I have a four month old who is 100% in her weight, she is very healthy but I am concerned that she is eating to much. Should I be concerned about this?

Tara - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I just started her on rice cereal. It seems that formula just doesn't hold her long enough during the day. She sleeps through the night, which is great, but I am unsure if I am feeding her to often.

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User - posted on 07/01/2009

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All 3 of my children were tiny when they were born then very quickly the weight piled on, they all turned in to really cute chubby babies who you just wanted to pinch there cheeks haha, but once they started walking it fell off,

so dont worrie as long as baby is eating the right stuff xxx

Anaquita - posted on 07/01/2009

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Don't be, they need the extra fuel for their growth spurts. I'd stick to breastmilk or formula till she's older, though at 4 months isn't TOO bad. Just avoid soy milk. >.< Anyhow my kid has always been in the 97th percentile in height and weight. And at the age of 5, he's growing like a weed, and I bet by 6th grade he'll be taller than me. Some kids just grow faster like that. And unless your doc has a concern by it, then she'll be fine. And I believe the 100% is still in the healthy range. It's when they're far under or far over is when they start to worry.

Mary - posted on 06/30/2009

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I wouldn't worry. My daughter has always been in 90th percentile of her weight. She is now 14 months, and is in 18 month old clothing. Some kids are just bigger, but that doesn't mean they are not healthy. We always used to worry because she ate so much, but now she doesn't eat anything. Don't worry. Your baby is beautiful.

Kerry - posted on 06/30/2009

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i kno exactly how you feel my son is 3 months old and at 95% i am just about to start on rice cereal... my doc told me that as long as he is hungry within an hour or so of eating an 8 ounce bottle i should feed him cereal... and as often as he wants it give it to him...her growing should taper of when she gets a little older.. my little guy is wearing 12 month clothes and as i said is only 3 months but as as long as they are happy and healthy we should just be happy for them

Anna - posted on 06/26/2009

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Unless her doctor says something about it, you shouldnt worry. My daughter is in the 97th percentile for her age and she is 7 months. She has been chunky since she was about 3-4 months BUT once they get a little older and more active, she will start toning down and growing into her weight. You shouldnt worry. I started cereal when my daughter was 6 weeks to help her sleep through the night so I dont think its to soon for you to start.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/26/2009

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you can never feed them too much!!.. at least that's what my mom tells me.. my son is 16 months old.. and he ate a lot at that age too.. i call it the fatten up before the walk.. once they start crawling and walking the burn off that extra fat and sometimes eat a little less.. or on the go like my son.. if she is hungry feed her.. i wouldn't worry about weight issues for awhile.. hope this helps.. GL

Kate - posted on 06/26/2009

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She is probably going through a growth spurt which is very common at this age- that's why she is hungry all the time. Feed her when she is hungry and don't worry about the weight. She will have the rest of her life to worry about that... babies should just be babies!

Pililani - posted on 06/25/2009

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As long as you consulted her pediatrician about her weight and eating habits then everything should be fine. My son is a big boy, 28 lbs at 9 months. He has always been a good eater. He gained most of his weight during his first 5 months. He was 25 lbs at 5 months. So 3 lbs in the last 4 months is a big difference. I was hard to fill him up in the beginning. He started on cereal for dinner at 3 months, fruits and veggie baby foods at 5 months and he ate three times a day. He is a big eater still, but now that he moves around so much he doesn't gain weight like he use to. Once he starts to walk he will definitely slow down in the weight area. My daughter was a big baby too but by the time she was three years old she was an average little girl. You have nothing to worry about as long as your daughter is in a healthy weight. Once she starts moving around she will either lose weight or gain slowly.

Rebecca - posted on 06/24/2009

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In think Mum's know their baby better than anyone else no matter how bad people may make you feel. If she is content and happy with you giving her Rice cereal (which you can buy from 4 months anyway) then go ahead. I did what they say "as the right thing" with my first daughter (who is now 2) and didnt start her on anything until the recommended 6 months but with my second child (now 1) I started her from 3 months due to her always being attached to the breast and never seeming happy enough and I notuced a change! Your doing the right thing but I have always said "there is neither a right or a wrong way to raise your own child. Another thing is maybe she is having a growth spurt so she seems to be eating more, but from Mum to Mum, I wouldnt be concerned, it sounds like your doing a great job!

Charlie - posted on 06/24/2009

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my 7 month old is 100%tile in weight and 97%tile in height he dosent have one roll on him the midwife told us not to worry he will most likely keep growing on that scale and will more than likely be over 6 foot !

Ashley - posted on 06/24/2009

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My 3 month old just eats all the time, it seems like a lot to me. Some babies are grazers who will have a bit here and a bit more there, it can make it seem like they are eating too much. Eve just snakes on her bottles, its a rare occasion that she will finish a bottle in one go. Unless she gains way too much weight or the Dr's are concerned its just the way she eats.

