I'm just wondering...

Savannah - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be a year old on the 1st and I was wondering if it was bad that she doesn't even weigh 20lbs. I keep reading things with children younger then her that weigh 20+ lbs and I'm starting to think I'm doing something wrong. I mean I feed her as much as she wants and she has snacks in between her meals, but she's still so small. Is this ok that at almost a year old she only weighs about 18 lbs???

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Kristina - posted on 11/09/2009

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At one my second only weighed 15 pounds! As long as she's staying on track for her growth curve no worries, the doctor would tell you if her growth dropped off, but just ask to reassure yourself. Think of it this way less weight to carry when she wants to be held. My third weighed 26 pounds on her first birthday, my oldest 19 pounds. She'll get there eventually, just keep feeding her healthy foods.

Rochelle - posted on 11/07/2009

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If you are worried I would ask her pediatrician! They would be the best person to tell you if it is ok or if you should be concerned. She might just be a small child! Are you and her father petite people? That could explain a lot too! As long as she is eating healthy foods and is not complaining of being hungry I wouldn't worry to much! But like I said and many other have check with her pediatrician. I am sure she is fine!! Good luck and hang in there.

Wendy - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son is 13months and only 21 lbs, he has a cousin who is 14months and well over 30! I am very small and petite (which runs on my mothers side), and my sister is tall and big boned (runs on my dads side). My son is taking after me, and is just a smaller person. My nephew is definitely taking after my sister, and he looks like a 2-3year old!

Summer - posted on 11/07/2009

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yes!!! its perfectly normal! if anything was wrong the pediatrician would let you know!! A friend of mines 5 year old is very small and can still fit in a graco snugride 32.... so its not bad its just her!!

Iris - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son was so small too. He ws born a couple of weeks early. She will eventually put on weight. My son is now 15 is weighs 150 pounds and is five foot eight.. She will grow and gain weight eventually.. U will know when she is going through a growing spirt, she eats constantly. And when she starts doing that, let her eat as much and she will gain weight ... And if ur that worried about her, take her to the dr...

Cory - posted on 11/06/2009

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Dont worry! My little girl is 15 months and just hit 20lbs. She is tiny. Dont worry about it. If you saw how much food my girl can put down you would be shocked that she only weighs 20lbs. She eats and eats. If you didnt know that i feed her, you would think she was starving. But shes not just wants to eat EVERYTHING, but doesnt gain any weight. I think mostly it is running around everywhere, and i do only feed her nutrious foods. She loves her veggies.

Julie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi, If she is growing at a constant pace, be it slow or fast, and the Doc thinks she is fine, don't worry..I have 2 boys and at a year old my oldest was 27 lbs, my youngest was less than 20 lbs. My oldest boy grows like a bad weed, he's now 8 years old, a little over 5 feet tall and weight about 100lbs of solid muscle.... my youngest who is now 3 years, weight 32 lbs and is a short stack...what can I say all kids are different and mine get the same nutrition and come from the same genes, its all the luck of the draw...don't worry, love your daughter as she is and don't take the guidelines seriously they are just guidelines not fact! enjoy!

Patricia - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi Savannah,
It sounds like you are feeding her enough...but just to be sure check with your pediatrician. My little girl will be one at the end of the month and she only weighs 16lbs. She is super healthy...very active and eats almost constantly..my pediatrician says she just burns through the calories. Also, she has always been slim...from day one...she has been in the 95th for her height but only the 5th for her weight. Good luck...I know how hard it can be..I get people asking me all the time if I am feeding her...I am always like..you come take care of her...she will eat you out of house and home. lol...good luck. Try not to worry if she is healthy otherwise.

Kate - posted on 11/06/2009

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My daughter is three years old and my 18 month old son out weighs her. children grow at their own pace. If she is eating regularly you shouldn't have anything to worry about

Skeeter - posted on 11/06/2009

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Please just enjoy your little person!! She will grow, don't worry! My daughter was 21/2 before she reached 25 lbs. She stayed right around 20lbs forever it seemed.

Cara - posted on 11/05/2009

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My 3 year old ways 27lbs. and my second daughter who is 21months ways 26lbs. Each kid is different.

Sarah - posted on 11/05/2009

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My oldest daughter only weighed 19lbs at a year old. Her Dr told me that was fine. as long as she is healthy and doesn't look sickly, and is following a nice growth curve (you peds office will have this) My oldest is now 2 and only weighs 26 lbs, she's just a little peanut, but is following a consistant growth curve.
I wouldn't worrie to much.

