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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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#1 of 56 Old 10-28-2010, 10:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Of course I don't mean too big to birth vaginally, I just mean what you consider to be a "big" baby...not necessarily what you see as a big baby on technical terms, but a size that you hear and immediately think, "Big baby!" even if you logically know it's a perfectly normal size.

I just ask because I've found that a lot of people consider DS to have been a "big" baby at 8lb10oz....but, to me, I don't consider a baby "big" until over 10 lbs...MAYBE at 9 1/2. To me, anything under 8 is small and anything under 7 is tiny. That's just how I think when I hear of babies born at those weights. And I'm sure it's because I had a midwife who estimated DS to be 8.5-9lbs and never once said anything about him being "big" (more just "good size") or ever insinuated that I would be unable to birth him due to his size, as well as the fact that my niece was 8lbs and change...so that's what I viewed as normal.

So what do you view as "normal" and, thus, view as "big" or "small?"

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#2 of 56 Old 10-28-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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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.

Now, DH's coworker had a baby that was 6lbs and change...to me that's TEENY TINY. When she brought the baby up to work DH goes, "Aw, I remember when Franklin was that tiny" and someone turned to him and goes, "Wait, was he EVER that tiny?" DH started laughing..

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I notice that the newborn size clothing is for between 5-8lbs so I imagine that is going to be the mainstream view of what is normal size for a newborn baby. I don't tend to comment on the size of a baby unless it's over 9 or under 6 lbs. My babies have been 2lbs 6oz and 5lbs 3oz, and I'm pretty sure if M had gone to term he'd have been 9lbs-ish. We had 7 weeks left. So that's kind of what I'm expecting this time around. Before having my first, I assumed I'd have 6.5-7lbs babies.

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9.5+, or alternately 22"+. If they are born fitting into Newborn clothes, they aren't big.

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Just adding my 2 cents..... DD1 was a bit over 8lbs. and DD2 was a bit under and everyone commented on what a good size they were and I kept looking at people like they were crazy but then my neighbor across the street had a bit over 6lbs. baby girl and when i saw her for the first time when she was only a day old in the hospital and then thought back about the size of my girls at birth they DID seem huge! I have a feeling that is what most people are thinking when they see babies over 7 1/2 or 8 lbs. they are probably used to seeing little tiny 6lbers.

I have always said all my life that I don't really consider a baby "big" until they get to the 10lbs. mark and when ds was born weighing in at 10+lbs. he was definitely a big baby. Once you get to the 11lbs. mark I call that HUGE!
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10-11 pounds or bigger. I voted on 11+. Everyone in my family has 8 pound babies (I was 7 and change but my mom smoked and she is positive that is why) so 8 pounds is NORMAL to me. anything smaller feels small rather than normal 6 pounds and under starts creeping to teeny hehe.

kiddo's old ped said she was almost too big at 8 4.5. I don't remember the term he used but he was apparently concerned about babies being cooked for too long and getting too big. she was 5 days past EDD...
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I said 9.5+, but wavered between that and 10+.

I agree that the "mainstream" seems to think anything over 8 (especially over 8.5) is OMGHUGE. The mind boggles.

If I dig into my subconscious (or semi-conscious).... I think of 6.5-9.5 as "normal/average," 5.5-6.5 "as small" <5.5 as "tiny" or assume preemie. 9.5-11 is "big," 11-12 "really big," and anything over 12 OMG!!!!!!!!
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I know I thought my 6 lb. 10 oz. pre-term baby was small when I saw him next to a full term baby - she was around 9 lbs. though. Of course, he was all head and no body/butt....

My daughter was 8 lbs. even, normal size to me, and the ped. nurse in the hospital kept talking about how huge she was. Made me soooo mad!

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Since I had what everyone considers ZOMG BIG! at 9lbs 7oz and I thought that was not that big and pretty normal I'd say a "pretty good sized" baby is 9-10lbs. At 11lb or over I'd say ZOMG BIG BABY!

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I think under 7 is small, 7-9 is about average, above 9 lbs is kinda big, and above 9.5 is definitely big. (A friend just had a 10 lb baby, he was friggin huge IMHO.)

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10 pounds and up. I think length might make one baby appear larger than another, or head size, or overall chubbiness. Individual numbers don't mean a whole lot.

For example, both my babies were measured as 19.5 inches long at birth, but due to their differing features, and weight, and head size, and hair color, One was massively larger than the other, although both their weights would have fallen in the 'normal' range.

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I really think a 'big' baby is over 10, and between 8-10 is a 'good size' baby and anything under 8 I think of as small (not bad small, just little). DD1 was 10 lbs, 5 oz and DD2 was 9 lbs, 12 oz and I thought DD2 was so tiny....I kept saying that, but it must have been mommy hormones because midwife said "I don't know what baby you are looking at" and then she weighed in at almost 10lbs. I don't know...

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To me, 10+ is big. 11+ is huge.

Ds was 8lb 6oz, dd1 was 8lb 11oz, dd2 was 8lb 7oz... nice sizes.

Babies under 7 lbs are small to me.

