What is a normal average weight for a 1 year old? My daughter is tiny and the doctors are scaring me saying she's too small for her age.

Tiffany - posted on 08/25/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 18 lbs. 10 oz. and the doctors are concerned about her weight. She's been going in every month for 2 months to see her pediatrician for weight checks. I don't want them to think we are not feeding her because she eats good. I'm trying not to worry but they said they would have to do blood work if she doesn't start gaining weight.

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Rachael - posted on 08/25/2011

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first of all BREATHE Dr.'s scarred the crap out of me too. First off how big was your daughter when she was born? secondly is she active/developing appropriately? Ask them what exactly they are looking for ask to see her metabolic screening results from when she was born. Do some research as well. What does she eat? Does she have a big appetite? My son is small, he was 7lbs 11oz at birth and grew "normally" until about six months when he began to crawl, cruise, and walk in a whirlwind of activity. I was going to get his weight checked every other month and realized it was just stressing me out. I asked the Dr. if my son was healthy, "yes" then why am I here? He told me that Alexander was not heavy enough I kept a food diary for Alexander as well as an activity diary and handed it to the Dr at the next visit and told him that if he was worried about my son's health by all means run tests or something, but DO NOT just scare me for no reason. My son is now 28months and weighs only 24-25 lbs depending on the day, but he is a healthy ACTIVE 2 year old. Over the past 10-20 years the size of babies and children has increased along with the corresponding child obesity epidemic. As long as your child is healthy you may need to tell the Dr. to get off your back =) good luck!

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I was 13 pounds at 13 months. My son was 13 pounds at 2 months.... Kids come in all shapes and sizes and as long as they ARE growing... and are healthy, meeting milestones, etc.... their actual size should not be a big concern.

Your op kind of makes it sound like she's not gaining any weight and that's what the doctor is concerned about....

Tiffany - posted on 08/28/2011

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Well she had only gained an ounce at her last appointment so she's gaining, just not much. She's very energetic and happy all the time and she hasn't lost weight so I guess I will just keep doing what I'm doing and wish for the best. She doesn't really like whole milk which is what the doc says she has to drink until she's 2 so I mix it with Ovaltine and she likes it that way. Thanks everyone for all of your support and suggestions. Much appreciated!

Mary Renee - posted on 08/30/2011

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I don't think that 18 lbs 10 oz is too small! In fact, if you look at the center for disease control graphs, the important thing is that she is consistently gaining wait. It looks to me like she's in the 25 percentile so if she's been in the 25 percentile her whole life then she should be fine.

Also, how big are you and her father? If you're both small people your child just might be a small person too! I don't think 18 lbs for a 12 month old is a big concern as long as she hasn't LOST any weight.

Jenni - posted on 08/30/2011

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I think in cases of lower weight children they just want to be sure there's no underlying medical issues. There's a good chance your daughter is just petite but as health care professionals, a red flag like being underweight could be due to a medical issue. They have a responsibility to ensure your daughter is healthy.

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Tricia - posted on 01/28/2014

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my daughter is 12lb somethin an is only one year,the doctor did blood an her blood an ion are low im so scared about her weight,dey makes me sound lik im not feedin her she was wared in hospital for a week.im really concern about her

Rachael - posted on 08/30/2011

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Tiffany, My son NEVER liked whole milk, but he would drink 2% so that is what I gave him (whole milk is only 4% milkfat) I figured 2% was better than nothing as he wasn't drinking the whole milk at all. also he LOVES yogurt cheese and avocado which are all good healthy fats. Even though my son is tiny (2 years old and 24-25lbs) I refuse to feed him tons of junk to try to pack on pounds. Alexander also tends to graze at breakfast eat a larger lunch and a few snacks and a smaller dinner. I think it is a good idea to see when your little one WANTS to eat her metabolism may be different than yours. Alexander starts most days with a banana and some yogurt followed by a waffle or a mini bagel or cereal and a cup of milk and water. then he likes a morning snack a few hours later with crackers cheese and fruit and water for lunch he has soup and a protein and bread of some kind and veggies then a snack with fruit and a "treat" (cookie or animal crackers or cheese) and then dinner of whatever we are eating usually veggies, starch protein... sometimes I feel he eats all day, but when he isn't eating is is on the go go go. follow your mommy instincts and feel free to message me if you have any questions. =)

Sara - posted on 08/30/2011

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my daughter was the same when she was 1. she is now 3, will be 4 in january and just hit 30 lbs. she hit 20lbs a few months after her first bday and pretty much stayed there.

Alicia - posted on 08/30/2011

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i was told something like tripled birth weight by 1 year! :) hope this helps.

Kelsey - posted on 08/29/2011

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When my daughter turned one...i am almost positive she was around 19 pounds. She just turned 2, and only weighs 22!! It really is true, they gain all that weight their first year of life.

