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View Poll Results: What do YOU consider to be a "big" baby?
6 lbs + 0 0%
7 lbs + 1 0.45%
8 lbs + 2 0.89%
8.5 lbs + 8 3.57%
9 lbs + 81 36.16%
9.5 lbs + 34 15.18%
10 lbs + 72 32.14%
10.5 lbs + 11 4.91%
11 lbs + 15 6.70%
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:17 PM
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Under 7lb is small
7lbs-9lbs is normal
10lbs + - woah, that's a big baby

DS was 7lbs 10oz and DD was 8lbs 8oz. After having DD, I realized that a 9-something baby really won't seem that big. I still think 10lbs+ would seem big though.

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Old 10-30-2010, 02:44 AM
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I think 9lbs at birth is "big". maybe 9.5

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I birthed two 8 lbrs, one 10 lbr, and one 11 lbr- so I think 11 lbs is big, but under 10 to me isn't big.

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My son was 9# 2 oz, and his head was big. But, since he went to NICU, he looked huge compared to the little ones in there; it was a level 3 NICU so there were 2# babies all over the place. I'm pretty sure he was the only 9#er, and one of the nurses jokingly asked me if my baby ate one of the other babies!
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A lot of people have commented on my latest being a big (as in huge) baby. He was 8'10. I consider big to be the better of 9.5, so it's always met with surprise from me.

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i voted 9lbs+.
i have three kids, my daughter who is almost 12 now weighed 8lbs 14oz, my first son who is 9 years old weighed 9lbs 14oz and they were both born at 39+2 by C-section. my son looked so big in comparison to the other babies in my room (5 women and their babies share one room) that is why i picked over 9lbs.
my third child, a son who is 28 months old now, weighed 9lbs 4oz when he was born at 36+1 by emergency c-section. he was heavy but didn't look big. probably because he had little chicken legs and skinny long arms.
my sister's babies were all under 6 and a half pounds and they look so fragile that i'm always afraid to pick them up until they got a bit older and had some meat on their bones.
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I picked 10+. Both my sister and I were 9lbs 4 oz when born, so babies that size have always been normal to me.


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eek, well my ds was 10.4 and he was still so tiny to me so i'd say anything over 10 just because of the reactions we got lmao. he had the longest legs, honestly that last week he put on a good lb.

my dd was 8.4 born at 40 wks. not too tiny and super sturdy

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I think of between 7 and 9 pounds as normal. I would think of 6 pounds as on the small side, but not very small. Over nine pounds I think is big, but I wouldn't think, "holy, cow, that's BIG" until baby was like 10 1/2 pounds.

I'm pretty sure, though, that 7 1/2 pounds at term is actually average, in the general population.

The average size has increased though with changed recommendations about maternal weight gain, and with the awareness of the importance of not smoking. My mom will tell me that in the 70s, most of her friends (and she) were having babies about 6 pounds, and considered that good-sized. An 8 pound baby would have been regarded as HUGE. But they all smoked through their pregnancies, and restricted their weight gain to no more than ten pounds.

I'd rather have big babies. Mine were all smallish, and I think bigger babies (assuming they're healthy-big) seem to have less trouble with alertness and learning to nurse, etc.

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11lbs + Is what I decided as a big baby, my second was 9lb 5 and I kinda thought that was big but I have heard more and more of 10 pounders. I think a 7 lber is normal, over 9lbs is a 'good' sized baby but 11lbs +is definitely big...... Maybe it depends on what size babies you have birthed?????
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In my husband's family, 8 lbs is the norm, and I personally know four women (at least) who have had at least one 12+ lb baby. All vaginally. MIL's first--FIRST!!!--was 5 kilos. That's 11 lbs. That is nearly twice what my mom had for her first baby, though MIL is much bigger boned than my mom. I voted "10+" because I know a lot of women that have eight or nine pound babies, but all via c-section because the doctors don't believe it's possible to birth a 10 lb baby.

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I was 9.5lbs at birth. I've always thought that anything over that was big. DS was 8lbs, 3 oz and I honestly thought he was pretty small. I was expecting to have a 9+lber based on how big the babies in my family tend to be. Guess he was evened out by how small the babies in DH's family tend to be!