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I really think a 'big' baby is over 10, and between 8-10 is a 'good size' baby and anything under 8 I think of as small (not bad small, just little). DD1 was 10 lbs, 5 oz and DD2 was 9 lbs, 12 oz and I thought DD2 was so tiny....I kept saying that, but it must have been mommy hormones because midwife said "I don't know what baby you are looking at" and then she weighed in at almost 10lbs. I don't know...
i totally agree! 8-10 lbs is a "good" sized baby to me too.

one of my babies was 6 lb 6 oz and 19.25" long. i thought she was teeny-tiny. dh was afraid to hold her she looked so fragile. she even fit preemie clothes for a couple months.

i think size is also relative to the mom/parents. 8 lbs may be huuuge for some, small-ish to others. variety is so much fun!

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I consider 10 pounds+ a big baby. I know many women who've given birth to babies larger than 10 pounds naturally but both of mine were 7.5 pounds.
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I notice that the newborn size clothing is for between 5-8lbs so I imagine that is going to be the mainstream view of what is normal size for a newborn baby.
What's funny about those size ranges is that NB size clothes were still too big on my 8lb 4oz surro daughter, and huge on my 6lb 14oz dd-she coulld actually wear premie clothes the first month. What to actual premies wear?

I think length makes a big difference in the apperance of a baby too. I've had "average" size babies-6lb14oz, 7lb15oz, 8lb4oz...But the 2nd one was only 19" so he looked very chubby at 7lb15oz (he was a like a little butterball, lol1) whereas the 8lb4oz baby was 21 3/4" and she looked so much smaller than #2. I was very surprised to find out she actually weighed more.

I tend to think the 7-10 lb range is normal, over 10 lbs is big, and under 7 is small. I thought my DD was tiny at 6lb14oz.

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I answered for "me" to birth:9+lbs. That is because my babies so far have been 7lb 3oz -7lb 10oz.

But when I see others babies, over 10 lbs.

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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.

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i think size is also relative to the mom/parents. 8 lbs may be huuuge for some, small-ish to others. variety is so much fun!
Yep. Both DH and I are smaller than average (both right around 5'4") but while small-ness runs in his family I think my growth was stunted. Average height in his family is 5'2" to 5'7", average height in mine is 5'6" to 6'5". This LO better take after Daddy or else he'll be bigger than us by 11 or 12 years old!

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My biggest was 10 lbs, so for me 11+ lbs starts to get to the big baby range. DS1 was only a little over 8 lbs and he just seemed so tiny. I'm not comfortable (just me, personally, for my babies) with anything under 9 lbs, I feel clumsy and awkward.

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I voted 10+. It makes me crazy that people now think 8 lbs is big. Ds3 was 8 lbs 6 oz and people said he was big. I think not. I blame it on c-section-happy doctors. I know a woman and her doctor did the 38 week ultrasound trick on her: "Your baby is going to be huge - 9 lbs - we better schedule a c-section for first thing Monday." She had the section and he was 9 lbs 1 oz. Did I mention she is 5'10"? Yeah, what a HUGE baby, he would NEVER have come out.

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Yeah, 9 pounds is NOT big. It's normal. I think 8-10 pounds in normal.

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As somebody who birthed a 9 lb baby, I personally found 9 lbs. to be a whole lotta baby to come out a vagina. I look at my clients' babies who weigh 6-7 lb at birth, and they look so nice, so easy, so...small. DS1 was 8.5 lbs, and DS2, Mr. "37cm head circumference with hardly any molding, 0-3 month clothes are mostly too small after the first week" did not make my pelvic floor happy. How that extra 1/2 lb made a difference, I am not sure, but it did. If I were ever to get pregnant again, I would make serious efforts to avoid gaining much weight in that last trimester, limit all sugar intake (even fruit), and try to grow a 7.5 lb baby. Bigger isn't always better. Not that it's a bad thing either.

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I think of 7-9lbs as normal. Above that is "big", below is "small". Not that I'm really invested in the labels, lol!
3 of kids were 7lb9oz, 7lb15oz, and 8lb10oz, so that's my norm. There's no denying that my 9lb2oz baby was big, compared to her siblings.

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My baby was only 9 lbs but she seemed huge. She had incredibly broad shoulders and looked like a little football player LOL. All of my friends babies were under 7 lbs and they were such little peanuts! So cute!

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Personally, I WANT a "big" baby-- or at least one over 8.5 lbs. Since I'll be having a HB and will be able to move naturally, I'd love to take advantage of the better positioning and gravity big-gish babies seem to make use of.
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My kids weighed 9lbs 13oz, 9lbs, 10 lbs 8oz & 9lbs 4oz. To me, 8-10 lbs is "normal". Under 8 lbs is small. Under 6 lbs 8oz is tiny. Above 10 lbs is big. Above 11lbs is really big. Over 12 lbs is OMG.
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I'm not comfortable (just me, personally, for my babies) with anything under 9 lbs, I feel clumsy and awkward.
If I had a floppy 10lb newborn, I'd probably be handling it like a turkey! I'm so used to my little 7lbers!

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I voted over 9lbs. Babies in my family tend to run big. Of my sibs, I was the smallest at 8lbs 7 oz. Both my brothers were over nine.

DS1 was 8lb 4oz, seemed a healthy size. My DS2 was only 7lb 3 oz and seemed TINY to me. I think he was the smallest baby in our entire extended family.

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I put 10lbs, but then I realized that my cousin's baby that was a bit over 9.5 seemed big to me. DD was 6lb10oz, but went down to 6, and she seemed tiny to me

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