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I have a daughter who is almost one. She is happy, healthy, almost walking by herself, and eats like a horse! The trouble is, she is only like 16 pounds not too tall. She was a big baby at birth and she has had three surgeries on her eyes which is always what I chaulked up her small size to. Now that we are nearing her first birthday, I'm starting to worry. I am a worrier by nature, but is there anyone else out there that has had little babies like this? I remember there was a tread that went around a while ago. I couldn't find it when I searched though. Oh, and she is co-sleeping and breastfeed (but she also eats a lot of solids, no meat though). Any ideas?
 

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DD was 14 lbs at one year. About 1.5 years she started really taking off, and even got kind of chubby for awhile. Now she is leaning back down - she's 32/33 lbs at 30 months. She's healthy as a horse and was never sick a day until after she weaned.<br><br>
DS is 9 months and about 15 lbs. I found feeding him yogurt and small amounts of raw goats milk helped him gain a little faster, but he still grows slower than "normal".<br><br>
I've charted their growth and their pattern is identical. I think this is the way some babies are. Incidently, I stopped going to the doctor both times, because they start fussing about the weight.
 

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THanks 2bluefish, your post made me feel more confident. When did you start feeding meat?
 

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Probably not til closer to a year with dd - with ds (9 months) I just started giving him teeny tiny microscopic pieces of chicken. Around a year dd took off really eating pretty much everything we ate. I'm really cautious about choking myself, because dd did choke (for real - not breathing) a little over a year when we were letting her eat a broken up taco. She was a very impulsive eater and would just cram her mouth full and not chew the food well. It was scary to have to do the Heimlech!
 

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My daughter is 11 months tomorrow and weighs 17lbs and is 30inches long. She's an excellent eater now, but had some problems w/wt gain when she was 4-7 months old due to reflux pain...
 

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I've never had a doc say anything about either of mine, ds's first was a ped, we switched to FP at a year. DS was always 25th or less for weight and around 50th for height. I know he did not hit 20 pounds till he was over a year.<br><br>
DD is currently 3 1/2 months, last time I weighed her (actually on her 3 mo b-day!) she was 10 lbs 11 oz. Up exactly 4 lbs from birth. We were at a new moms thing, she was the oldest baby there (one like just a couple days younger, the rest I think were all Feb. babes and younger) And there were babies heavier than her--the ones closest to her age were all heavier, one by a couple pounds even!<br><br>
but she (both of them) are healthy and thriving, that's obvious. DD is like 10th percentile for weight, but she always has been. There are 2 things to remember about those charts--one is to make sure they're plotting your baby on a BREASTFED chart as there are now 2 different ones. (formula fed babies tend to be heavier) The second is the point is not to be high on the chart, it's to follow the same curve. SOMEBODY'S got to be on the low end of the growth curve. As long as that's where they've been all along, it's normal and healthy for them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My DS#1 was tall but very skinny (he was a preemie too). At 1 year, he was just shy of 20 lbs. In the next year, he really took off. Now he 33 lbs. At 2 years, he was up to 75% for weight, when he was on the low end of the chart at 1 year.<br><br>
Some kids are just small though. How big are you and your DH? And what were your growth patterns as children? I found that DS#1 actually followed my growth pattern *exactly* (like just about to the oz) comparing his adjusted age to my actual age. It was amazing. And when I was 9 months old, they had diagnosed me as "underweight" (although with today's charts including bf'ing babies, it wasn't considered underweight anymore - I was breastfed). I'm tall and always was tall, but I didn't weigh that much when I was a baby. Likewise, DS#1 was tall (DH is 6'5", and I'm 5'9", so we expect tall), but very skinny.
 

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I have two skinny babies. My DS is 9 1/2 pounds and my DD is just barely 8 pounds; they're two months old. That puts DS at 10th percentile and DD at 3rd percentile, but they're following their own little curves just fine on just my milk and luckily my ped believes wholeheartedly in breastfeeding. So I try not to worry; but DD especially makes me nervous sometimes. My first DD was that size AT BIRTH, and was 14 pounds at two months old, so I'm not used to such tiny little ones.
 

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Thanks for this thread! DD2 is a peanut. She's 9 mos and weighs 14 lbs, however she is perfectly healthy. She eats like a champ, breastfeeding and solids. I started her on meat at eight mos, and now she eats everything we do<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .
 

