daughter at 43, which is already risky due to conditions such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. To make matters worse, Tatyana was not in good financial standings, so she was forced to eat foods that weren’t conducive to her baby’s health. She attributes her daughter’s size to her poor diet.
3: Akbar, 19 pounds 2 ounces
Beginning our top three countdown of the top ten heaviest newborn babies is Akbar, who weighed 19 pounds and 2 ounces (8.67kg) at birth. He was born in 2009 in Indonesia, to parents named Ani and Hananudlin. Ani, the mother, suffered from diabetes, and thus had a cesarean section delivery that had a fair amount of complications. Her situation was only worsened by the fact that she was 41, which is not a safe age to be having children due to the risks. She and the doctors attribute his size to her diabetes.
2: Anna Bates’ Baby, 22 pounds
Anna Bates’ baby was just generally huge. He was 22 pounds (about 10kg) at the time of his birth, and he was 28 inches long. Bates herself was 7 feet and 11 inches tall, so the fact that she gave birth to such a large baby is no surprise. The birth took place naturally, in her home in Ohio in 1879. The baby made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the largest babies ever to be born. Unfortunately, the baby died around 11 hours later and remained unnamed. Since the birth took place so long ago, there is not a picture available of the baby at birth.
Anna Bates and her husband were often heard calling themselves the tallest couple alive, totaling a combined height of over 15 feet. The couple, married in 1871, is still in the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the title of the tallest married couple ever, almost 150 years after the title was given. Unfortunately, the couple had tried to have another baby seven years earlier, in 1872, but that baby did not survive childbirth.
1: Carmelina Fedele’s Baby, 22 pounds 8 ounces
The heaviest baby ever born, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, belonged to Carmelina Fedele. The baby was born in 1955 in Aversa, Italy, and weighed a whopping 22 pounds and 8 ounces (10.2kg) when he was delivered. Carmelina Fedele was in good health when she gave birth to her child. However, the baby’s gender, identity, and picture have not been revealed.
Happy Healthy Babies Come in All Sizes
Just because a baby is above average weight at birth does not necessarily mean they are unhealthy. Most babies, even if they are born with some extra weight, go on to live long and happy lives. Most of them wind up being of average weight. If your physician is not concerned, you don’t need to be, either.
The ten heaviest babies ever born have some pretty wild stories to tell when they grow up, that’s for sure.