Is My Baby Too Heavy?

Danielle - posted on 04/08/2014 ( 49 moms have responded )

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My baby is almost 4 months weighs 20 lbs was 6 lbs 6 oz at birth. Constantly hungry.. Should I start him on baby food.... Diet..help!

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JaineenBurkett - posted on 04/08/2014

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Check with your child's pediatrician. I started my children on baby cereal at 5 months. Do not put the cereal in the bottle put it a baby spoon and let the baby numb at it. This will allow the child's jaws to get stronger. Ask your pediatrician first. To blessed to be stressed.

Rachelle - posted on 04/13/2014

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My son was 20 lbs at 4 months. He was in a real car seat at 4 months because of his weight! We used to call him the "mini-Michelin man." I didn't think anything of it and neither did his doctor since I was exclusively nursing. He would eat every 2 hours...like clock-work! But once he started walking, he burned it off quickly. I miss those rolls! He is 9 yrs old now and is very healthy. He is wearing a size 10, sometimes even an 8, depending on the brand. So personally, as long as you are feeding the baby age-appropriately, then I would not worry. Once they become active, it will burn off. I did not start my son on solid foods until he was 6 months.

Kallisti - posted on 06/03/2014

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you can. they dont recomend it and if you do id say stick to the plainest of foods like mashed rice. my fist son had to be fed ....hes fine no adverse reactions but i didnt feed him anything but rice and oats. very simple food. i also used alfalfa sprouts and seeds in my own diet which enriches the mothers milk to make it thicker ..that might help. theres also hungrier babyfeed. feed him as much as he needs when he is hungry dont put any restrictions on his eating theres no such thing as a fat baby...unless its got a glandular problem. your baby sounds fine. you could also try using a different milk formula sometimes some kids need a nutrient more than otehrs and will eat to get the extra..it could be he needs extra iron or some otehr nutrient that there isnt enough of...so the moire he eathim anything exotic whatsoever. just

Andrea - posted on 04/16/2014

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Don't worry about his weight at this age. My son was about the same and was 30 lbs. at a year. He's now 10 1/2 and only weighs 64 lbs., so obviously it's not an indicator of how he will be later on. I don't know that I'd start food this early, as it's usually not recommended. Like others have said, consult your pediatrician before giving him anything new.

Jessica - posted on 04/15/2014

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Go to his doctor and ask him/her but him being only 4 months I wouldn't recommend feeding him any food and please don't put infant cereal in his bottle he can choke...

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Jenni - posted 6 days ago

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At 4 months you can introduce rice cereal. What type of milk are you feeding him? Honestly the weight shouldn't be a concern to you, his being hungry and dissatisfied should. His body knows what it needs. I exclusively breast fed all 3 of mine, they were much larger than many other babies. My second (7 years old now) was off the charts in height and weight. Then by her 9th month she was in the 93rd percentile for height and still off the charts in weight. Mind you, the first few months she did eat more often than formula fed babies because her body could digest and process it quicker. With formula babies I'm not sure, but I do know that babies know what they need (I would just make sure it is hunger and not another need that you are pacifying with a bottle). Not every cry is a call for food. Listen to your gut mommy, you know best! Even if you can't put your finger on what it is, you will still know something is not right. And never hesitate to ask ask ask, I have learned from experience to never give up! My second started having blood in her stool at 2 months old. One doc told me to quit nursing her! Idiot! I switched docs. The next one couldn't figure out what the problem was. He had me to change my diet. After a month of not knowing I was losing too much weight (only eating raw fruits and veggies). He kept assuring me nothing was wrong because she was otherwise healthy and gaining weight great. Finally I was in there more than twice a week (he quit charging me) and he sent me to a GI specialist. Long story short it was thrush that had made it's way into her intestines. We got it all cleared up after that visit! I say all that to tell you that you need to listen to your gut, your mommy instinct. Make sure it's hunger, babies love to suck....even if they are not hungry, because it soothes them. :) I rambled, sorry...hope it helped.

Ar - posted on 08/12/2014

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Nothing wrong with giving them a little cereal if they are that hungry let your doctor know why you did it (my oldest was drinking 8oz by the time he was 2 months) babies are meant to be chubby and you feeding him now is not going to cause him to be obese later in life!
NEVER NEVER NEVER put a baby on a diet though

Shannan - posted on 07/14/2014

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NO! My children were both heavy babies, in fact my youngest was very chubby when he was a baby and now he's a healthy 80lb 9 year old, he's not over weight nor under weight, the only thing I suggest is feed your child healthy food and make healthy choices. My peditrician also suggest with my youngest to put him on a "baby diet" hell no, babies need to eat! Just stay away from junk food, and fast food, your baby will be fine.

