how much should my one year old weigh?

Mallory - posted on 07/06/2010 ( 65 moms have responded )

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my son just turned one on july 3 and he eats non stop if u see him he always has food in his hands.. well today was his 1 year check and he only weighed 18.2 lbs and was only in the 2% and 29 inches and 25%, he has been walkin since 8 months and is always on the go.. the dr said to start doing pediasure with him and keep him on formula a little longer as well as whole milk and also start puttin butter on things to fatten him up.. im not sure what i need to do other than what im already doing letting him eat non stop? Any suggestions on how to fatten him up i guess lol or how much should a 1 year old weigh

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Maggie - posted on 07/06/2010

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my son was 20 lbs at his one year check. Now he's 26lbs, 33 in tall, and turned 2 last april. I've been in Nutrition for long enough to say that as long as your son is proportionate (to himself not other children) and is eatting like he should then he should be fine. Also, look at yourself and your son's father, if you two are small he probaboly will be too.

Melissa - posted on 07/09/2010

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Our son sincerely had issues switching over to solid foods. He didn't gain weight for most of his second year. Tricks that we learned: Carnation Instant Breakfast packets are cheaper and slightly higher calories than Pediasure, they're also MUCH easier to transport in a diaper bag with a clean sippy cup, most of which are just the right size to make the drink up in. Add butter to everything and cheese to anything you can manage. Milkshakes made with heavy whipping cream taste WONDERFUL; you can also toss in peanut butter and another milkshake packet if you like. (Can't remember what age you can feed nuts at...) Moving our son from a high chair to a booster seat at the table changed how he ate his meals drastically.

Our Henry was very willing to graze through the day, but he mostly stuck to carbs; cereals and things like that. We struggle with getting enough protein in our son. So, we toss wheat germ in his pancakes. Other mom's do white bean purees, which you can add in small quantities to muffins and even cookies. We also changed his meal presentations. He LOVES dipping his foods, so we got a handful of small bowls and give him his pork with applesauce, his beef with a little gravy, and his chicken with honey or whatever we can come up with. It was messy, but it meant he got much more protein in him.

Part of the reason that they're watching carefully, is that a slowdown in growth now can mess with things later or indicate other problems. Don't stress it if he's still growing. If he stops growing or starts dropping in his percentiles, ours went from 15th to the 2nd, then see if you can get in a visit to a nutritionist or a behavioralist.

We had to, so the things that we were told by them: Don't rush around making new food if what you've given isn't being eaten. Changing everything mid-way is going to drive you all mad in the end. Make sure that each meal has 3 options, one of which the child has seen and eaten in the past. Get rid of the pacifier. Any oral stimulation should be from food or drink. Change all liquids to whole milk. (We got that advice in winter; don't know that it's the best idea in summer.)

I have no idea how much of this will be useful for you. I do hope it's not just irritating. Remember, if he's active and moving, you're doing something right. Hang in there and good luck!

Norvella - posted on 10/19/2012

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He may just be a small kid, my daughter is 21 lbs with clothes and shoes on and 31 1/2 inches tall, and she's 14 months old. Doc said she's gonna be tall and skinny.

Kasie - posted on 10/16/2012

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my daughter is about to turn one in a few weeks she weighs 17 pounds and is about 30 inches she eats constantly also she has started gaining weight recently i just feed her everything i eat plus lots of tater tots and those little biter biscuits and i give her whole milk and add a little choco or strawberry syrup to it :) hope that was helpful

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D Renee - posted on 01/27/2014

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ok after reading this I don't feel so bad now having a 27lb son at 19months old

Norvella - posted on 10/19/2012

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He may just be a small kid, my daughter is 21 lbs with clothes and shoes on and 31 1/2 inches tall, and she's 14 months old. Doc said she's gonna be tall and skinny.

