Weight

Waynna - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my 12 month old daughter is in the 65th percentile in height but only in the 10th percentile in weight. She is very active and has been walking for 2 months. She is a constant muncher but does not eat a lot at one time.My friends who have children the same age who weight 3 to 5 lbs more. I am beginning to worry about her weight. Anyone out there have the same problems? Any tips on high calorie foods?

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Ashley - posted on 10/08/2011

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I am in no means a doctor but my daughter has always been tiny (4 now and just barely 30 lbs) and just last year made it on the charts still below the 5% mark for weight. the doctors encouraged me to "feed her more" and i told them i would NOT force feed my child as she too was a constant muncher but always went for the fruits and veggies (and still prefers them first over the rest of her food at meals). as long as you know food is going in and it is healthy food there shouldn't be anything negative about her being thin. My opinion is the averages for children over the past however many years has corrupted the growth charts to expect children to be bigger than what is necessary. I don't want my daughter to be obese and i fully believe that how your child eats through there childhood can set them up for success or failure as an adult. My daughter (with some of my help) makes (mostly) good decisions when it comes to food (but like her mother likes chocolate now and again). I wouldn't give your daughter high calorie food just to fatten her up as it could turn into a problem later down the road with her weight. hope this helps some how.

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Christine - posted on 11/26/2009

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My son is the same way...he fell off the chart actually! He is 13 months old and just 18 pounds. He is so active and constantly eating. His dr said it was ok, and that there wasnt much I could do if he is eating well. Dont worry, she will catch up!

Minnie - posted on 11/25/2009

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My own 13 month old is in less than the 1st percentile for weight, and about 60th percentile for height and has been since about six months. Same thing with my 3 1/2 year old, who has been in the less than 1st percentile for weight since six months.



They're both active, healthy, happy, smart, and meeting their developmental milestones. For us it's genetics. I'm thin, my husband is thin, everyone in both of our families is thin.

Danielle - posted on 11/25/2009

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carbs carbs and more carbs. my little boy is the same. they grow in their own time. in fact, he is going through a major growth spurt right now. Has put on 250grams in the past 2 weeks. just keep doing what ur doing and add more carbs. i hope this helps.

Nicole - posted on 11/17/2009

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avocados are a great healthy fat food. but like the other ladies said, if she is generally healthy it really doesn't matter.

Ginni - posted on 11/14/2009

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be happy that she is tall and thin. All my kiddos are, and they are VERY healthy. My daughter is by far my biggest baby and was still in the 95th% for her height and 25th% for weight at 18lbs 12oz and 21 inches tall. I don't worry about trying to bulk her up, she is completely healthy and very active!

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I learned a long time ago to ignore those stupid percentiles and stop comparing my baby to other babies. When my son was 2 months old he was 50th for height and 5th for weight. Now he's 75th for height, 50th for weight and very healthy. He's long and lean like his daddy and eats plenty. I think sometimes he grows in length then his weight has to catch up. If you have no other concerns and she seems happy then stop worrying.
As far as high calorie foods, make sure to give her full fat milk products instead of skim or 1%. It's good that she eats the way she does, it's how all of us are supposed to eat, small frequent meals.

Michelle - posted on 11/14/2009

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my 6 year old was and still is like this... boy can eat all day and not gain an ounce we use smoothies to pack some calories into him in an healthy way...

Lisa - posted on 11/13/2009

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Hi Waynna. My daughter only weighed 17 lbs 4 oz (5%) at her 1 year check up. She is 97% in height. My doctor suggested putting butter on her food (toast in the morning), mixing her milk with half & half. She is nibbles all day also.

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