Small Sept. Babies??

Kristen - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My daughter is very small for her age. She was born on the 7th of Sep. at her last well check in December she had just reached 20lbs. She is in the bottom 10% for her weight and height. The DR. says she is fine and she is a great eater. People just make comments in public all the time when they find out how old she is. Or they are shocked that she is walking because they guess her to be so much younger than she really is.

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Jacinda - posted on 07/28/2009

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I'm glad to know it's not just my little one. My daughter weighs 20lbs. and wears 12 months clothes also. She'll be 2 on September 27th. She is not one to turn away any food and is very active. My doctor said that as long as she's hitting all of her milestones then I shouldn't worry about it.

Lavender - posted on 07/28/2009

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I know exactly how you feel! My daughter only weighs 20 lbs as well. She's such a tiny thing. She will be 2 on Sept 11th and she still wears 12 months clothes!

Daniela - posted on 07/28/2009

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My son´s also pretty small for his age (actually both my sons are) but I ain´t tall and my husband´s neither. So where should they get it from?

Beth - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son was born on September 20, 2007 and he has just started gaining a good amount of weight in the past couple of months. He was only about 20 lbs at 18 months old, and now he's up to about 27 lbs. He is still tall and skinny- a low percentile for his weight and an average one for his height. My doctor says that this is completely normal. My son eats like a champ too!

Bernadette - posted on 07/27/2009

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my son is ~ in the 3rd percentile for height and weight. He's 22 months and 23.5 lbs... his grandpa's only 5'4", so I'm thinking he's just going to be a small person...

Nicole - posted on 02/16/2009

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My daugher was 10 days late and born on Sept 3 (Labour Day). She was 7.3lbs and 20". At her last Dr appointment at 16 months she was only 21lbs and 31". She's long and lean and the Dr isn't concerned at all. She's been consistantly gaining weight and meeting all of her milestones. She's still wearing size 3 diapers, wears a toddler size 3 in shoes, and 12 months for clothes. She even has some 6-9 month skirts that still fit her. Tiny waist but she's got long legs so her pants are always falling down.



I'm not worried or concerned though. She's absolutely healthy, growing and loves to eat. lol

Rachel - posted on 02/16/2009

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My son was born September 17th and he only weighed 5lbs 14oz. he's still pretty small for his age

Eman - posted on 02/16/2009

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My 23 yr old niece was 14 pounds on her first birthday she was tiny and she was walking.  Now she is a giant lol and she has 2 kids of her own.  Don't worry about what anybody says aslong as you know your little one is happy and healthy thats all that  matters.  I think its cute to see something so cute and tiny running around lol.   She looks adorable!!!!!

Nicole - posted on 02/15/2009

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my guy was born 3 weeks early at a whopping 7lbs 5 oz and was almost obease at 9 months but is now barely 21 almost 22 lbs and in the 10th % . I've wondered if he is alergic to wheat which can make them not grow. he has allegies and seems to love to eat breads. I'm going to talk to the dr about it at his 18 month visit.

Jessica - posted on 02/13/2009

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My son is small for his weight (also just reached 20lbs at 15 month check up) but for height he is in the 50-75%. Is you or your husbands family on the shorter side? Maybe she just picked up one of those genes? Or maybe she is going to have a huge growth spurt around age two. Either way I wouldn't worry about it.

Alexis - posted on 02/11/2009

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My daughter was below the weight chart at her 15 month old check up and we had to bo back a month later. She gained a pound and is in the 5% percentile at 16 months she was 20lbs and 30inches (which is in the 50%) tall. My doctor said she is developing normally and everything is fine, he just wanted to make sure she was growing on her growth curve. When she was born she was 7lbs 12 oz. and 21 inches tall which was to big for me to deliver and she was a week late as well. But I know someone whose baby was 11lbs when they were born and my neighbor has a 13 month old who is 25lbs. 5 lbs heavier then allison!

Salome - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have a similar problem, except mine is exceptionally tall 95% for height and 5% for weight. He was born on September 19 and was a week late. He weighed 5 lbs 14 ounces and 21 inches at birth and has always been tall and lanky. I constantly get looks from strangers and I stopped responding to many of their queries. My doctor thinks he's consistently grown this way and will likely fill in as he gets older. She wasn't concerned at all which gave me some relief. He's a picky eater, and we add Pediasure to his milk. He sees a pediatric dietitian once every two weeks. I wouldn't really worry about what people say. You are a good mom and you know what's best for your child.

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2009

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I have a friend with small (lower percentile) daughter that was a normal size and close to due date delivery. She just didn't seem to ever get any bigger after like 14 months. She kept taking her in to the Dr. for check-ups and asking about her growth but always got the "we'll keep an eye on it" treatment. By the time this little girl was 3 she was still at about 3rd percentile and little things like her hair just didn't look healthy. Like if an adult had it over processed at a salon or something. Her mom started seeing her doing strange things with her food, like chewing forever and then spitting it out. Then asking for drinks all the time. She finally went to her Dr. about it and told him she was at her wits end with this childs eating habbits of late and disipline, withholding drinks till after she had eaten enough, and limits on snacks wasn't doing a thing. The kid was living on fruit snacks, yougert, bananas and juice/milk. When she got the run-around from her GP again she whent elsewhere for a 2nd opp. One look at her daughter and the history made this new Dr. slap his forhead! He looked in her mouth and said "Your daughter wont eat because it hurts". She had a very slight infection but extreamly enlarged toncils (sp?) and adnoids. After a very smooth surgery (witch was very non-evacive), that girl eats like a horse and is in the 50+percentile for hight and weight. The change happened almost within days after her surgery and even her hair changed and started growing at an amazing rate. All this could have been fixed earlier but If you don't tell the Dr. every last detail of your childs behavior things get dissmised. My friend didn't want people to think she was a bad mother because she was letting her child snack often and have more juice than the WIC guidelines say you should allow. But she was just trying to make her child happy and her Dr. said she was fine. So I guess my point is don't get frustrated with the situation and scare yourself that something is really bad here. Ask questions, tell your Dr. all your concerns, and If you still don't like where your at with it go somewhere else. Don't forget THE DOCTOR WORKS FOR YOU. If he is not doing the job to your satisfaction, FIRE him. Oh and if you and your babys father are smaller people, your kids wont look like Shaq at age 2. Percentile only works for the "Average People" Your kids might not fit that because they are EXCEPTIONAL!!!  =)  

