Weight of 9 month olds

Alex - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 119 moms have responded )

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I really need some mom's opinions here.... My daughter is 9 months old and weighs 17 lbs. She looks perfectly healthy, is active, smart, and developing wonderfully. However, I am being hounded by her doctor about her weight. Apparently, according to her graph, my daughter is not even within the "normal" 5-95 percentile. She's below the graph, but my kid eats a ton! She has an older sister who is 3, and she has always been small too. But they're both healthy and bright little girls. What do you moms think? Is 17lbs too small for a 9 month old?

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Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter is almost 11 months old and weighs 18 lbs and is very healthy and eats like a horse

Nikol - posted on 06/01/2010

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My DD is 9 months and weighs 15 1/2 pounds and 26" She is small too and is perfectly healthy and developing like any other baby at that age...I also have a 3 1/2 year old DD and she is very Small too she weighs 29 pounds. My Pediatric Doctor is NOT worried at all as long as she is developing and eating just petite. People always think my 3 1/2 year old DD is 2 until she talks she sounds like she is 15 KNOWS everything! LOl So I wouldn't worry!!

Carla - posted on 05/28/2010

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I have seven children.... Nick is 18lbs.8oz @10 mo. My daughter was in a sz. 2T for 2.5 yrs. I was 89 lbs @ graduation. Don't panic as long as she's healthy , active, and eating. My daughter is avg. now. Kids al blossom at the right time for them.

Sarah - posted on 05/16/2010

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My daughter is 10 months old and we had her 9 month check up was 2 weeks ago she weighed 16lbs 10ozs. I was so worried and stressed out and worried about her size but the doctor (who has the reputation of being one of the best pediatricians in our area, the only reason I'm mentioning that is because I totally trust her and maybe what she said will put your mind at ease) said that she is small but not too small. She also said not to worry about the percentiles because there are so many toddlers and even babies that are overweight that it effects the averages. I also breastfeed my daughter and formula fed babies tend to weigh more so shes being compared to them too. Shes meeting all of her other milestones and is happy and energetic and has good tone. It sounds like your little one is doing well also. I would say don't stress out about it, You may even want to check and see what another doctor has to say. There nay be another reason compounding with the weight that she is concerned about (does she have asthma or allergies, has she been sick alot?). A second opinion would be worth it just to put your mind at ease, but it sounds like she's doing just fine.

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Michelle - posted on 08/21/2012

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my son Alex Eli is 35 lbs. He is 60 inches though
we are both are thin people through the family and
the only guess we have is that we breast fed him
and we feed him the best food on the market.

Megan - posted on 05/22/2012

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my daughter is 10 months and she weighs also about 17 lbs but eats anything you give her, we also had a problem with her dr but she conceded as long as she doesnt lose weight she is a small happy healthy girl

Kelly - posted on 03/05/2011

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as long is she is eating and not losing weight then i wouldnt worry. was the opposite for me my daughter was gaining to much weight, she weighed 17lb at 16 weeks, she was only having 5 6oz bottles a day and they even made me put her on a diet for 2 weeks(had to cut her to 4 bottles a day, which was so so hard) but it didnt make any difference to her weight. when she was 18 weeks got refered and then told not to worry, she is obviously hungry and she told me to put her on solids, 3 meals a day and see how she does. she was a healthy 7lb 12oz born and my other daughter was exactly the same with her weight, she weighed 8lb 15 half oz but she is 6 now and just very tall now and the same height as a 9yr old.
I really wouldnt worry, all kids are different

Mary - posted on 03/04/2011

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I just took my daughter for her 9 month check up on Wednesday and she's weighing in at 14 pounds. For my kids that's normal (she's negative for %wise). We have to do a weight check in a couple weeks but he was ok with that. I think each kid can be different and if they look healthy they usually are!!

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2010

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My Dr. said the same thing about my 9 month old. He weighed 18 LBS at his appointment and was in the 3rd percentile for his weight. He wanted us to supplement him with an extra bottle each day. I think my son is perfectly healthy and I think your little one is too! She's probably just naturally petite!

Jaime - posted on 06/14/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it my 11month old only weighted 18lbs at her 9 month check up and the doctor said she was just fine. I also have a son that's almost 22 months and he only weights 27lbs. My doctor just tells me that I have small kids.

