How much should my 5 month old weigh?

EDWINA - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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I took my daughter to get weighed when she was 5 months old- a few weeks ago now and the heath visitor said that shes jumped up on the chart agagin and that if she jumps up again she would recommend that she went on a diet- is she right to say this or should i just give my daughter what she needs?

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Cara - posted on 09/09/2010

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That is silly! 5 month olds don't need diets. If you're feeding her when she's hungry and she's happy otherwise then everything sounds fine to me. My little man is 5 and a half months old and weighs 26 pounds. He's exclusively breastfed and has had nothing else yet. My doctors say he's as healthy as can be and are not worried in the least. See...the thing about the national growth charts are that average is only that - the average. If you line up 100 babies, there's going to be a biggest baby and there's going to be a smallest baby and most babies are going to be in the middle. It's not bad to be on an end...there are just fewer on the ends than in the middle. Unless you are shoving food down your baby's throat when she is not even hungry you've got nothing to worry about. Enjoy your chubby cheeked cutie! =)

Angela - posted on 08/25/2010

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Thats a hard one. Isabel is a little over 5 months old but Im not sure how much she weighs now. At 4 months she was 10lbs 15oz. Right under 11lbs. And our dr said she was on the lower end of the scale but nothing too serious to worry about. She did say that she wanted her to be at least 13lbs by her 6 month visit in Sept. So Sept 2nd is the day we will see if shes gained the 2lbs. I would have to gues yes at the look at her little fat thighs! lol

Dani - posted on 09/09/2010

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my son at his last check up weighed 17 lbs... i think that was at 4 months... hes in the 90th precentile for weight.... personally if his doctor told me to put him on a diet, i would tell her to get bent... there is no reason to put someone that only eats liquid and mush on a diet!

Melissa - posted on 08/28/2010

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Oh man I ...our 51/2mth old only weighs 13 lbs. I cant imagine 20lbs...but our friends baby is 7mths and she his a very big baby in the 98%ile...

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Kayla - posted on 12/13/2013

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I think saying that a 5 month old baby needs to be on a diet is ridiculous. Every baby is so different, you can't always go off the growth chart. How are you supposed to not feed your baby when she is hungry? In my opinion, give her what she needs. And besides once she starts crawling and moving around more, that won't be as bad

Cynthia - posted on 12/06/2013

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Hi, I went to the doctor bec I had pain in one of my breast. When the doctor saw my 41/2 months baby she said that she is chubby. I'm exclusively breastfeeding, but now I think that I'm over feeding my baby. I feed her every 2-3 hours. However, the doctor told me that I should stop feeding her during the night. I don't what to do!!!

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2010

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I hate when they even suggest a diet for a baby! Unless your 5 month old weighs what a child over a year (give or take a couple of months), you shouldn't worry. How much does she weigh and is she BF, formula fed or is she on solids already? Our son will be 6 months in 2 weeks and weighs over 16 lb. Give her what she needs and don't worry about what the health visitor says!

Sandra - posted on 09/06/2010

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i dont think any baby should be put on a diet! thats ridiculous! what i would suggest is looking at when and why your baby eats. when she fusses, is the first thing you do is feed her? if so then that might be why the rapid weight gain. she could very well be just bored. try giving her new toys or placing her in a different room to distract her. or you could maybe give her one "serving" of water in a bottle instead of milk once a day

Krystal - posted on 09/06/2010

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My son is just over 5 months old and he was weighed a month ago. He weighs 19.8lbs and is 69cms tall and he is in the top percentile. My doctors say that is beautiful and they say nothing about how much he weighs. He is the right weight for his height. That is wrong to say about putting your child on a diet.

Kelly - posted on 09/06/2010

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My son is just about 6 months old and weighs around 22 pounds. I specifically asked our doctor if he was too large & what we should do. She said he is fine, and that we should see a decline in the amount of formula he wants once he starts eating Jar food. He now only eats 4-5 7 ounce bottles and his weight gain has went down. I would be concerned if any health personnel advised a diet for any baby. I would get a second opinion for sure.

Rachael - posted on 09/04/2010

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Thats good to know about them doubling their weight by 6 months, cos LO was 10 pound 11 when he was born, so by 6 months should be 21 pound 5oz which he is on target for

Rachael - posted on 09/04/2010

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Prft ignore them, she will only eat what she wants to eat, my LO is on the 91st centile, he was on 91st when he was born, then went to 75th, then to 50th, then back to 75th and just this week went back to 91st, so maybe she is going through a growth spurt

My LO weighs 19 pound 9 oz, 9.02 KG and he is 25 weeks old

Jaiy - posted on 09/03/2010

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My daughter is small, but my son was not. At five months, he was in the 95th percentile for weight and only the 75th for height. The doctor never mentioned a diet. In fact, I was commended for having a very healthy happy baby and producing breast milk that appeared to be made of cream, if his weight was anything to go by. There may be other health reasons that your doctor has expressed to you, but I would get a second opinion.