Rita - posted on 06/21/2014

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To be safe talk to your pediatrician. My first baby cried day and night. After my night help left (2weeks) I had to use my intuition. Formula didn't calm my baby so I fed him a formula-thinned cereal (a bit like a shake) in a baby bottle suction tube (feeder). He was a sucker and worked hard for his meal so I had to enlarge the nipple hole with a sterile needle. He sucked a tiny bit, was satisfied, stopped crying and slept. He woke every 4 hours instead of 1 or 2. Slowly I increased the amount of cereal when he seemed to need it. My doctor was surprised but didn't ball me out. He smiled and said I was a natural mother. That was 44 years ago and today he is healthy, happy, strong, and excited about being a dad.

Eronne - posted on 06/20/2014

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I wouldn't be too worried about the numbers but the fact that he's always hungry should trigger some common sense. I know today's moms and doctors are all saying no food but as I often say in my posts, we are a resilient species and the popular advice isn't etched in stone.
When a baby is hungry I think he should be fed. All three of my children wanted more than milk at about a month. I used a hot needle to enlarge the whole in their bottle (breast milk but formula would be fine) and I added a teaspoon of rice pablum. It changed our life in each case. My babies slept through the night and were very content.
I'm happy to say they are over 20 and strong and healthy and rarely, very rarely were sick.

Vanessa - posted on 06/02/2014

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have a baby who is gonna be 5 months and weights 13 pounds it all depends on the baby dont worry about it im sure he is a cute baby and health as any other good luck :}}

Sandra - posted on 06/01/2014

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My baby weighed 19 lbs at 4 months now weighs 23.5 lbs and is 8 months. He is sooo cute. love his cheeks. Am I worried about his weight... nope. Does he need a diet...hell no. Danielle you shouldn't be worried either. I am sure your baby is healthy and cute as ever. At the end of the day there is a reason why the doctor checks our babies. If your doctor hasn't raised any concerns with you, why stress about his weight. Do not put him on a diet. He is just a baby :)

Doctors use standardized height, weight and head circumference charts to ensure your baby is within a healthy range. He is just on the higher range for weight. My son has been exclusively breastfed all this time and began solids at 5 months because he was ready. I focus on providing nutritious meals and not on the weight. Yes he is now wearing 18 month clothing and is just 8 months old but guess what who cares. He is healthy and happy and thats what matters.

Marcee - posted on 05/28/2014

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My son just turned two months old and weighed 15.4 lbs yesterday and 25 inches long. He was 8.9 and 21 1/3 at birth. Doc said he's perfect! It goes by the height I think. They see where their height and weight match up on the chart. But don't worry babies are meant to be chubby :)

Carrie - posted on 05/26/2014

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I ask the same question, my little guy is 31/2 months and weighs 17.5 and is 25 inches long, my doctor said if your breast feeding 100 % never worry until they are one year old. Even with me do 50% breast milk and 50% formula she said not worry.

Elanda Moira Atencio - posted on 05/19/2014

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My doctor said a 4 month old baby should weight between the min and max of 8 to 12 pounds.

Chelsea - posted on 05/16/2014

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Ask your Doctor, but in my opinion, no. My son was almost 30 lbs at that time. He was 11 lbs 10 oz and 23.5 inches long, born at 37 weeks. He's been right at around 40 lbs since he was 12 monthsd started walking at 9-10 months. All babies grow differently and at different times

Amanda - posted on 05/15/2014

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A 4 month old baby that weighs 20 pounds is NOT underweight! Especially since her child was 6 pounds at birth. They should double their weight by 6 months and triple by a year.

Tricia - posted on 05/07/2014

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Talk to your pediatrician. Babies are supposed to double their weight in the the first six months, and triple it in the first year - but all babies are different. My daughter is only in the 5th percentile for weight, but very healthy. A lot of it has to do with genetics. Just check with your doc to make sure he's getting the appropriate amount of calories and nutrition, and you aren't overdoing it on anything.

Brandy - posted on 04/28/2014

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my little girl is now 19 months old and weighs 2 stone which is 28 lbs. She is on target for her age.. but slightly under for her height... shes tall and is in 3-4 years in a lot of clothes. she weighed 8lbs 1 ozs at birth so was not a small baby. Does he not have wellness checks? we have a red book that measure babys growth and weight and the HV would be able to advise you best on how much he should be weighing. how long is he?

