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We just had our 9 mo checkup and ds measured in the 5th percentile for weight. I am not so concerned about this, as he bfs frequently throughout the day and night, and snacks on solids about 3 x's a day as well. I know that he is healthy and that is all that matters to me.<br>
Dh however is slightly paranoid that we "will have a frail boy who won't eat well as he grows up". I have explained to him that this is just his genetic make-up, and that feeding him more solids (which is what he wants to do) is not necessary. We have several friends who have chunky babies, and I think dh equates that with being healthier for some reason. I also know that the charts they use at the doc don't account for ff vs bf, and I have heard that ff babies tend to weigh more.<br>
I am a bit worried that he will continue to thin out, but I really don't want to spoon feed him more solids in an effort to try and 'beef him up'. He is just now self-feeding really well, and I would like to continue to encourage this even though he doesn't eat as much when he feeds himself.<br>
Anyone else have experience with or concerned with this?
 

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My daughter had her 9 mos checkup a couple weeks ago (she was actually 9.5 mos at the time). She's in the 5th percentile for weight, but is also 50th percentile for height, so, her weight for height is actually at the 3rd percentile. (BTW, she was born at the 95th percentile for height, and the 75th for weight)<br><br>
We don't worry too much as she eats well (she gets EBM and is supplemented - has been since six days old). The only thing we are at all concerned with is if she became sick she wouldn't have a lot to lose if she lost her appetite for a couple days. Our ped. isn't worried either at this point.<br><br>
All we're doing is trying to consciously feed her more healthy calorie-dense foods (egg yolk, avocado, olive oil, etc.).<br><br>
She's ahead on her milestones, is healthy and alert, so, that's that. Someone's always going to be at the 5th percentile, and someone's always going to be at the 95th percentile...that's how percentiles work.
 

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I guess that is the thing about percentiles<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Ds is 50th percentile too for height, funny...
 

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The orig percentiles were based on mixed-feed babies.<br><br>
There are new percentiles for breastfed babies. Look at kellymom.com if you are interested in those.<br><br>
BUT the key is the curve on which your baby is growing. As long as the baby doesn't "drop off the curve" then it's not an issue.<br><br>
Avocado and olive oil are excellent foods for babies who need some extra calories. Egg yolks I steered away from w/ our family hx of allergies.
 

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You know you hear a lot of moms on here concerened about their babies being underweight, but most of us here eat healthy, no junks, organics etc.<br>
health isn't measured by weight. I was a tiny lil thing and my mom always worried. Her 9 or mine) ped told her not to worry I was probably the healthiest kid he had!<br>
as pp said, as long as curve is going, and mood and appetite is good, don't worry about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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DD was (and is) a skinny baby. I wasn't worried as long as she was breastfeeding and still growing, however slowly. We did have one period which worried me when she seemed very unsetled, didn't want to nurse and lost weight but looking back I think it was teathing. She got several teeth all at once.<br><br>
DD was never interested in us feeding her, she was a finger food baby all the way. It took a while for me to be confident that she was eating enough as it always seemed far less then others her age. However she's always been happy to eat quite a variety of foods.<br><br>
We just made sure we had lots of small snacks during the day and that they were as nutrious as we could make them. She quite liked rice cakes with mashed avacado spread on them, we also spread bean dips on them.<br><br>
She's 2 1/2 now and some days will eat everything in sight and ask for more, other days only a few bites.
 
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