Lyssa - posted on 09/03/2010

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The general rule of thumb for an *average* baby, on the curve, is that they should double their weight by 6 months. I think, as long as you are in the ballpark, + or - 2 pounds, she is fine. A good tip is, if you have started her on solid foods, she should be getting no more than 32oz of formula/breastmilk. That's four 8oz bottles in a day.

Shae - posted on 09/03/2010

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A DIET for a baby???? My son was 5 months(now 6 months) he weighted 17.4lbs and then he got a little cold took him to the doctor and not even 2 weeks he jumped to 19.8lbs and she said tht was fine tht he is growing and will want to eat a lot more and tht he is growing at the rate of a 6 month old which she said was good. And he eats about 4 9oz bottles a day and vegs and fruit 2 times a day and cereal at night before bed. And he is fine and his doctor knows he eats all tht and said its fine. She said there would be no reason to put him on any diet or anything. I mean his daddy is really skinny and im a little chunky but doctor said tht my son is fine tht way he is. so yea if i was u i would give her wht she needs u can't put her on a diet cause they could turn around after this and say they never told u tht and tht u starved her. do wht YOU think is right for her she is ur child.

Eureka - posted on 09/02/2010

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NO you health advisor is not right to say put a baby on a diet, you should change doctors, your daughter is healthy and when she starts walking, runnning that baby weight will fall off, people say that about my grandson he is 32 inches long and weighs 22lbs he is 6 months old, and several doctors said NEVER put a baby on a diet.CHANGE DOCTORS

Emily - posted on 09/01/2010

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20lbs @ 5 months is a little big, but not to be too concerned about. A diet is rediculous. My daughter is 5 months & weights about 15lbs. However, they should not be on jar food yet. At 5 months they should be eating about 1 tbs of infant oatmeal a day plus breastmilk/formula. At 6 months is when you should try the veggies then fruits. One new food every 4-7 days to test for food allergies. 7 oz every 3-4 hours is normal. My little one eats 6 oz every 2-3 hours & also sleeps through the night.

Danielle - posted on 08/31/2010

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my son has had nothing but breast milk as well. It is unhealthy for a child to gain or lose weight to quickly, as there may be underlying problems. I have always heard you CAN't overfeed a breastfed baby, because they regulate how much they eat. Bottle fed babies (from what I read) don't regualate as well because you always feed them a set amount of liquid. Anyway, some babies are bigger and some smaller. My son is 28 inches and pretty thick, it's not all baby fat. It is about genetics as well. Second opinions might be needed. I agree with you about DRs not looking at the child. It's a shame.

Sheena - posted on 08/31/2010

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I was inspired when I read your post. I didn't think it was possible to overfeed a breast fed baby. I seriously am not worried about it at all. He also said my daughter could be obese, She is 2 weighs 35 lbs and is 40 inches tall. She is a big girl I won't deny that but she isn't fat or unhealthy. She is the best eater in the house. She keeps us all in line with eating right. My family has no history of being obese but we do tend to be a little taller. He said she should lay off the sweets. What sweets? She doesn't eat them, I won't let her. I just think today they spend to much time looking at a piece of paper that says where they are supposed to be instead of looking at the actual child.

Danielle - posted on 08/31/2010

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no way! My son, at his 4 mth checkup, weighed 19.5 pounds and my DR said he was healthy! Your doc is CRAZY!

Sheena - posted on 08/31/2010

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I had the same problem with my son. He weighed 18 lbs on his 4 month check-up and the doctor said I was over feeding him. This is quite funny cause I am a breast feeding mom and he has had nothing but breastmilk from day one. I am not sure how you over feed a breast fed baby. I have heard mothers worry that their children aren't getting enough, but mine is getting too much. I think my boy is healthy and active. Babies are supposed to have fat on them and they are supposed to eat whenever they are hungry. Just because your child doesn't look good on paper doesn't mean a thing. It seems that today they are even trying to fit babies into some super-model format. No wonder littles girls are having body issues at such a young age.