Shona - posted on 08/24/2012

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Put heavy cream in all his food it will fatten him up. My son is in the same boast besides getting ng tube feeding at night which is a big help during the day I give him heavy cream and to help him with his calcium intake kids tumms twice a day as per doctor at the childers hospital of philadelphia. In one month my son gained believe it it not 4 1/2 pounds. That's a good number. Jello pudding made with heavy cream is a big boom in calories.

Theresa - posted on 01/03/2012

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My daughter turned one dec.22 and today we went to the WIC office and when they weighed her she was 22 lb 11 oz and was 30 in...when she was born she weighed 6 lbs. 0.8 oz. and was 18 3/4 in but i also think that she os very healthyand eats anything that i give her...veggies, fuits, bread, anything really

Theresa - posted on 01/03/2012

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My daughter turned one dec.22 and today we went to the WIC office and when they weighed her she was 22 lb 11 oz and was 30 in...when she was born she weighed 6 lbs. 0.8 oz. and was 18 3/4 in but i also think that she os very healthyand eats anything that i give her...veggies, fuits, bread, anything really

Diana (14 Wks W. #2) - posted on 12/05/2011

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My son is 11 months and weighs about 24 lbs now he eats alot and I think he's good for his age but for some reason some ppl say he's too small 0.o I don't understand why I guess because their babies are probably HUGE everybaby is different and as long as thy healthy it's all good

Jen - posted on 11/30/2011

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My daughter is one year exactly and weighs 25 lbs (97%) and 30 inches (80%). She weighed nearly 8 lbs at birth so the tripling of weight I've heard before. She is a great eater and I guess her weight shows that. Both her father and I are tall so I think she is where she should be though I've seen many babies her age be much smaller. Her brother was not nearly as big at this age. All babies are different.

Ashley - posted on 11/22/2011

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I had my daughter on whole milk just after 9 months, and she weighed 27 lb at her first birthday. She didn't like to eat much food and drank a ton of milk all the time. She will be 5 in march and now weighs 34 lb. my son just turned 9 months and I'll be starting him on whole milk, he weighs 21 lb, eats a jar of food every sitting with 4-7 5-10oz bottles of formula a day. Hope you can get the weight up. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 11/21/2011

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My son will be 2 in dec he weighs 44 lbs what should i do...Any special diet i can put him on ??

Diana (14 Wks W. #2) - posted on 10/14/2011

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My son is 9 months and weighs 21 lbs and 8 oz and is 28" long and he was born 5 lbs 7 oz 19" long idk If that's good weight for him now

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 a child 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 child food just to fatten them up as it could turn into a problem later down the road with their weight. hope this helps some how.

Ashley

Jennifer - posted on 05/16/2011

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My 20 month old at her 18 month old check up was around 32 lbs. I think and I forget exactly how tall she was....BUT that means nothing for your child. At 18 months she was in the 75th percentile for her weight and OFF THE CHARTS! for her height. But her pedi said that her weight being in the 75th percentil compared to other children is probably because she's so tall (which I already figured it would be lol). She wasn't ever a super chunky baby, just always really long and kept getting heavier because she kept growing :/ Her sister had been in the 95th percentile for her height when she was younger and was a chubby baby, but slowed down on the height and started losing her baby fat after she started to walk. Both of the children are proportional and I knew that neither one of my children were being overfed (so did the pedi lol always a clean bill of health unless they are taken in for being sick lol) and just because the charts say that (it's comparing them to other children their own age) doesn't mean anything lol.
How's he doing now?

Heather - posted on 05/14/2011

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oh i would not worrie about how much you 1 year old should weigh.my 1 year old is 17 pounds in they act like its back as long as he is eatting just fine

Grandma Linda - posted on 07/17/2010

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I have a preemie that is two now and is still on pediasure and he is weighing in at 25.8Lbs now! He was only about 16 lbs when he was one! I have a long list of things that his therapist gave me to try to put weight on him and one of them that I use is putting sprinkle cheese on stuff and butter,but he is only on Pediasure,no whole milk at all!