Jackie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Every baby is different...at 10 months my daughter is only 15 lbs. It sounds to me like you need a new doctor, honestly!! Don;t try to keep feeding her to "fatten her up"...so much emphasis is put on us as parents to keep our kids HEALTHY - no matter what weight. As long as she is hitting her milestones, then I'm sure she is fine. We did go to see a specialist, but that doctor said nothing was wrong with our daughter...so I'm convinced everything is fine. If you still think she needs more calories, then switch to soy formula...it is a little more expensive, but your daughter might have a problem digesting the cow milk protein (not the lactose, but the proteins).

Sandy - posted on 06/01/2010

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im not sure i would think that as small per say.. i have a 10 month old who weighs 22 pounds. she is a little chub and her doctor says she is healthy.. if anything try doing 3 ounces of water to 2 scoops of formula and try adding pediacare if you need to.. a friend of mines daughter is smaller too and thats what her doctor told her to use

Jacqueline - posted on 05/30/2010

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my son at 9 months was 24 lb. and 12 oz...... i think he is too big.... but the doc said he is going to be a big boy......

Valerie - posted on 05/30/2010

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What graph is the doctor checking?! My daughter was just over 17 lbs at her 9 month checkup and was b/w 25-50% and the doctor wasn't concerned at all. She said now is the time that kids start to show their genetic potential and my other two are on the smaller side as well. If she's eating well and looks healthy then don't worry - that's not that small! :)

Carrol - posted on 05/30/2010

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I dont understand the percentile thing, my doctor has never said anthing to me about it, my son was 20lbs for his 9 month check up hes now 10 months but my doctor has never said anything about the percentile thing?
But im sure your baby is pefectly healthy, like the other moms have said every baby is different, some are smaller and some are bigger and for sure i agree with enjoy her being small!! i know my son is only 20lbs but its a big difference when you lift him up lol

Lori - posted on 05/29/2010

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My son is 10 1/2 months old and is 30 lbs and 31 inches tall and I think he is off the charts but not obese just solid and extremely healthy thank goodness and has been walking since 8 1/2 months....lol...but his dad is 6 feet tall so he will be a tall boy I imagine....As long as she is healthy and not losing any weight I think you'll be fine :-)

Nikole - posted on 05/28/2010

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wow, i think your doc misinformed you. My daughter was 15lbs 12oz. and that put her in the 8th percentile. do remember all babies grow different.

Sandy - posted on 05/28/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it at all! Remember all those graphs are averages....if you look at the average baby these days, they're entirely overweight. If your baby is healthy, eats well and isn't losing weight she is fine! My 10 month old is only 18 lbs and she weighed almost 9 at birth! She's a great eater...loves her fruits and vegetables, still breastfeeding, is very active...we don't worry at all!
Good Luck!!!

India - posted on 05/28/2010

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Hi Alex my daughter is 20 lbs at 9 months and some people says she is bug i think its about who the child takes after maybe so dont worry if u think she's fine she is

Julie - posted on 05/28/2010

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I really wouldn't worry about it. Like many of the other mother's here have said as long as she is active and healthy, I would ignore what the Doctor say's. My daughter at her 9 month was 21 and half pounds. And she is 26 inches. She is short. But she has alot of muscle already. My daughter has been walking since she was 8 months old. So i just ignore the comments about the scale thing. It's what makes us so self concious about things too much. Let her be happy, That's all that should matter!!

Sabrina - posted on 05/27/2010

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At my daughter's 9 month check-up, she weighted 16 lbs 14 oz and was 28.25 inches tall. According to our doctor, she is in the 15% for weight and 85% for height. Our doctor was not concerned because she has been gaining weight consistently like this since she was born. My husband and I are also pretty tall and lean and our doctor mentioned this as well. Hope this helps you!

Rebecca - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter at her 9 month check-up weighed 17 pounds as well (25th percentile) and height 27 7/8 (50th percentile). When she was born she was 7lb 7oz...she has always been smaller...she is starting to gain weight now that she is almost 10 months, I suppose it's all the solids she is eating now. Her pediatrician has never voiced a concern regarding her weight. She eats well and is very active and looks beautiful! She is just as my sister calls a "tiny tot"!

Shana - posted on 05/27/2010

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That Dr. is way off. My daughters Dr. said Abbi was on the mark weighting in at 16lbs at 9months. I was worried Abbi was over weight because she is so chunky. The Dr. said just for me to watch the right before bed snack I give her some cereal & fruit so her belly is full, she sleeps all night, if no snack she will be up all night wanting a bottle. Mothers know best in my opinion.