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Evan was 18#5oz and 27.75" at 1. He was 23# at 18 mos and now at 29mos is only 24.5# and 34". Ilana is around 13.5# at 6 mos, but is up from 9#13oz at 4 mos. We had some supply issues that really made her weight stall. She's supplemented now, but is still far from big. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Mine aren't all <i>that</i> thin but I just wanted to chime in. Someone else said as long as they are healthy and thriving not to worry. I agree.<br><br>
DS was 8.6lbs at birth and was a slow gainer for awhile. I worried even though he was and is healthy (I can only imagine my worry if he had been my first child - I thought DD was soooo skinny . . . double chins and all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) People always comment on how tall he is - he's of exactly average height. I think this is partly because he's on the thinner side (so he looks longer) and partly because I am tall. He also eats a lot but (apparently) has been blessed with a fast metabolism, cuz he sure isn't gaining all that quickly.<br><br>
My DD on the other hadn was pretty chunky but dropped in the percentiles (from like 75 to about 25) from 6months to 1 year. I guess I'm saying they all grow at different rates and we have to accept it (I'm working on this - my family is huge, the shortest is 5'8" - the next shortest is me at 5'10 and the rest are over 6ft with the tallest at 6'11! It boggles my mind that my children are average - I was convinced they'd come out of the womb the size of a 9 month old).<br><br>
A long post just to say, don't worry too much about it as long as she is healthy.<br><br>
Sara
 

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Hey mamas...<br>
Just wanted to say there's a whole tribe of mamas with skinny beanos <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=92716&page=16" target="_blank">here</a>. And, coincidentally, there's a great piece in this month's Babytalk magazine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> by a mom of a skinny kid. The message is basically to try to relax and not obsess about it.<br><br>
Right! Easier said than done!
 

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FWIW, my DD is about to turn 1 yr. & she's another 16 pounder. Always been 5th %, Dr. was fussing a bit about weight dropping off charts @ 10 mo., but she did start solids at 8 months (plus some formula, due to my supply drop - I'nm preg), still nurses a lot, eats plenty, is *very* active; DH & I aren't real big people either, so I'm not too worried - I remember not weighing 50 lbs until 8 yrs old (& having trouble with those "you must be this tall to go on this ride" things at amusement parks), so I probably wasn't big as a baby.
 

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I think I had a post disappear - weird... I just chimed in that my kids both were born in average %, and then went completely off the growth charts around 3 months, even the bf chart. They maintain a steady growth pattern, but much slower than "normal", and the about a year and a half dd skyrocketed back to 50%. When you think about it, it is unbelievable that all children would grow at the same rate just following their curve.
 

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Both my kiddos are skinny minnies, my almost 7 yr old is 46.5 inches tall and only 39 pounds and the baby will be 11 mo next week and she's 27inches and 15.5lbs naked but FTT due to feeding issues so I don't think were any help to you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks all for your responses! I feel more confident going to Clare's 1 y.o. well-baby appointment now (oh how I hate these)!
 

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My dd is very small framed she's been like that since a baby. She's now six, will be seven in June.<br>
She weighs around 40 pounds. She was 36 pounds at age 4 1/2. So since then it's only been a 1-2<br>
pound gain a year, but she also eats very well, and is growing.<br><br>
When she was a baby (I can't remember exact weights it seems like forever ago) I couldn't turn<br>
her car seat around until she was 16/17 months old. She didn't weigh enough. She looked like a<br>
doll with her thin limbs, but has always been very active runs not stop all day long, and is healthy.<br><br>
Some are very small, my best friends sons are HUGE. But they're height/weight is very healthy.<br>
They don't look overweight, they just look older. Her 3yo is the same size as my dd. <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 just turned 2 and is barely 21 lbs.... She is bf'ed and eats like a little pig so I think it's her non-stop energy that burns it all off, she's solid muscle. I used to worry but because she's very happy and healthy, I don't anymore. I guess she's just a small kid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My ds is a little guy. He's 15 mos and 21 lbs, 30.5 inches. It wouldn't phase me except that his big sister is 3 (just turned) and has always been above the 100th percentile for height and is 37 lbs. They were almost exactly the same size at birth, so I just assumed he's be big, too.<br><br>
We actually get comments from people from time to time, saying he's so little to be walking. They think he's less than a year old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm savoring his smallness, because with dd, she grew so fast I didn't feel like I had a "baby" for very long.
 

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My DD was 19 lbs 8oz on her 1st birthday. She's the 25th percentile for weight but the 75th for height so I think it's mainly because she's going to be tall. My husband is 6'5 so that makes total sense! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I did notice that DD started gaining more weight when I started her on meats at about 9 months. She doesn't have it a lot but I try to put chicken in with pasta or give her fish or lentils once or twice a week. My doc told me that breastfeeding and ensuring she has protein 1-2x a week is key and that if she's having that, she's fine, even if on the 'skinny' side.
 
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