Cherise - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son will be one dec 23 and weighs 17lbs but he weighed 1lb 6 oz when he was born. It depends on how tall she is. What does your docter say about it. They would be the best person to ask. What kind of formula you use could of played a role in her weight gain as well. And if she is getting her vitamins. If she is eating, and getting her vitamins and nutrition, then I think it is fine. Some babies are just little. Also how big was she when she was born?

Diana - posted on 11/05/2009

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My three year old only weighs 32 lbs. Considering most two year olds weigh this much, I tended to worry. Then my doctor (who was also my husbands doctor) let me know that my husband was always under the average while growing up. It has a lot to do with family genes. Was any of your family real petite when little? If so then your little one is just like them! Never worry unless her eating habits change dramaticly!!!

Heather - posted on 11/05/2009

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Its perfectly fine. My son is three and still under 30lbs He ways about 28. We had the problem of the car seat thing though when he was a year old because he was too tall for facing backwards but didnt weigh enough to face forward because he was well under 20lbs. Some kids are just smaller than others.

Danielle - posted on 11/05/2009

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My daughter turned 2 on the 22cd and she weighs 22 pounds. She's always been on the small end of the growth charts. I know I feed her well and she has plenty of snacks so I'm not worried about it. You shouldn't either. We should be glad our daughters got great metabolisms!

Melissa - posted on 11/05/2009

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i think every child is different and i have a nine year old daughter btw and she weighs 43lbs lol drs say shes totally healthy then her four yr old sister wieghs in at 35lbs so id say it depends on the persons own matabolism and how active they are.... I know both my girls are very healthy from what drs say so i personally wouldn't think you have an issue but if it concerns you too much talk to her dr and see if that helps you..

Hellen - posted on 11/05/2009

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I had the same issue with my first baby he's always been thin and he still he eats plenty and is growing so its not much to worry about. with him it seems like he keeps stretching and just has a hard time chatching his weight up with his hight but so long as you keep seeing her even if its slowly but steadly growing she's fine. My son has always been on the lower end of the weight chart for his age and is completely healthy he's 3 in Jan and has only had a mild cold once. I have my second little one who just turned 1 on nov 2 and weighs about 22 lb so every baby is different and grow at their own pace

Rachael - posted on 11/05/2009

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As long as your pediatrician says your daughter is fine than she is. Girls are usually petite anyway. My 16 mo. old son is technically underweight but he is very tall for his age so he equals out in a way. I say if she's eating well and seems content and happy, then there's nothing to worry about.

Caryn - posted on 11/05/2009

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Its completely FINE. As long as she is growing and not loosing weight she is probably just fine. My son was 18lbs 10oz at his last check up (about 3wks after his 1st bday), my dd was 23at her first bday. Babies grow at different rates there is no right or wrong weight for your child.
Keep an eye on her eating habits and her wet/dirty diapers. If you are worried talk to her pedi but I'm sure she is just fine.

Kryss - posted on 11/05/2009

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Wow this sounds so familair! My son was weighing 17 lbs at 2! i was worried all the time..! now hes 10 and only weighs 48 lbs....and almost 4 ft! hes a lil guy and very active!..pediatricians told me he has a high metabolism.....not to wrry hope this helps!

Christine - posted on 11/05/2009

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Is she breastfed or is she on formula? That will def make a difference in looking at a growth chart. Was she a preemie? As long as she is continually gaining, I don't think you should worry.

I know my son weighed 20 or 21 lbs around his first birthday. He is 18 months now and weighs about 25 or 26 lbs. I know he is growing well, he nurses on demand, eats like a hog, but is also very active.

Maybe incorporate more good fat into her diet? Avocado, flax seeds, whole milk yogurt and cheese, hummus, olive oil...

Lisa - posted on 11/05/2009

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If her Doc is not worried then you shouldn't be. My youngest just turned 1 in Oct and she was 4 weeks early and she now weights 23lbs, I have a girlfriend who has a little boy who was born only 2 days early, he was also born in Oct. and he only weights 19.4lbs and his doc says he is fine for being a 1 year old. If you are really worried give your doc a call and see if you can come in and talk about your little one.

Sara - posted on 11/05/2009

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Ask the pediatrician. They have a growth chart... and it doesn't go on how much they weight, but on a growth curve. Some children are just small, as some children as just big. My daughter is in the top of the chart, where as my son is in the bottom. But it goes per each individual child, and as long as they stay "on their curve" they are fine.

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