Tena - posted on 04/16/2014

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Asking the mom and mother in law are not that bad of a suggestion along with asking the doctor. You all lived inspite of doctors telling us to put kids to sleep on their tummies or sides depending on when between the 90's and 2000's the kids were born (my kids range from 21 to 4). The mothers would have the knowledge on how their children were as babies and bigger babies tend to have bigger babies. And even though they say "back to sleep" for the past few years (at least 6 that I know of) they still put a lot of the babies to sleep on their tummies in the hospital when my daughter was born and in NICU despite telling the parents to put them on their back. Also the babies around that age (4 months) are learning to roll over and what are you supposed to do if they roll on their tummies (or sides) when they are sleep, wake them up to roll them back? Once they are able to roll over they are capable of turning their head to keep their airway open.

Valerie - posted on 04/16/2014

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My son was 22lbs at 14 weeks and strictly nursed. We say that he skipped chubby and went straight to fat! lol :) Once he started crawling and walking he slowed down on the weight gain and slimmed out. He is currently almost 7 and perfectly "normal" size. If he is gaining weight from his bottles or nursing then he is gaining it in a healthy manner and there is no reason to be concerned. Simply make sure you aren't feeding him baby food fruits or giving him juice as those are high in sugar content and not a healthy way to gain weight. :)

Sonia - posted on 04/16/2014

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Only 20lb? Honey, there are perfectly healthy, on perfectly healthy weight at 20 lb and just 2 months old! For goodness sake, if your baby is 4 months old, only weighs 20 lb and is hungry, get first foods and feed your baby first foods! Your baby is rather ideal weight to bit underweight! NOT FAT! So give your baby first foods and breastmilk on demand and your baby won't be hungry all the time and gain some weight. Just don't force feed your baby, only when baby is hungry till baby looses interest, NO SUGAR! Then your baby will be just fine! Babies that are overweight are given sweets and food with sugar and forced fed all the time every day, and you're not doing that, so stop stressing! Your baby is just fine! Good luck!

Whitney - posted on 04/15/2014

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Posts like people saying you should give you infant aspirin is why you shouldn't be asking an online forum and talk to an educated pediatrician. People used to think women were possessed when they had their period. That doesn't mean you should listen to everything they have to say. That's what doctors go to school for. To learn the best way to raise a child in today's world. Not because of hear say but because of tests, experiments, proven statistics, and debating with other educated individuals. Go to your doctor if you have questions that's what your paying him for.

Dawn - posted on 04/15/2014

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Ask your mother or mother in law over your pediatrician? That's horrible advice. They had us when babies were put to sleep on their stomachs!! We now know that increases SIDS!!! My mother fed my daughter an aspirin!!! Talk to your pediatrician or do your research at places like the American academy of pediatrics!

Loretta - posted on 04/15/2014

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If the baby has allergies, the sooner the baby is introduced to the allergen (cereal), the nastier the allergy is. Please talk to your Dr.

Ashley - posted on 04/15/2014

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My son is in the 95% for weight. He's 5 months old, weighs 21lbs 4oz and is 26in. HE was 7lbs 9oz at birth. He's built stocky like his father.
Our health care provider was concerned at first, but once she saw that he's meeting all his milestones (rolling over, sitting up) she didn't seem concerned because he's active.
She also wait out and NOT start on food till 6 months old
If your baby is hungry, feed them. Once they get mobile, they'll lose some Chub :)

Sheila - posted on 04/15/2014

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Please talk to your health professional. The guidance by the World health organisation is to wait until as close to 6 months as possible before starting solids. Up until then breast milk or formula has all that a growing baby needs. It is never advised to give a baby solids before 17 weeks. Their GI system, kidneys ect are too immature. 6 months is when the ability to sit up supported is present for longer and when a baby is developmentally ready to chew and swallow solids.

Saph - posted on 04/15/2014

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Is he breastfed? My babies are always big. They constantly nurse. My daughter was wearing 18 month clothes by 8 months, and now she's 22 months and still wearing the same size clothes! Once she started walking, she didn't gain any wait for over 6 months. My new baby son is 8 weeks old and 14 pounds and I expect he will be like his big sister. I wouldn't worry about any of that baby fat. It is perfectly healthy and oh so cute. By the time he's 2 or 3 he would have most likely lost most of that baby fat. So enjoy it (:
Most pediatrician's suggest to wait until 6 months for any kind of solids.

Debbie - posted on 04/15/2014

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One doctor my tell you one thing and another doctor tell you something else. If he is happy and doing great, I would give him a little cereal in the night and then later twice a day.

