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How Large Was the Biggest Baby Ever Born?

The biggest baby ever born was a boy who weighed 23 pounds (10 kg) in Seville, Ohio at his birth on 19 January 1879; however, he only lived 11 hours. His parents, Anna and Martin Hain, were known as “the world’s tallest couple” as part of a traveling exhibit by showman PT Barnum. Anna was thought to be 7 feet 5.5 inches (2.2 m) and Martin 7 feet 11 inches (2.4 m), but their heights may not be accurate as some historians claim advertisements may have exaggerated the figures. Seven years prior to their son's birth, the couple had a daughter who also died shortly after birth and was much larger than average at around 18 pounds (8.16 kg).

More about baby weight records:

  • A baby born in Turkey in 1961 reportedly broke the record for largest baby and weighed 24 pounds 4 ounces (11 kg). However, there was no conclusive evidence to set a new record.

  • The record for surviving baby with the lightest birth weight was 9.17 ounces (260 grams), born in Illinois in 2004.

  • High birth weight babies, classified as those born at 10 pounds (4.5 kg) or more, increased by rates of over 20% from 1993 to 2003.

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