Brandy - posted on 05/27/2010

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my youngest daughter, joni, is almost 11 months old. she only weighs 17.8 pounds. her doctor says she is fine.

Vicky - posted on 05/27/2010

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MY daughter is 10 months old and when she was weighed about 2 weeks ago she was nearly 17lbs but my health visitor said she was doing well

Christi - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter weighed 16.5lbs. at 9 months. It worried me enough to make an unscheduled appointment with her pediatrician. The doctor was not in the least bit concerned with her weight and thought she was exceptionally healthy. He felt that she was long and lean due to the fact that both my husband and I are tall and thin. I agree with my doc, if she is healthy and reaching her developmental milestones at appropriate times then there is nothing to worry about. Everybody grows at different rates.

Kristen - posted on 05/27/2010

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No cuz my son is almost 10 months &he only 17 lbs to but his dad is short. N small

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Absolutely not! My son is the same. My doctor said he is very healthy and said he is better off being on the thin side versus the heavy side, especially with the rate of childhood obesity. As long as she is healthy don't worry about those health charts. They compare the average weight of babies at that specific age. There are a lot of very large babies out there.

Kimberly - posted on 05/26/2010

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That's pretty odd. At 9 months my daughter was at 18 lbs and we were told she's exactly where she should be. In fact we were suprised because my daughter looks very chunky and we assumed overweight. Maybe that one pound matters but it sounds really odd to me.

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2010

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I had the same problem with my son when he was a bit younger... At the end of the day, if your daughter is thriving, then put your mind at rest and trust that all is well! Every baby is different, and I personally feel that added pressure does not help!

Becky - posted on 05/26/2010

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my daugter was 16.9 lbs at her nine month visit and that put her in the 17th percentile, so I think your dr may be wrong. Check the chart yourself (you can find them online). If it was me I would consider finding a different pediatrician. Trust your instincts. Dr's word is not the end all be all.

Amber - posted on 05/26/2010

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I have to say, my son who is 10 months now, is 17 lbs. My doctor does not say anything about his weight, she said one time, "he is small, but he is developing fine." I wouldn't worry if she is developing normally (other than her weight). Good Luck!

Krista - posted on 05/26/2010

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I think it is fine. When my daughter was 9 months old she weighed 14 pounds 9 ounces. And she looked healthy as well. She also is in the "under 3 percentile." She is now almost 11 months old and weighs 16 1/2 lbs. Her pediatrician is not hounding me but keeps an eye on her every month to see where she is. She was also small when she was born. So I wouldn't worry at all about her being small. As long as she is eating and active, that's the main thing.

Krista - posted on 05/25/2010

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The whole "percentile" thing is just ridiculous. My son is 10 mos and 18 lbs and he's healthy, happy and developing beautifully. He's hitting all his milestones and I'd rather have a lean, healthy, well fed baby than a "chunky monkey" honestly. Every single baby is different so the percentile thing is just another way for you to "keep up with the Jones'" and not let your kid be their own person... they begin comparing kids to others from day one! Stupid!!!! Just let your daughter be who she is and who cares what percentile she is!

Candace - posted on 05/25/2010

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in response to the comments about the percentages..... I asked my doc the same thing. Where do you get these chart numbers from? They said it is based on her growth from birth. I was told that my baby was growing at a 50-75% rate up until her 6 month check up then at 9 months she had not grown at all since the last visit so HER chart showed a flatline in the growth. If my baby had been in the 5-10% since birth then the issue of her weight would not be there but because up until then she was growing at a certain rate and then just stopped they wanted to clear out any possibilities of things that could be causing it. In the end she explained many babies hit a flatline in their growth genetically then it picks back up so as long as they got good results from the other things they wanted to rule out they were going with the fact that she has hit her flatline in growth and we will continue to check her weight as normal and wait for it to pass. Dont worry all babies are diff as we are all told when we become moms. repetitive but so true :)

