do chunkier babies reach physical milestones later than slimmer babies?

Nicole - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




I was just wondering if chunkier babies reach their physical milestones (rolling over, crawling, walking, etc) later than slimmer babies. My son is in the 95th percentile for weight and I'm thinking he might be a little late doing some things because of his size. A friend has a baby 3 days younger than mine and her son is much more mobile than mine, but he's also 5 lbs lighter. I know all babies develop at their own pace, and I don't believe my son will be behind, he'll just do things a little later.

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Amie - posted on 06/07/2009




My girl is a very chubby bubby and she has so far done things early. Was properly sitting up at 5months and rolling waaay early. It musnt be anything to do with what size they are. I think her tummy helped hold her up when she was learning to sit hehe.

Tricia - posted on 06/05/2009




I thought my son would have these same problems because of his chunkiness but he just started sitting by himself this week and he is just over 5 months. We were working on it a lot, so I'm glad he finally can do it. I think maybe our big baby's just need a lot of continuous work because they need to build more muscle then smaller baby's. Just my opinion.

Rachel - posted on 06/05/2009




My son just turned 5 months on the 30th...he is in the 95% for height and weight and is very strong and mobile. It is hard to change his diaper because he constantly wants to roll over!! :) He starting to creep and loves to be on his belly all the time. As the other moms mentioned babies reach thier milestones at thier own pace and will be fine. I know its hard not to compare your child milestones with other mothers children. Its a bad habit for me:)

Melissa - posted on 06/04/2009




My child just turn 6 months on the 3rd of June. He weighs 17 lbs 14 oz and is 28 inches long. He is sitting up, rolling over, and crawling. I know of a child that is 10 months old that only weighs 19 lbs and he does not crawl. I think that children will develop at their own rate and weight may make a difference in sitting, but I dont think it will make a difference for crawling and rolling over.

Liza - posted on 06/03/2009




My son is a few weeks younger and a couple pounds heavier than his cousin. He's ahead of her in developmental milestones.
Really though, I wouldn't worry either way! As long as your Dr is OK with his progress, it's all good! Most of the time, when babies are slower at hitting milestones, they catch up at some point very quickly.

Lindsay - posted on 06/03/2009




My daughter is roughly in the 100th percentile for weight..and the 97th for length. She is 5 months old, and 20 lbs, give or take a few ounces.
She is doing things right on time. I don't believe weight has to do with anything. Sure her muscles need to lug around a few extra pounds, but they will do in their own time. My daughter has been on time for everything so far. Don't worry.

Rebecca - posted on 06/03/2009




My son is also in 95 percentile for weight and height and he is doing things right on the mark if not a slight bit early. I just think it's personalities, every baby is born with one, my son is stubborn as all heck and want things and will find a way to get to them. Plus it has to do with placement in families I find second babies tend to do things faster than first.

Andrea - posted on 06/03/2009




my daughter is a chunk & doing things way later than my son did. i don't know if it is a weight thing or not, but there's a big window of "normal" in those milestones!

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