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Old 10-31-2010, 12:21 AM
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Big to me is over 10 lb. and my dd was 10 lb. 6 oz. and 22". She didn't fit in any newborn clothes and was so sturdy. I had the "family record" until my stsister had a 10 lb. 13 oz.er! When I see a 6 lb. baby it seems really small to me.

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I meant to add this the other day-- I've never had a baby and I haven't spent much time around newborns, so I think my perspective is informed by that. IOW-- I was thinking more about how the numbers "sound," and not how babies of those weights look, etc. I think that goes for a lot of the population-- since almost half are men and many (men and women) have either never had kids or haven't been around many newborns within, say, the last 5 years.
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I remember thinking my 8 lb 1 oz baby was big, but she was also early (I was 37 and change). I wouldn't say 8 lbs was big in the abstract, though--I'd put it around 9.5 - 10lbs. Definitely, anything over 10 is wow, big! I've seen an 11 lb newborn and that is for sure a BIG baby.

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I answered 11lb +

Both of my babies were in the 10 pound range. DS1 was 10lb, 6oz and DS2 was 10lb, 1 oz.

Yes, they were big, but fortunately I didn't have any complications due to it.


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all of my sibs were in the 8-9 lb range, except for one who was 10+. so for me, i was expecting a baby in that range. mine was 5lb 10oz (and 5 weeks early), my sister's was well over 10 lb.

to me, a 10+ baby is pretty darn big. not crazy huge until you get to 10.5 or 11 lbs though. and under 6lbs is teeny tiny to me. my baby fit in preemie clothes for the first month at least. i wouldn't bat an eye at being told a baby weighed in the 9lbs range though... even though i know a lot of people would consider that massive.
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I think over 10 is big.

I've had two 11 lb babies (11, 1oz, and 11lb,14 oz), who were both huge. My middle son was only 9lb,7oz, and he seemed like a peanut. Everyone around me thought he was big, but I knew different. LOL. All about perspective.
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DS was 7lbs 15oz and 21 in long. People kept saying how "big" he was...I didn't see it that way.
yeah ds1 was 7 10 but then again he was 36 weeks lol ds2 was 9 3 and dd was 8 3
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9 lbs + is big to me. 7-8 look normal. My kids were all in the 6 lb range and they seemed really small. They chunked up fast, though.

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My daughter was 8 pounds and so many people said how big that was, I just think it was normal. I just had my son less than two weeks ago and he was 11 pounds and 3 ounces and I do think that is big. He is the biggest baby in my family, but is as healthy as can be.
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In my family, full-term babies always come out 6 and a half lbs. So my baby was "big" at 8 lbs and 10 ounces. That also sounds big if you take into consideration that I was 117lbs pre-pregnancy and built small.

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IME anything over 9 is seen as a big baby. dd was 8 lb 9 oz, ds was 9 lb 2 oz and everyone thought they were huge. They were both long at 22 inches too though.

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For me 9+ is a big juicy baby. Little babies make me nervous to hold, I might break them! DD was 9.5 lbs and I was coerced into a scheduled cesarean, won't do that again.
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My biggest (first) was 7 lbs. 13 oz. and my smallest (last) was 6 lbs. 11 oz. I voted big is over 10 lbs. My youngest brother was 11 lbs. 10 oz., which meant he looked more like a 2mo than a newborn. He couldn't wear any newborn clothes.
my dd was 11 lbs 10 oz! And 22.5 inches. My ds was the same length, and 12 lbs. Ds was solidly built (still is, he is 7.5 yrs, 80 lbs, and 4'8") but dd had ROLLS on her back and thighs. Oh my. Lol. Dd is now tall and slim, narrow-framed. Looking back, tho ds was the heavier babyh, dd was definitely the fatter baby - ds is built big while dd is built tall and slim....she just porked up in utero lol
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:04 AM
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Whenever I hear about anyone giving birth to a baby 10+, I`m just thinking Ouch! 10+ is a BIG baby.
About 4 Kg is not uncommon, but about 3,5 Kg is the average I think.

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