Candace - posted on 05/25/2010

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well my 10 month old only weighs 16lbs. she hasnt gained a pound since 6 months! Her doctors are hounding us too. She eats great and I breastfeed her at least 4 times a day. I have even tried to give her some real milk for the extra calories but she HATES it! I feel your pain. I started out worried with the docs at her 9 month check up because she is also anemic but with an iron suppliment and adding rice cereal to her baby food and feeding her 6 to 8 times a day food in addition to nursing her for a month I took her back for a weight check and NOTHING still 16lbs. they took blood and sent it off to check levels in her kidneys and liver and all came back perfectly fine. I have settled with the idea that she is just a little girl and that is ok with me. She is growing in abilities just fine getting into everything and has 4 teeth so try not to worry and enjoy her tinyness as long as you can :)

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My daughter was 16lbs 6oz at her 9 month appointment. She is 10 months old now and has chunked up a little since then, but I'm sure she is still on the small side. BUT, she is very active and breastfed, and as mentioned on here before, many breastfed babies tend to be smaller than formula fed babies. Even at 16lbs 6oz, my daughter is in the 10-25 percentile, so I find it odd that your doctor is saying your child isn't. If your doctor is making you worry needlessly, I think I would start looking for someone else who can put your mind at ease. As long as your baby seems to be thriving (gaining weight at a steady rate, meeting most milestones, and eating properly), your doctor should not be attempting to make you worry like that. :(

Shonesha - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hi Alex,

Don't worry about what your doctor is saying. They pull their information from statistics based on other children your baby's age. Not everyone is going to fall into a "category."

My oldest daughter, who is now 7, was HUGE as a baby. She is now a toothpick, but extremely tall for her age, always in the 99th percentile. Every doctor appointment her doctor used to tell me the same thing your doctor is telling you. I finally changed doctors and her new doctor said she was just fine. She was growing at a steady rate and although, even at 9 mths, in the 99th-100th percentile, she was healthy and no need to worry.

I now have a 10 month old daughter and from birth she was big too. Right now she weighs 24 lbs, but as with my older daughter, her doctor says she's just fine. (We're in a new state and new doctor too)

If you love your doctor then don't change, but don't feel obligated to think somethings wrong with your daughter just because your doctor thinks she's too skinny. Skinny babies may just be what you have, just as I have big babies. Doctors are human and make mistakes.

Just my own opinion though. If your doctor thinks that making medical decisions solely based on what he/she reads from a graph and doesn't take into account your family, how the child lives/interacts, whether she's happy or not, should be a warning sign for you that maybe, just maybe, this isn't a doctor you should have your family going to.

Best of luck and you're the mom. You know your child best. Pay attention to your feelings and if you KNOW she is healthy at her weight, then by all means stand up for her and your beliefs.

Heather - posted on 05/25/2010

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My daughter was early but at her 9 month check she was only 16lb 1 oz. She's healthy and has little chubby legs, she's just small. I wouldn't worry too much.

Lisa - posted on 05/25/2010

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My baby is almost 10 months old and weighs less than 17 pounds, as long as the baby's doctor isn't concerned I wouldn't be concerned either. As long a the baby is healthy.

Jackie - posted on 05/25/2010

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my daughter is 10 month and 21 lb she is over the graph line they keep asking what she is eating the truth is very little she loves kiwis and is not a big eater but loves her milk but they dont take into account she is also of the graph in her height she is 79 tall she is healthy and very active started walking at 8 month and each child is so different as long as they are happy and healthy what does it matter

Sara - posted on 05/24/2010

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Absolutely not! My daughter is 10 months and she weighs 16lbs. My doctor feels that she is eating enough and is active and happy and that is fine. My daughter is on the very bottom of the charts but my doctor's words were "someone needs to be at the bottom of the scale otherwise all kids would look the same". So as a mom with a small child, I wouldn't worry about it unless you have had more than two doctors tell you the same thing. Good luck!

Tifani - posted on 05/24/2010

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they said the same about my son my mom said that i had the same problem they are gaining the right amount for them and as long as they have no health issues you shouldnt be concerned.

Hayley - posted on 05/24/2010

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my daughter was 17.1 lb at her 9 month appointment. She's
quite a chubby bubby. I am small and so is her daddy which means she will be very small too. All bubba's are different. I was worrying about my girl that i'll have to get her all checked out for her height as when i was younger i had to be on growth hormones, if they had of detected earlier i may be taller than what i am. So i find that it's in my daughters best interest to get her checked out too. But they can't really tell until baby is properly walking. Maybe in your case you may want to get a second opinion but i reckon you probably have nothing to worry about as long as she is putting on weight and not losing it instead. Just keep an eye on her. As long as she's happy and healthy she most likely is absolutely fine. Enjoy her while you can, they grow up very fast!!!