Sheree - posted on 07/17/2010

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My son weighs 30lbs and has always been in the 95th percentile for his height. He will turn 3 next week and is just very thin. Never had baby fat and eats like crazy. I was the same way as a kid so I do think some kids just have it in there genes to be thinner than others. As long as he is healthy, I would not worry too much. Just think, its much easier to feed a super thin kid, than to have to worrry about putting an overweight child on a diet. Ice cream is always a great way to put on the weight and a milk shake made with whole milk is yummy and will help put on some weght. Dont stress too much. My sister has a son who is very overweight and it is way more stressful to have to restrict his diet than it is for me with my son who can eat anything he wants. Luckily he loves fruits and veggies and healthy foods, but also enjoys ice cream and cookies and cheese. I would say that you are doing just fine with your son! Enjoy being able to feed him without worrying about him getting overweight which has so many health risks and is a big problem with kids today.

Jessica - posted on 07/17/2010

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I really don't think you should start putting butter on everything. LOL I think he's at a healthy weight, they slim down after they start walking anyway. Just keep feeding him they way you are, I'm sure his eatting all he needs. You also have to look at how big you and his daddy are. Cyrus is tall and skinny but his dad has always been real skinny. And Cyrus eats non stop. They just slim down the more active they are.

Ashley - posted on 07/16/2010

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my son is 19 months old and he weighs 32 pounds and is 34 inches tall..the doctors say he is in the 90 percentile of the kids his age..but he has been there since he was 3 months old so i dont worry about it..my son is very active and eats good meals..and loves his fruits and vegetables..he doesnt look fat neither he is just solid..he is going to be my little football player

Carly - posted on 07/16/2010

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i wouldn't worry my sons nearly 3 and also very active he only weighs 27lb as long as his healthy and eats well theres nothing you can do

Debbie - posted on 07/16/2010

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My daughter was premature and only weighed 12lb 4oz at 1 year old! She is 3 and half now and about 21lbs so still small but very healthy :) We were told to give her lots of butter, cream and cheese. I give her yogurts that are high in fat and put lots of butter and cream in mash potato, things like that.

Alberta - posted on 07/15/2010

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My almost 1 year old is some where around 17+ pounds. She is healthy, active, alert and so smart. I'm not worried that she is little. Also if you are a smaller person and dad is too as well as family that is smaller why do doctors think you need to have a huge baby. If your LO is healthy, happy, active and learning just keep feeding him well and relax and enjoy. He will only be little a short time!

Leah - posted on 07/15/2010

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my littlest girl weighs only about 20lbs(not sure on the lbs as we weigh in kg here in oz but she is 10kg) and is 2 months off being 2 years. she is like your son and eats constantly always has done too. she has always been on the 3% line since she was about 4 months old the only time she was higher than that was birth when she was 7lb 14oz. she is very active and her daddy has a fast metabolism so i am assuming she just takes after him and has a very fast metabolism too. paed says she is fine and isnt worried about her as she is still deveoping at the right pace and doing all the right things for her age. paed watches her closely too with development because she wasnt breathing when she was born and had to be revived.
so as long as your lil man is developing well and at the pace he should be then i wouldnt worry too much about his weight.

Amber - posted on 07/15/2010

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My son was 18 lbs at 1 yr. He is now 2 and is 22 lbs. We took him to a specialist and he said he is fine and healthy. As long as he stays on the same growth curve he is fine. Before 18 mo it is normal for babies to cross %. Meaning they can be 50% one time and then 25% the next time. After 18 mo age they should stay about the same % and as long as they are doing that they are fine. Don't worry yourself too much about how much your baby should weigh. I don't believe the double the weight by 6 mo thing. My son was almost 9 lbs at birth and is a little guy.

Kelly - posted on 07/15/2010

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my daughters weighed 18lb4 and 18lb11 at roughly 1 year and have started putting on more weight once they had cow's milk x

Anngie - posted on 07/15/2010

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My daughter is a eats all day kind of kid too. She is now 4 and only weighs 32 lbs. At first this concerned me because she weighed 8 8.5 when she was born so I just thought she would be a big girl. The doctor told me not to worry because she is a very active little girl and as long as she is eating and healthy that is all that matters. I am a smaller woman myself but her father is a big man so I'm told she take after me. So don't worry about it too much he will gain weight at his own pace.