Lisa - posted on 06/24/2009

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My five year old daughter has been like that since the day she came home. She even recently developed a habit of comming in to our room and night and asking for a pb sandwich and glass of milk. She is a fine weight, maybe even a little thinner than some kids in her class. I wouldn't worry about it especially when they are just kids, and thier weight is undercontrol. If you are worried just speak to your Dr. good luck, I wasthinking about buyin a share in the grocery store lol

Sarah - posted on 06/24/2009

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Yeah it normally depends on the doctor and which percentile the baby is in. My second son weighed 9lbs 11oz and was 22 inches long, and he was early!! Now every dr appointment, he is above average. I was concerned about his eating, too because he was eating 6oz bottles every 2 hours for the first few months! The dr said it was ok, but had me start him on the jarred foods and it helped a little bit. He said as long as my son was growing in height AND weight, that all that food was fine. The only thing to watch out for is if your baby is gaining weight, but not getting taller. Then they may recommend something else, so they dont get too overweight. I know some people who say dont listen to the doctors, but I definitely listen, they have a way of always being right, at least in my situations anyway.

User - posted on 06/24/2009

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If the doctor isn't worried you shouldn't worry. Babies thin out quite a bit when they start moving and start first foods (because they have less calories and fat than breast milk and formula). Your baby is at the age to start introducing first foods gradually, unless the doctor objects.

Jackie - posted on 06/24/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it now. they grow so fast, i would wait a few years and then do something about it. All you can do now is make sure you feed her alot of fruit and vegetables. My oldest barely eats anything but he is 97% in height and weight, my 14 month old, is a bottomless pit and is 95% in height and weight. Don't worry hon. As long as they are happy and full, that is all that matters.

Jill - posted on 06/24/2009

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If she seems hungry, feed her. She probably won't over eat. Most babies are high in the percentage for weight when they're little and then around 9-15 months (with all of mine, and most moms I have talked to) they start to thin out a little, because they're more active. Hope this helps!

Natasha - posted on 06/24/2009

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Hi there,

I've been feeling the same way, my son is almost 4 months and i started him on rice cereal about 5-6 wks ago and he's now eating pureed vegies and fruit! He seems to want more and more solids! But as my mother said to me, it's only normal for bubba's to be chubba's it shows that they are healthy and getting all the nutrients they need! Mind you my son was 8lbs 6oz and 52cm long born! When they start to move around they'll lose that excess body weight! Funny thing i work in childcare and already new all that but it's different when it's your own child! aslong as you, bubz and the doctors are happy then i dont think you have anything to worry about!

Auri - posted on 06/24/2009

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hey same here, my baby girl is 6 months and 3 weeks and weighs 18lbs 5oz. at a month she was eating about 3 oz every 3 hours. then at 3 months got to 4oz every 3 hours. since she was 5 months ive been putting cereal in her bottle with formula. but the doctor says she is fine. she has been in the 100th percentile since she was 2 months old. now that she turns and does the military crawl a lot she hasnt gained so much weight like she usually use to. i wouldn't worry too much.

Christine - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son was the same way, he was in the 90th for the first 7 months, when he began to walk and also when he stopped nursing, the weight just fell off, since then he's been at the 50th and very healthy. In his older chubbier photos i almost don't recognize him.

Ez - posted on 06/24/2009

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At this age it is perfectly reasonable that a baby still be fed on demand, though you can see your formula packaging for the recommended daily volume. My daughter is almost 5 months old, was born 9lb 6oz and has never been down further than the 97th percentile. There have even been times when she's been off the chart completely for several weeks.


Babies come in different shapes and sizes, and if you daughter was big at birth it stands to reason she'll still be on the top end of the charts now. The main thing is that she's following a curve and gaining at a reasonably consistent rate. If you have serious concerns though you should speak to your doctor or baby nurse who I'm sure will be able to reassure you.

And how often are you giving the rice cereal?? If you've just introduced it you might want to limit it to once a day for a couple of weeks. But again, speak to your doctor/baby nurse about introducing solids.

Sarah - posted on 06/24/2009

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I would say if the physicians she sees doesn't say anything she is good to go:) My son went from 6lbs 1.4oz at birth to 17lbs at 2mnths.....yeah WOW is what I thought to. Breast milk will do it. I had the same problem with him, didn't seem like he was getting full and staying full. I put him on the next step in the food group for infants(oatmeal, barley, fruits & veggies) and he seemed to do fine. You may want to check with her doctors before giving though, because his doctor told me children are ready when they are ready, kinda like potty training, and they'll let you know if they don't like it. When or if you start her, don't go buying a whole lot just enough for her to try. Good luck:)

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Hey mom, if doc is ok with it, then you should be too, don't be affraid to ask your pediatricians opinion, but you have to do what you feel is right in your heart for you and your baby, you may not always agree with your doctor.

My son has been over 95% (in both height and weight) since birth-he is 9 months old now and the size of an 18 month old! Some babies are just bigger than others...we are just lucky to have healthy babies. ;)

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