Jennifer - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son is 10 months old now and he is 17lbs and 28 inches

If you believe your child is fine, dont worry about the doctors.

Dayna - posted on 05/24/2010

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I have twins boy and girl. At their 9 month check up my daughter was just shy 18 lbs and my son was 18.5. Their doctor said they were fine but they were also small for being full term. My daughter is going to be petite and tall. There is no denying that. My son is a bit shorter but heavier. I believe it depends on the doctor. If your child is eating fine and there is nothing medically wrong leave her alone. I believe the "growth chart" is to be used as a guide and not law. Every child grows differently. If he is that concerned then he should send her for test or try writing everything she eats down and let him judge for his self.

Christy - posted on 05/23/2010

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No way! My daughter is 10 months and 17lbs. She was 16lbs 4oz at 9 months.My doctor said she i perfectly healthy as long as she doesn't start losing weight. I think your daughter sounds perfectly healthy. But if youre still worried get a second opinion.

Annmarie - posted on 05/23/2010

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i think its just fine!! my daughter is 11 months now but at her 9 month check up she was 17lbs, and the doctor said she is healthy. she eats 3 meals a day and is breastfed. and she even has little rolls on her legs! as long as you dont think your little one looks too skinny than its fine. if shes healthy, eating, drinking and active and not sleeping all the time and sick than she is healthy!!

Kris - posted on 05/23/2010

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my daughter is 10m and weighed 16.75 at her last check up and we were told her weight is in the lower 15% (she was 27.5"). so far my doctor has not said anything or recommended that we change anything. I think as long as the babies look and act healthy that is all that matters.

Holli - posted on 05/23/2010

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My daughter was 18 lbs at her 9 month visit, and her doctor gave me all kinds of things to "fatten her up"... I didn't do any of them. She's healthy, she's just very active and I didin't agree with the doctor at all. I would say the same thing with your little one, as long as you know your baby's getting enough to eat I wouldn't worry about it. Your child will catch up just fine!

Debbie - posted on 05/23/2010

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I have the same thing that happens with my boys. Their doctor says as long as they are gaining they are fine. They sound like they are petite girls. Don't be worried. I find that there are some doctor who want every baby to be chubby and there are some kids (like ours) who just will never be that way. It ok. It sounds like they eat, happy, and healthy.

Claudia - posted on 05/23/2010

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Some bubs are smaller than others, and like others have said often those charts are for FF bubs (especially if your BFing)

My DS2 is 7 days off turning 10 months, and when I last weighed him fully clothed he weighed in at 12kg (about 26lbs), which puts him above the 97th percentile. Yes he looks big, but he doesn't look fat. Are you happy with her overall look?

I've just punched 17lb into a converter and had a look at my son's plunket book at the graph in his book for girls would put her between the 3rd and 15th percentiles, looking closer to the 15th

Meagan - posted on 05/23/2010

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I don't think 17 lbs is too small. My daughter had a check-up a couple weeks before she turned 10 months old and weighed in at 14 lbs, 1 oz. According to the graph, she is off the chart: 0%. I'm not too worried though because her older brother has always been the same way and is a healthy, active, and intelligent 4 year-old.
I think society as a whole can be weight-obsessed and gets too wrapped up in graphs, numbers, and comparisons. I also think that what today's average child is alot bigger than the average child of ten years ago (with obesity on the rise, etc.). Who knows, you may also be hounded by her pediatrican if your daughter is too high on the chart in her pre-teen years!
As long as your daughter continues to grow (and doesn't lose weight) and is healthy and happy, then I think there should be no reason for concern. Every child grows and develops at their own unique, individual rate. Some may have a steady weight gain, while others may gain in spurts (only a 1/2 lb one month & then 1 1/2 lbs the next).
I would trust your instincts: If you think your daughter is fine, then most likely she is. :)

Alexandria - posted on 05/23/2010

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My daughter is 10 months old and 16lbs 9oz....she is healthy and a big eater. She wears 6 month old clothes, but other than her short stature she is hitting all her milestones.Although she just started walking and its hilarious because she is so tiny, she looks like she shouldn't be able to do that! Your baby is fine : )

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