Dalia - posted on 07/15/2010

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my daughter is in that category too: she's 18 months now and doesn't weigh that much either. She walked early, and is always on the go. I think that's the reason they don't fatten up because when they're so active, they don't seem to be storing any of the calories in their little bodies, they just burn it off as soon as they take it in. It's a good thing he's eating though; it's a sign that there's nothing wrong there. I think maybe it runs in the family because my husband has a high metabolism rate so the dr said maybe our daughter's like him.Plus I'm the sure the nonstop jumping and running and playing doesn't help either..

Jesna - posted on 07/14/2010

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Oh not to worry as long as ur kid is eating well & is healthy, weight really does not matter. My daughter is 3.1 yrs old and she only weighs 26 pounds. 12.5 kgs to be precise, my doc said its pretty fine!

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My daughter was 18.5lb at 12 months. She is now 18 months and weights 24.5lb. I had some difficulty when she was younger with her weight because of birth control pills slowing mil production and overall having a baby with a high metabolism. The reason I was going through issues with doctors and what not is because she dropped from 25 percentile down to 15 percentile. After I got off the birth control and she started eating solids, she gained her weight back and was at the 25 percentile again.



I don't know what percentile she is in now, I wasn't told this time. But I assume its fine as nothing was said to me. I was told it is a change in the percentile that they are worried about. If your son didn't chance to a lower percentile then I think it is just your doctors opinion on the matter. As soon as she went back up to the 25 percentile and didn't go back down, they left me alone.



If you are concerned because of what the doctor said told you, get a second opinion on the matter. Health nurses are a good place and you can ask how much your 1 year old should weigh. They also have info pamphlets and sheets they can give you too.

Krissy - posted on 07/14/2010

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my daughter weighs the same ( for those who do kg convertions 8/1/4kgs ) for a 1 yr old july 8th and i was told just to keep on doing what im doing as she has just had a major growth spurt in which the weight shifted. she shot up from a 0 - a 1 after being in a 0 for 5 months in a space of a week it seems as one day the feet in the jump suites were too long for her and the nxt they were fitting them .she went down to about 17.5lbs( 7.98 kgs) my son is only 36.7lbs (16.7 kgs) for a 4/1/2 yr old and ive been told carbs are the best way to put on weight - bread pasta those sorts of foods if you have wholemeal water biscuts etc also baby bread sticks are carbs. he is alos most likely growing which boys tend to eat and eat and eat and never seem to put anything on some of my friends boys put heaps of weight on them all of a sudden when they start to roll crawl and walk they never seem to put it on as the are very energetic( girls are as well but they tend to be a little less active from what i have been told though there are some who are just as active lol) i hope that this helps as it is a worry but i believe only to be overly so if they keep on loosing it over a month or so which then your doc should take some sort of action to find out why.

April - posted on 07/14/2010

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Sometimes a kid is just thin. My son weighed about that much at his 1 year visit. His height was 50% and weight was 10%. I would consider if there is something actually wrong with his weight (other than a hard time finding pants that don't fall off. lol) Otherwise don't worry about it. By the way, my sons pediatrician didn't have any problems with his weight.

Crystal - posted on 07/14/2010

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My son is almost 2 and weighs about 22 lbs.we have battled with his weight since he was born, but he eats everything!he is very active, but he drs were stll worried since he lost 7 ounces between his apts.he isn't even on his growth chart anymore, but the kid eats like champ, so don't worry!!! i don't anymore!!as long as they are happy and healthy--they can b small!

Jennifer - posted on 07/14/2010

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How much did he weigh at birth? Generally they would like that weight to be tripled by one year. Every child is different though, and I had fat babies. As long as he is getting a well balance diet and is growing, he is fine. Remember, this is the time when they don't gain as much and some lose. My first daughter was 21 lbs at 1 year old and only 28lbs now that she is three. This is only natural.