Caryn - posted on 02/10/2009

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my son is also small. He was born sept 4 and weighed 6.9 when he went for his check up in january he weighed in at 17.1. The doctor had us go see an endocrinologist incase he might have some type of dwarfism. but all his lab work came back normal and he is just a little kid. He his a very picky eater and wont eat any meat. He has been on pedisure since september and that isnt even helping. im not so concerned anymore since he is healthy and is developing right on track. im glad to hear there are more moms out there with little kids like mine. :)

Kristin - posted on 02/08/2009

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My 16 1/2 month old son is also small - he was around the 10th percentile for a long time, but recently he moved up to 12th or 15th. As long as your daughter isn't losing in her percentile, you shouldn't worry. In other words, if she goes from 10th percentile down to 8th or 6th, then your pediatrician would probably be more concerned. However, if she's consistently around 10th percentile, or slowly moving up, it's an indicator that her growth is progressing well. Some kids are just smaller than others (someone has to be, right?), and there's nothing wrong with that. :)

Donna - posted on 02/08/2009

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Christopher was born 8 lb 2 oz, but now is small. He's now 17 months and weighs 23 lbs. He eats like a piggy and his weight is proportionate (his head is not too large or small for his body, his legs aren't too short, etc), so the doc said not to worry. 



For months, he was in the bottom third percentile..now he's made it to the fifth! woohooo!!!

Melissa - posted on 02/04/2009

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My daughter was born on 9/15/07 and she is just about 20-21 lbs herself now.  I understand the questions & looks about how small she is.  I like that she's small though!

Georgia - posted on 02/04/2009

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My little guy is 17mths and he is only 22lbs but he is 79cm tall... Hes tall and thin... He was 10 days late weighing only 7lbs... But let me tell you he is very active and eating well.. Doctors are not worried at all..

Maya - posted on 02/03/2009

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We're there too. Our son was born Sept 7 at 6# 10oz. stayed in 1% on height and 10 % on weight for the first year. Now he is all of 2% for height! Especially since he is a boy, we get some comments, but whatever. Who knows- he may hit his growth spurt later. I also try to remember that these growth curves are based on caucasian kids in the 1950s- a lot has changed.

Melinda - posted on 02/02/2009

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I am glad I am not the only one with a little Sept 2007 baby. My daughter was born Sept 26 and is just under 18 lbs and is almost 29 inches. She started spitting out every spoonful of food I feed her when her first tooth came in at 11 months. I am hoping she eats better when she has more teeth. She drinks Pediasure every day now.

User - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter was born Sept. 30 and when I finally got around to getting her year old needles she was only 18lbs 9 oz  and 30 in. at 16 months old. She eats all the time and is constantly moving. She was a little early( 35 weeks and 5 days) and weighed 5 lbs 3 oz.  and 18 in. My nephews and one niece aren't very big either for  their age.

Lilyan - posted on 01/30/2009

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My daughter is also small - she just had her 15 month check up (yes a little late) and she weighs in at 20lbs. 14oz. and is 30.25 inches... She started out at 7lbs. 12oz. and 19.5 inches.  I wouldn't worry - we all grow at different rates!



And remember - at 18 months for girls take her height and double it.  She'll be within an inch of that height when fully grown! For boys - double the height at 2 years.

Libby - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have the same thing! Well, my child is a boy, though. :) He was born Sep. 21, almost two weeks late at 7 lbs 2 oz. People were surprised then at how small he was (being so late and all)! Now, he's basically the same size as your daughter--according to our info. from the pedi. last visit, he's in the 1st percentile for height and 6th for weight. lol. And seriously, just like what you said, people are ALWAYS commenting when they find out how old he is! I almost don't want to say sometimes, just let them smile and enjoy him the way he is (however old they think he may be...). I don't know why other people are so concerned. I can tell he's eating just fine (he seriously eats all the time) and the dr. doesn't see any issue at all. People are just funny like that. So, just wanted to let you know there's another mom out there with the same thing going on. :)

Christina - posted on 01/29/2009

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My son has been in the bottom 5-15th percentile since he was about 9 months old. My doctor says the same thing. That he's okay--healty, growing, eating. So, if people ask about it, you can confidently tell them something like, "Oh, yes, I talked to my doctor about that, and he/she sees no reason to be concerned."

Valerie - posted on 01/29/2009

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One of my hospital bedrest roomates, had her full-term baby (7 lbs) about 10 days after I had my preemie twins (5 lbs 1 oz and 3 lbs 15 oz) in Sep 07. Her daughter is now 17 months and just made 18 lbs. Her other 2 daughters were also slow growers, so there is a family history.

If she has a consistent growth chart and your pediatrician isn't overly concerned, I would just continue to keep an eye on things.

Amber - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have a friend and her baby is actually 21 months and she is only 20 lbs. She is very active now and learning new things every day. She just started small too. My son however is opposite he is 16 months and about 27 lbs. They play together all the time and they're great together. She is a good mom and her kid eats all the time. She just has good jeans!

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