Baby Too Heavy

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bluebutterfly - January 4

My ds is 7 months old now, and has always been a big boy. He was born at 8lbs 13oz, and 22 inches. Most people thought this was somewhat unusual because I am uite small, and my husband is average. And neither one of us were big babies. Well, he's continued to grow at a fast rate, both height and weight. He had a check-up with our doc yesterday, who mentioned that he felt my son is too heavy. He is now 22lbs 3oz, and 28 inches. However, he has not gained any weight in 3 weeks. He wants me to take him to a nutrinalist.......I think this is weird. I told him what I feed him, which is 24oz of formula per day, and about 6tbsp of cereal and 9tbsp of veggie/fruit. I will also give him a few snacks like a baby mum mum, or a cherrio. Plus, I make all his food, so I know it has no extra sugar, salt, etc. So I am a little mad about this now, becuase what can they possibly suggest? Should I feed him less? I did not think that was a lot, plus he didn't gain weight last month, so is he suggesting I try to make him lose weight?

 

kimberly - January 4

My dd is 4.5 months and is 17 lbs. 5 oz. Your son sounds to be right on track, my dd is also only 23 3/4 in. I would get another opinion and maybe even switch Dr's. My second son was always 95th percentile for weight and he is 4 now and very thin. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

 

drea - January 4

my dd is and always has been very big, except she wasnt born big (7lb 9oz). ever since about 2 mos old she has been off the charts for height and weight. she is a great eater, but only eats healthy food (mostly organic). Once she started crawling/walking her weight gain slowed down dramatically. I dont think you have anything to worry about. I agree with Kimberly about getting a 2nd opinion

 

TiffanyRae - January 4

Girl you little one is perfect! My DS is 4 1/2 months and weights just under 19 lbs. Not exactly sure on his height but He is in the 110% in both height and weight. Granted my hubby and I are very tall 6'5" and 6'1" , the doctors think our DS is just fine. He is bigger then his 6 adn 9 month old cousins! It might be interesting just to see what the nutritionist says...but I dont' think you have ANYTHING to worry about. I would consult the nutritionist and consider it your second opinion!! He/She will probably wonder what the heck the actual Doctor was thinking! :) Good luck!

 

kimberly - January 4

I just used one of those weight percentile online calculator and your baby is 89th percentile for weight and 72th for height. My son was alway 95th percentile. Sounds like your baby is doing great!

 

mommybabyboy21 - January 4

my ds is 6 months old and 21 pounds and 28 inches...my doc said he is a big boy but proportion and there isn't anything I should worry about. Is everyone in your family and husbands average??? I am 6'2" but my aunts are all 5 foot to 5'5" but I had a great aunt who was 6'0" my mom is 5'9" and my dad is 6 even so your son may be a throw back as it were...lol (sorry that's what they call me in the family :-)

 

sahmof3 - January 4

I would also get a 2nd opinion. He's big, yes... but it's not like he's off the charts or anything. My youngest was like that. He hit 20 lbs. just before 7 months. He was 10 lbs. 6 oz. 22 3/4" at birth. He's 2 1/2 years old now and still big! His weight has dropped on the percentile charts since he started walking and running... but not by much. He was always in the 90 some % for weight and this last time he was like 87%. Your son sounds like a healthy baby to me.

 

excited2bemama - January 4

your son sounds healthy to me... is your or your Dh tall or big boned? that might have someting to do with it.. My friend has a 7 month old who is nearly 25 lbs!!! He was 23 lbs at 6 months- perfectly healthy. His dad is tall and built big like a football player.... I don't think your son needs to see a nutrionist.

 

jen327 - January 5

Sweetie, my son is 5 months old and 17 lbs and 27 inches. he eats soooooooooo much! But babies are babies. Don't worry, get a new dr though. I can't believe he would give you a complex about your babies weight. he will even out. Especially when he starts to crawl. Don't worry, babies usually don't have weight issues at this age. you are doing fine. But seriously consider getting a new dr.

 

mommybabyboy21 - January 5

I'd like to add you should only be worried about your ds weight if he was in the 90% for weight but ONLY the 50% or less for height but his weight and height are pretty close. THAT is what you should really be looking at. as long as those two number are close then your LO is fine.

 

blueb__terfly - January 5

Well, for those who asked, my husband is 5'10" and about 200lbs. He looks to weigh far less though, he is stocky, and muscular. However, growing up, he was a bean-pole until about age 18. I am 5'6" and 123lbs. My ds looks just like my husband, and seems to have his physique. I personally don't really thing my ds is TOO heavy, he is bigger, but not in a bad way. Iwill go to the appointment though, and let you guys know what she has to say!

 

blueb__terfly - February 2

Just an update on how our appt went. The dietician basically said what I already thought. She said he was above teh 90% for weight, which is where he was at birth, so it was no concern at all that he was there now too. Someone has to be in that %, and he just happens to be one of the bigger babies. She said that they tend to worry when babies jump from a low % to a high one all of a sudden, but she said even if that were the case, she would definatley not reccomend to me to feed him less. In fact she said if he wants more food, give it to him. I give him hommade purees, and he can't get to much fruits and veggies. She said taht he should control how much he eats, because if I try to make him eat less, that can cause over-eating in the future. So, it was re-a__suring, and basically she felt the same way I did. She even told me that when she got the referal from my doc, she thought it was weird, but she has to make an appt for any referral. So for anyone who has a big boy like me, don't worry, and keep on feeding them the good stuff so long as they want it!

 

Prego1 - February 2

My DD just turned 5 months and she's 20 lbs so I don't think your LO is very big. I think he's fine the way he is. My DD eats between 28 - 32 oz of formula a day w/ a little rice cereal in some of the bottles. She was 8 lbs 2 oz at birth. By the way, I'm short, just 5'0 and DH is 5'8, we're not tall people however, our DD is way above average. We're not worried though.

 

katiepoole - February 3

My dtr was 7 months last week and she is 19 pounds 2 oz as of Friday not sure about height but at 6 month check up she was a little over 28 inches. She has been in the 85-95% for height and weight since was born. She was born at 8 pounds 1 oz at a little over 38 weeks. I asked the dr Friday when we were there about several baby foods as I don't want to give her foods that have too much sugar sodium etc in them. She said to use your judgement but for the most part they don't really start to worry about a childs weight until they are 2. Really it's more of a learning taste and texture now. She said to feed her what she wants pretty much (within reason of course) now. That made me feel a lot better. I know kids that were really big babies and are not big now. All babies are different....he sounds perfectly healthy and fine. I'm glad the nutritionist helped rea__sure you.

 

BriannasMummy - February 3

While your baby is in a higher percentile I dont think you are doing anything wrong. I think you are feeding him a good amount of nutrient filled food. My dd is almost 14 months and she weighs 21lbs and is 28.5 inches tall. I think your son is also tall for his age so that says a lot as well. Of course if your baby is taller then average then hes going to weigh more then an average baby. A nutritionist can only tell you what you already know.. so no worries. ~Kristin~

 

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