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Tiffany - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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MY daughter is about to be 14 months and i was wondering if i should be concerned she only weights 18 lbs. I hate when everybody says how small she is i feed her but she just isnt gaining any weight. Please give me your opinion

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Traci - posted on 06/18/2009

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Just as long as your baby is eating a variety of healthy food throughout the week and your doctor is not concerned with the curve of her growth chart, your baby is just fine. My first two kids were always larger than normal but my last only weighed 18lbs at her 12 mo checkup. Every baby is different! :)

Nicole - posted on 06/18/2009

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Every child is different. I think little babies are just as cute as chubby babies and the ones in between. If she is eating enough and otherwise happy and healthy I wouldn't be worried. Just enjoy her while she is little because no doubt she will get bigger. :)

Andrea - posted on 06/18/2009

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I understand how it is to be worried about weight of you baby. My daughter was born almost 10 weeks early so she was pretty small at 3 lbs a 5 1/2 oz. She is now a healthy and very active 14 1/2 month old. She is really tiny at 19 lbs and 30 inches tall. I always get ppl saying she is about 9 months old! I am always worried about her weight gain but I have learned that as long as she is happy, healthy, and doesn't look or seems sick most of the time she is okay. My husband and I were small and tall as infants/toddlers so sometimes it is just genetic!

Katie - posted on 06/17/2009

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I wouldn't be concerned if you doctor isn't.My son was only 25 lbs at 18 months and I thought that was small.As long as she is eating well and the doctor has no concerns I wouldn't either.

My daugther at 4 months weighed 12 lbs 15 1/2 oz and my son at that same age weighed 15 lbs 5 oz. and they were both born at 7 lbs. 13 oz. So it all depends on your child, not everyone is the same and the " average" weight is just the average!

Christal - posted on 06/17/2009

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when my daughter was born she weighed 7 lb 10 oz. they told me they wanted her to be at 12lbs by month 4. whenever i had her weight checked the doctor would tell me she was in the 25% percentile. by 4 months she weighed 11lb 12 oz...just under. 12lbs. But she takes after my husband, and she is just going to be a tall skinny girl. sometimes its just genetics and you can't help it. cause trust me she can eat!

Amber - posted on 06/17/2009

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Quoting Heather:

I searched online and found that the average weight is about 22 lbs for a 14 month old child. So, no I don't believe that she is that underweight. Also, you need to look at her weight ration compared to her height. Speak with her doctor for more detailed information! Hope this helps

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Heather is completely right on the weight ration thing! People consider my daughter BIG! because she was 9lbs 14oz at birth and is now 14lbs and is only 3 1/2 months old. However, my daughter was also 22" long at birth and is now 26" long and growing! The child isn't fat, because her waist barly fits into anything. For the longest she could wear newborn waist but needed 3mo length, and now she is a 3mo waist but needs 6mo length! It's really difficult. Every baby is different, and I hate it when people judge my child. Don't let this bother you. If your baby looks healthy and is eating great, and your doctor isn't worried? Who cares what people say!

Jen - posted on 06/17/2009

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Quoting Frances:

I agree if your doctor isn't concerned than I wouldn't be either. I can relate but in the opposite way. My son is almost 8 mnhs old and is 27lbs and I hate how the first thing out of everyone's mouth is "omg he's sooo big or even worse fat". He is on a rigid feeding schedule and I never feed him more than every 3hrs. I increased his ounces very slowly and only when I could tell that he needed more and I still hear "what are you feeding him and all that nonsense." keep your head up and know that just asking the questions shows your an excellent mom and your daughter is in great hands


My friend had that problem with her son and still does. He's 20 months old and weighs 35 lbs which is more than his almost 3 year old big brother. People always comment on how big he is, but he really doesn't overeat at all. In fact he's a very picky eater. Some boys were just made to be big. I always say he's going to grow up to be a famous football player.

Jen - posted on 06/17/2009

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My daughter just went for her 18 month check up and was only in the 30th percentile on weight and height at 24 lbs and 31 inches. She only gained about a pound and a half from 15 months to 18 months. All babies are different. My friend's little girl is 15 months old and still in the infant carrier because she hasn't hit 20 lbs. yet. There's only a concern if they don't show any weight gain or lose a lot of weight in a short period of time.

Stacy - posted on 06/17/2009

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I would not be concerned but this is coming from a mom whose daughter just turned 12months and only weights 16lbs 7ozs :)

Frances - posted on 06/17/2009

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I agree if your doctor isn't concerned than I wouldn't be either. I can relate but in the opposite way. My son is almost 8 mnhs old and is 27lbs and I hate how the first thing out of everyone's mouth is "omg he's sooo big or even worse fat". He is on a rigid feeding schedule and I never feed him more than every 3hrs. I increased his ounces very slowly and only when I could tell that he needed more and I still hear "what are you feeding him and all that nonsense." keep your head up and know that just asking the questions shows your an excellent mom and your daughter is in great hands

Abby - posted on 06/17/2009

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my son is nearing his first bday, and ive just bought his party outfit, and it's 6-9months and the trousers fall off him. he's not underweight at all but he's incredibly skinny, so all his trousers fall off! speak to ur dr if ur worried! x

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2009

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Don't worry about it! When I was 2 years old, I only weighted 18lbs and people used to say the same thing to my mom. They always said that I looked like an infant walking around. But, the doctors said I was healthy as a horse! And here I am today 22 years old with a 6mth old of my own! As long as your doctor says she is healthy, don't worry! :)

Tierra - posted on 06/17/2009

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Don't worry my little girl was that little at that age and she was a very picky eater. I gave her poly vi sol (vitamins) to help with nutrition but as long as she continue to grow and not regress than I wouldnt worry. (That is what my doctor told me). :)

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If she is following her own curve then don't worry about it.(And especially if she isn't losing weight!) I would rather have a little bit smaller child than too big since all these kids who are overweight and obese for there age. If she is healthy, you don't have anything to worry about. You are your childs first doctor and if you feel she is healthy, I wouldn't change a thing you are doing! They start getting picky with food about 18 months so they tend to slow down a lot then too! Good Luck!

Heather - posted on 06/17/2009

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I searched online and found that the average weight is about 22 lbs for a 14 month old child. So, no I don't believe that she is that underweight. Also, you need to look at her weight ration compared to her height. Speak with her doctor for more detailed information! Hope this helps



Heather Wisconsin

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If your doctor isn't concerned, then don't worry about it. Some people just have small babies. My neighbor has a little girl who's about to turn 1, and weighs less than my 6 month old! Everybody's built differently.

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