Julie - posted on 07/14/2010

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Typically, they are supposed to double their birthweight by 6 months and triple their birthweight by 1 yr. So, for example, a baby that weighs 7 lbs at birth should be approximately 14 lbs by 6 months and approximately 21 lbs at one yr.

Candace - posted on 07/14/2010

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i talked to our ped about the whole percentile chart. he said that it should actually be re done because it was taken in the 1970's in a town of 100 babies ALL who drank formula. Today many mothers are breast feeding, and not saying the Breast milk is not as fat as formula but babies are getting more nutrition out it. My daughter is now 2 years old and weighs 24lbs our ped has no problems with it, as when you look at me and my husband we are both small people i am 5'4 and he is 5'6, and both small birth weights. You shouldnt have any concerns, all i can suggest from before is eating healthy fats like the avacado!!!

Colleen - posted on 07/14/2010

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I guess you can say that every child is different, but the chart that pediatricians use is the true key as to what your child should weigh. Our son is 16-months old, and at his last check-up he weighed 30 lbs. (95 th percentile) and is 33 inches tall (97th percentile). My son is proportionate in both height and weight...we are a tall family, so that makes perfect sense. My mother was just telling me that she was chatting with a woman who's daughter is about a year older than my son, and looks like she is about a 9 month old infant...so...I don't think there is any real "standard."
But our son has been drinking whole milk since he was a year, and eats 3 meals a day with a few healthy snacks interspersed throughout the day.

Alissa - posted on 07/14/2010

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My daughter weighed 19 pounds at her 1 year checkup (she is now 3), and the doctor says it's completely normal. I think it all depends on how much the child weighed at birth.

Stephanie - posted on 07/13/2010

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I don't know that eating non stop
Is really a good idea either I would try 3big balanced meals and 3 snacks at structured times. Some times people who graze all day burn the calories of faster than those who don't because they are taking a little burning it off and taking a little more. I would try fattier foods too for a while, like eggs sausage, bacon pastas. As always add new things slowly, but he is old enough for some of these things now. And be patient his body is still changing very rapidly. In the next year and a half things will slow down a little and that is when you will start to see him put on more weight

Christina - posted on 07/13/2010

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I was 18 pounds at 1 year and my sister was only about 15 1/2 pounds!! I'm 5'3 now and about 115 lbs. My daughter's were each around 20 lbs at a year. They probably would have been even smaller, but my husband is really big!

Heather - posted on 07/13/2010

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I would put him on the whole milk..ad maybe the pedisure....as for the butter..I think that is stupid. Butter does exactly the same thing to children as it does to adults! If he is active and eating he will fill out, but if he is not eating this is when I would push more balanced meals in a day then pushing crap like butter just to fatten him up. We complain about child obesity all the time and now we are worried about active and slim...hmmm this sounds odd to me! Every kid is different but I will tell you that he seems to be a good weight for his age as my DD is 3 and is just now 31 lbs and VERY healthy... I would not even be concerned at this point!

Dana - posted on 07/13/2010

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My daughter weighed 21lbs and 30 inches at her 1 year check up on June 7 and her pediatrician said she was at a normal weight for her age. Its only about a 3lb difference so I wouldnt worry too much about it. He will gain weight in his own time.

Ashley - posted on 07/13/2010

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My son is the same way! He is 18 months old, 33inches tall, and 23lbs! His weight is in the 5-10 percentile. He eats very well too. My WIC office told me at his 1yr checkup that he was on the verge of being underweight, but his doctor told me it's nothing to worry about as long as he was eating well, it's just in his genetics (as I am tall & thin & so is his dad). I wouldn't worry about it too much. If I feel like my son isn't eating like he should (every once in a while) I'll give him a pediasure. Don't let it stress you, may just be in his genetics if you and his dad are slender!