Patricia - posted on 08/30/2010

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My baby is about 18lbs and was born March 25th.She's a big girl but my doc has never been anything more than happy about her growth.Putting a baby on a diet is absurd.They only eat when they are hungry.Its not like the baby is gonna eat cause its bored or in front of the tv. That is ridiculous

Danielle - posted on 08/30/2010

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My son is exactly 5 mths today and he weighs 22 pounds. He is strictly breastfed and in the 98th percentile on his weight. My doctor said he was as healthy as a horse! My son (since birth) has maintained a 98th percentile in weight, height, and head circumfrence.My doctor said his weight (even though he is big) is fine because he stayed at, or around, the same percentile at every well baby visit.



My doctor said the only time they get concerned about weight is when it fluctuates on a large scale. For example: Lets say your baby was at the 50th percentile at 2 mths old and than at 4 mths she jumped to the 90th percentile, that could be a cause for concern. Is that what happened with your daughter?

I wouldn't worry about her weight! And I think all they would do is restrict feedings (5 oz instead of 6) or maybe have you introduce solid food. My DR told me to intro. solid foods at 4 months, but I won't do it until 6 mths.



I hope this helped (and made sense!) LOL.

Winnie Takyiwah - posted on 08/29/2010

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Well, my daughter is 5 months old. She was 13lbs 3 oz at her 4 month appointment. The doctor said she looked great. And he told me that we would talk about diet at her 6 month appointment. I think if your baby eats when she is hungry and gets her exercise, then she is good. Some people gain weight by just drinking water. I think a second and third opinion won't be a bad idea if he wants you to put her on a diet. Am wondering what that diet will be. Don't worry too much about it. All children are different.

Lauren - posted on 08/29/2010

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Uhm a diet is alittle extreme! I'd just be careful not to overfeed. My nephew Alex is 17 months and he was classed as obese because he was fed chocolate and crisps as snacks. Ridiculous.



My son is 21 weeks and he weights 17lb 120z and he is bang on target.



I think you know best, just keep it healthy.



And if you're not happy with your Health Visitor, you can change her, I did, my first one told me my place was 'a mess' I'd just given birth 10 days ago and spent 8 days in hospital with my son, due to Sepsis Infection, and she came round and said that! I hadn't even been there! I also felt she belittled me, and you want support not ridicule. I was furious, I changed mine and my new one is lovely. Her attitude is stuff the housework, look after you baby first, and the house second!



Do what you think is best hun, but keep in mind what she said. xx

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2010

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my DS has been 97th percentile all along and he is over 20 lbs already too... doctor has never said anything like that to me before and I've asked if it's any concern and she just tells us that right now it's nothing to be concerned about, it's when they start crawling and walking and expending more energy in a day that you need to worry

Heather - posted on 08/29/2010

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hmm that doesnt seem right..i took my daughter on her 4 month check up and she weighted 13lbs...she doesnt go back to the doctor till sept 29.

Melissa - posted on 08/28/2010

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Diet does sound crazy she seems to be eating normal..our litlle one eats 6 oz 6 times a day. I think it is genetics!

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I have never heard of that either. That seems really weird. I haven't had Bubbie weighed in a while, but at 4 mos he was 18 lbs 14 oz, and with how heavy he is I am sure he is well over 20 lbs. At his 4 mo appt, by bf and I were joking about how fat he was, but the dr specifically told us he was NOT overweight, just a big boy. If she tries to put your baby on a diet, I would totally get a second opinion. Babies grow at such different rates. She is probably just going through a growth spurt.

Lisa - posted on 08/24/2010

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thats weird for a diet for a month old mabye it consists of something different then when we think of a diet for ourselves....but my daughter is 5 months and two weeks and she weighs 13lbs 5oz all babies are just different

EDWINA - posted on 08/24/2010

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She is 20lb 2oz and shes on the 98th centile i think and she just said how much was she eating so i told her 7oz every 3-4 hrs but she sleeps 12 hours every night and i said i was starting to try her on jars of food but she doesnt seem that interested in it yet. The health visitor said if she jumps up again then they would look at it but they didnt want to put her on diet but if she jumps up then they would look at it, my daughter seems happy enough and i would never put her on a diet on their say so anyway but was just wondering what other people thought about it.

Amy - posted on 08/24/2010

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A diet for a 5 month old???? I've never heard of such a thing! You don't say how much she weighs exactly or what percentile she's in. My daughter is in the 80th percentile for weight, she's on a decline but the dr never expressed concern because her father and I are not overweight. Your daughters primary source of nutrition right now should either be formula or breastmilk so does she not want you to give a bottle or does she feel like she's getting too much? At such a young age I would be very concerned if my healthcare provider was reccommending a diet!

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