If your own mother or mother-in-law are around ask them. They raised you and daddy. Sometimes that is better than asking a stranger.
The internet is good for information, but as mothers we can also trust our own instincts or gut feeling.

Tena - posted on 04/15/2014

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Talk to your pediatrician. He could be totally fine. My son was 20 lbs at his 16 week well check and the doctor was fine with it. We did not change his formula and he was not started on baby food until 6 months old. He was taking at least 8 oz bottles every 4 hours at that point and was just destined to be a big boy. Even now he is as big as a teenager and is only 9 years old. He was a 35 preemie and was 4 lb 1 oz at birth.

How big were you and his father at birth and are either one of you big now? That all comes into play. My kids dad was a 10 pounder and is now 6 ft tall, so it is a given that his kids would be on the larger side and they are.

It is not always about the child's weight on a whole. Is he still on his normal growth curve or has that change indicating that there could be a problem? He could just be in a growth spurt.

Karla - posted on 04/15/2014

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Hi! I am in your boat. At 4 months my baby was at 18.2 lbs. The Dr. Said its ok and we started 1st foods. At least our babies are healthy!

Loretta - posted on 04/15/2014

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Not until you talk to your pediatrician. Other people mean well, but they don't take responsibility when their advise goes wrong. There are allergies to consider, immature
G I tracts, gerd (reflux). Talk to your Dr. please.

Whitney - posted on 04/15/2014

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I would talk to your doctor. From what I've seen online they say even at 6 months a babies digestive tract still may not be ready to be able to process food. That's why you keep them on formula or breast milk until then. Both my nephews were 10 lb babies and both are tall and slim. They are around 10 now. My oldest nephew was reading and doing simple math BEFORE he got into kindergarten. All babies are different it's not about weight it's about giving them the nutrition they need to grow. Deprive them of the nutritriants they need like folic acid and you're doing more harm than good.

Jessica - posted on 04/15/2014

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I would ask my doc first because he is only 4 months but I started my son on cereal at 5 months and him being 20pnds already don't be too concerned once he starts to crawl,walk,and run he well lean up!

Karla - posted on 04/15/2014

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No don't worry at all. My 5month old is outgrowing 6-9 right now. Dr says some just grow differently

Leslie - posted on 04/14/2014

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I did cereal one month after baby was born. She was fine. Big baby. 9, 1 and now 41 inches and only three. Daddy is tall 6` 5.

Chidinma - posted on 04/14/2014

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Al moms have advised well.Babies needs al the fat for their brain cells to develop properly.so no worries keep feeding little bubba,its al he needs now.
Cheers

Justina Oleru - posted on 04/14/2014

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My baby is 17months old, when he was 4months old he weigh 20lbs. and that was pure breastmilk. but all those fat is gone because he has started keeping himself busy.

Fran - posted on 04/13/2014

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The first foods are really to help teach the baby how to transfer the food from the front of the mouth to the back of the mouth. The main nutrition for the first year for a baby comes from breast milk or formula. Definitely talk to your dr about starting foods. The first food can also be bananas or avocado, not necessarily cereal. But, do what works best for you and your family.

Karen - posted on 04/13/2014

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Dr. Leila Denmark always had her moms start their babies on food at 3 mos. She took care of babies till she was over 100 years old and that never changed so I figure she new what she was talking about!! At this age they have the ability to digest food.

Lee - posted on 04/13/2014

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Same weight as my last baby. She put on lots of weight and was easily 20 pound by 4 months. I started her on mashed stewed pears no problems. She slimmed down when she was running around around to keep up with her big brother.

Marilyn - posted on 04/13/2014

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Babies have a tendency to get a little chunky until they start becoming active crawling and walking. Don't fret, he'll thin down as he grows and develops. Also, starting baby food too early can relate to allergies developing. Like the others mentioned, talk to the pediatrician about it. She'll probably suggest adding some cereal to his regimen soon.

Amanda - posted on 04/13/2014

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If your baby is breastfeeding, feed on demand. I have big happy breastfed babies. They do not grow up to be obese.

Rachel - posted on 04/13/2014

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Always talk to your pediatrician before making decisions, but as long as you aren't feeding him milkshakes weight isn't typically something to worry about. My nephew was perfectly healthy but weighed 30lbs at 6months...but he was also 30lbd at a year and 30 lbs at 18 months. He just gained all the weight at once and stayed that weight until his body kept up with his weight. All babies gain differently. Don't stress too much!

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