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My daughter is only 21lbs at 21 months, she is above average in height. My nephew is 29lbs and he is only 14 months. Kids come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they set their own curve. If shes hitting all of her milestones, and is thriving, i wouldnt worry.

Maggie - posted on 08/29/2011

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My son was about that too at 12 months, and almost 21 months he is now 29lb and on track with the weight scale. So don't stress. If your daughter is happy, healthy and developing on track im sure there is nothing to stress about

Lacye - posted on 08/29/2011

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I don't think you have too much to worry about. My daughter was about the same size when she turned a year old. I would suggest going to another doctor and asking for a second opinion.

Michelle - posted on 08/29/2011

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my daughter was 4 lbs 13 oz when she was born.. she is now almost 3 and only weighs about 22 lbs.. and she perfectly healthy so dont worry!!

Stifler's - posted on 08/28/2011

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If they're full of energy and happy I'd say they are fine. My son wouldn't eat a damn thing at age 1 and it went on for a few months and he's 18 months now and he keeps growing despite hardly eating anything.

Melissa - posted on 08/28/2011

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My son who is going to be 1 years old at the end of next month is a pickie eater. At his last doctor's appointment he only 20 pounds. I have tried and tried again to keep feeding this baby food and other foods and he refues to eat the baby foods. He just started daycare and I figured he might eat the baby food with her. She told me he will not eat the baby food. We tried other foods and he will only eat when he wants to. It could be your daughter could just be a pickie eater!

Rosie - posted on 08/27/2011

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all 3 of my children are small for their age, and in dealing with their small statures of have found that doctors are generally more concerned if the baby is in the 5th percentile or less, AND if they are losing weight. your baby falls into the 5th percentile, but if there are no other problems and if she's falling into her own growth curve there is no problem.

all my children were around 16 lbs at age 1, and they were all born 8 or 9 lbs. they are small, actually my middle boy is growing like a weed now, he's "normal" , and my other two are teeny tiny. my oldest child is 11 and he may need growth hormone treatments, he had a test done on thursday, we'll see here in a few more days if he does, but he is excessively small. he's 4' 3", and 61 lbs. my 6 year old like is said is now "normal" and my 4 year old is teeny at 27 lbs. but he is following his own curve, and is gaining weight. so he's fine as well.

Kelsey - posted on 08/27/2011

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Thats exactly what I meant,....being steady on the growth charts and not seeing a huge decline in growth is the most important thing! I think your daughter will be ok...just make sure she gets fed healthy foods with protein and fiber! Maybe she will just have to be on whole milk until she is 5, that's not so bad! =)

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My daughter was born right on average at 7lb 7oz and at a year was exactly 19 lbs. Like Naomi said unless she stops gainning or is losing weight there isn't really a worry.

Kelsey - posted on 08/27/2011

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at one, my daughter was about 18# as well. But she was born premature, so the doctors have never been too concerned of her weight or height on the charts. They just say that they like to see a slow or steady climb on the charts. Good luck and keep me posted, interested to see what will end up working or happening!

Naomi - posted on 08/26/2011

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Every time you go in has she ever stopped gaining or lost?? My son was always bottom of the charts and there were a few times we had to go to a specialist to get him checked... but it was never more than a conversation because he never actually stopped gaining, even if it was a few ounces. As long as she's not going backwards, she's just a petite girl and you shouldn't worry. but if she's losing.. then get the tests.

Jennifer - posted on 08/25/2011

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In my experiance doctors can be pretty silly. I've had them freak out over nothing, and also begged them to listen to a real problem! If she is active, healthy, and progressing normally, then don't stress. Ask the doctor what he thinks may be wrong, and what the blood test are for. Ask him what he thinks your daughters weight should be. If it's only about fitting on chart, don't worry! My daughter is also undersized, she's ten and weighs the same as her six year-old sister. Not a big deal! She is very healthy! Just ask your doctor more questions, oh, and look at your family, any of them tiny?

Rachael - posted on 08/25/2011

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so "most" babies tripple their birth weight by 1 year. so that may be why they are stressing, because sadly most Dr's go by the textbook and not the realization that all children are different. good luck to you! (btw, even though my son hasn't gained a single pound in his second year at his 2 year check up the idiot doc told me that he was "right on target" lol =)

Tiffany - posted on 08/25/2011

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Thank you so much Rachel for those encouraging words! She was 7 lbs. 10 oz. when she was born. She doesn't have a really big appetite but I would say she eats good for her size. She loves fruits and vegetables. She can't really eat alot of meats yet but we do give her some here and there. She likes mashed potatoes and rice. I mean all of the average normal stuff. It's funny because my best friend's daughter is a month older than my daughter and she just hit the 20 lb. mark and her pediatrician hasn't said a word about her weight! I'm just gonna try to relax and know that she is ok. She is perfectly active and healthy like most 1 year olds. Thank you for your reply. It was much needed and appreciated!

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