Andrea - posted on 07/13/2010

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My son is 5 months old and weighs 19 pounds. He was also 9 pounds 12 oz when he was born. By 4 months your baby should have doubled his birth weight and by one year he should have tripled it.

Courtney - posted on 07/13/2010

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I have a 3 year old daughter that only weighs 28 and a 4 year old son that weighs 35 but they are very healthy, just small like me. every kid is different and as long as he seems healthy in every other way, he'll catch up one day in the weight and height depts.

Preetishivkamat - posted on 07/13/2010

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1 year should approximately weigh about 20.9 lbs to 22.7lbs.

Do not allow him to eat food continuously, as that is called GRAZING. They do not put on weight. As body consumes the Calories to burn the food taken in.



Pediasure is good suggestion. Give him avocado milk shake, healthy n nutrituous.



Your child should be active thats more important. Engage baby is some play once he eats one meal n before the second one.





regds

Preeti

Candace - posted on 07/11/2010

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my oldest daughter is a little girl, she is two and only weighs 24lbs. our ped. told us not to worry about it. she is eating and playing, and as well told us that we are that big of people so way would our child. i believe adding the butter to things is a good thing, as well as the milk. Try avacado!! Good fat!!!

Gena - posted on 07/11/2010

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Depends on how big he was at birth. My dr told us the general rule...was that they should double their birth weight at 6 mos and triple at a year.

Erin - posted on 07/11/2010

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Yeah, Doctors can make you feel panicky if you're not sure. Dont forget that being in the 2nd percentile is still within a normal range! If your child is eating a good range of foods, has energy to play, is generally happy with life, not continually ill etc etc that's probably a better guide than statistics!

Paula - posted on 07/11/2010

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Hi Mallory!My son was on the smallish side too at a yrold,not quite 20lbs.My doctor recommended next step formula and pedisure until he was 2 but my son wasnt having any of it.My son is also a all day eater like yours so i'd say as long as he's eating/drinking and is healthy dont worry.My son is now 2 and weighs 25lbs and counting.His favorite thing to eat:peanut butter&jelly on whole wheat bread!Your boy is doing just fine!

Paula - posted on 07/10/2010

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You have to look at your family and how they are, my son is 5 1/2 and weighs 37 pounds. As long as he is getting nutritous food don't worry about it. Mine are picky eaters and I look for one good meal a day and I am good. Kids only eat when they are hungry, but if they eat too much it is our jobs as parents to watch what and how much they are eating. Good luck !

Heather - posted on 05/14/2011

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oh i would not worrie about how much you 1 year old should weigh.my 1 year old is 17 pounds in they act like its back as long as he is eatting just fine

Amber - posted on 07/15/2010

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My son was 18 lbs at 1 yr. He is now 2 and is 22 lbs. We took him to a specialist and he said he is fine and healthy. As long as he stays on the same growth curve he is fine. Before 18 mo it is normal for babies to cross %. Meaning they can be 50% one time and then 25% the next time. After 18 mo age they should stay about the same % and as long as they are doing that they are fine. Don't worry yourself too much about how much your baby should weigh. I don't believe the double the weight by 6 mo thing. My son was almost 9 lbs at birth and is a little guy.

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My daughter was 18.5lb at 12 months. She is now 18 months and weights 24.5lb. I had some difficulty when she was younger with her weight because of birth control pills slowing mil production and overall having a baby with a high metabolism. The reason I was going through issues with doctors and what not is because she dropped from 25 percentile down to 15 percentile. After I got off the birth control and she started eating solids, she gained her weight back and was at the 25 percentile again.



I don't know what percentile she is in now, I wasn't told this time. But I assume its fine as nothing was said to me. I was told it is a change in the percentile that they are worried about. If your son didn't chance to a lower percentile then I think it is just your doctors opinion on the matter. As soon as she went back up to the 25 percentile and didn't go back down, they left me alone.



If you are concerned because of what the doctor said told you, get a second opinion on the matter. Health nurses are a good place and you can ask how much your 1 year old should weigh. They also have info pamphlets and sheets they can give you too.

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