Is my baby too fat?

Arwen - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 16 months. She is 31 inches/ 75-90% for height, and she is 27 lbs/90-95% weight. Is she too heavy for her frame? If she is slightly, what can I do to change it?



Sample menu/feeding schedule is:



08:00 - breastmilk

09:00 - one egg or a package of grits with small cup of water or juice

11:00 - breastmilk & nap

01:00 - small sandwich with 4 or 5 baby veggy puffs and water

04:00 - yogurt, about half of a yoplait and juice

06:30 - Spaghetti or Gerber Graduates Ravioli and water

08:30 - breastmilk & bed



She won't eat fruit too often, and when she does it's bananas, then only a couple of bites. She'll only drink watered down orange juice. She drinks water all day. I can get her to eat fried ocra, but no other veggies that aren't chopped up and served with spaghetti sauce or those ravioli. She can't tolerate cow milk. She only has her front teeth for the most part, so she doesn't eat much meat. Unfortunately she loves starches; potatos, breads... But I don't let her eat those all day by any means. Is there anything you can see that I can do better?

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Abbey - posted on 04/28/2009

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You are doing just fine! My son was the same way and in the last few months he has stayed the same weight and is just growing taller. It will all work it's self out. Don't worry!

Mel - posted on 04/27/2009

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sounds perfect your a great mum. mine is nearly 13 months and has breast fast 8am which is couple spoons of yogurt then formula. lunch baby food and custard then formula 12pm ; snack and then formula 3pm ; snack then formula 6 pm; dinner of vegies fish fingers , mash etc about 7.30-8pm then formula 9pm. she has regular cups of water and sometimes snacks like crackers or slices of cheese in between. sounds like yours is doing great. i only have one child so i dont know the difference of what your supposed to feed them at 12 to what your supposed to feed at 16 months but sounds like you take very good care of her! and good on you for breast feeding this long.

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she is not fat at all. she is tall. taller people waiegh more becasue they have more of a frame. she is perfectly beautiful.

Arwen - posted on 04/27/2009

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Quoting Shannah:

Juice is realy bad for kids to have more than 1 or 2 times a week. watering it don is good. But she is way to young to be drinking orange juice it is realy bad on there little tummies. It has to much acid it it for her. Just letting you know. If she dosent like fruits and veggies try these websites!!! Giveing her to much processed foods its what can make a child over wieght. Try makeing your owne food for her. its the best thing you can do for you child!!! :)http://www.deceptivelydelicious.com/site...
Good book to check out!!!

Good luck.



Well, her doctor told me to give 4 ounces a day of watered down, and that's what I do.  I get the low acid oj, put more water than juice, and she drinks maybe 1 ounce on a good day.  She doesn't like any other type of juice.  I try a different juice every few days to see if she changes her mind, and she hasn't yet.  She gives me this look of betrayal every time I do it.  lol



 



I actually do make her food for the most part.  =)  The exception would be the Gerber Ravioli.  I even bake my own bread.  Make my own tomato sauce, no canned veggies.  Fresh or frozen.  Low salt, no preservatives, and doesn't come from the middle of the store.  Shop from the perimeter and get out.  lol  You're right, it is a lot better for kids.  I used to squeeze my own juice, but it is a lot more acidic than some of it sold, so I buy that as well.  I'll check out those sites.

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My 7 1/2 month old son has pretty much the same height and weight as your daughter - and no, I don't think your daughter over weight. Anyway, 16 months is way too young to worry about dieting. The only time I would be concerned in a baby so young would be if she suddenly jumps to a higher percentage in weight, or drops in height. No worries if she's growing according to her established curve.

Marie - posted on 04/27/2009

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I think she jsut sounds healthy to me! My son is 8 months old and weighs 22 lbs. he's in the 90 percentile for his age and my doc tells me he is healthy. I was concerned about his weight too, but the doc told me kids will eventually even out as far as their height and weight goes.

Shannah - posted on 04/27/2009

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Juice is realy bad for kids to have more than 1 or 2 times a week. watering it don is good. But she is way to young to be drinking orange juice it is realy bad on there little tummies. It has to much acid it it for her. Just letting you know. If she dosent like fruits and veggies try these websites!!! Giveing her to much processed foods its what can make a child over wieght. Try makeing your owne food for her. its the best thing you can do for you child!!! :)http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn...



http://www.deceptivelydelicious.com/site...

Good book to check out!!!



Good luck.

Emily - posted on 04/27/2009

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You aren't giving her lots of crap and she is active- no? Wait and see if her weight evens out as she gets taller.

Melissa - posted on 04/27/2009

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He may not recomend it but with mine she did great with them but she was always between 5-10 percentile she was always tiny and still is but very healthy

Arwen - posted on 04/27/2009

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I get so freaked out by what my mother and mother-in-law tell me. My mom commented on her belly today during bathtime. "I don't remember you or your brother having that..." But has my mom forgotten my brother is ADHD and I was deathly ill at that age? Neither of us had fat. But of course I had to go online and look up growth charts and 95% is a lot more than the average 50%...



Lorraine: She actually never drinks more than an ounce of juice a day. Not that I don't try to give her those nutrients. LOL I'll try replacing the yogurt with soft fruit.



Melissa: I'll talk to her doc about that. I've been meaning to get some.

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2009

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No way you are doing perfect!! relax she is perfect as well my daughter was smaller but basically same diet I breast fed too my pediatrician reccomended A vitamin I chose flinstones the one for kids who dont drink dairy and I gave it to her every other day instead of every day due to you not supposed to give those vitamins until 2 years it worked perfect . Maybe ask your doctor if you are interested in that but if she is gaining weight she is probably fine

Kimi - posted on 04/26/2009

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No way would anyone have to worry about putting a 16month old on a diet. If she gets breast milk than it's ok for her to not be eating alot of fruits and vegies since she gets plenty of nutrients in the milk. Just keep trying to get her to eat the whole foods as she gets older and try meats that are easy to chew like fish, burgers, bologna and ham. She neads to be able to eat a variety of foods before you wean her off the breastmilk for good. I was a very fat little baby but now I'm on the skinny side and I was a very skinny kid by the time I started going to school so it's definetly not permenent. She'll grow out of it so just enjoy it for now cause it's so cute. Sounds like you try your best to give her a healthy variety of foods so keep up the good work.

Lorraine - posted on 04/26/2009

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I certainly wouldn't consider your daughter too fat. She is in the adjoining percentile ranges for height and weight which seems normal enough. You seem to be giving her a pretty healthy diet. If you are really worried how about starting by cutting out the juice? While it isn't bad in itself it certainly wont affect her if you don't give it too her. Especially as she is getting plenty of water during the day. Also maybe cut out the yoghurt mid afternoon and replace it with fruit. If she is hungry she will eat it. If you want to stop feeding her spaghetti sauce maybe try a vegie bake to make it interesting. As far as meat goes if you mix mince with the vegies she should be fine with it. Otherwise sausages have worked for me as they can but sucked on. I can guarentee that she won't starve herself. Once she starts moving around a lot she will trim down as well.

Brandi - posted on 04/26/2009

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My baby is only 6 months old so I'm a new mom. The way I see it is that taller people usually weigh more than average height people. I would expect a tall baby to also be higher in weight than babies her age. It just makes sense to me. If she's way taller and weighing the same as other babies, she would be really skinny. I say trust your instincts. I don't have enough experience to say how to change her diet if it needs changing. She looks adorable!

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