Anyone With A Small Baby For Their Age

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Dawn - January 19

I feel like I am the only one that has a tiny baby. My daughter was only 5lb 3ozs when born and she was only 1 week early. She will be 6 months on the 23rd and I had her weighed today and she is now only 11lb 2ozs at nearly 6 months. Everyone elses babies at this age seem to be around 15-17lbs. Lucy has had problems putting on weight but becuase I am only 5 foot and dh is 5ft 9 then the doctors aren't that worried. But I feel that she should be gaining more weight than she is. I just want to know if anyone else has just s small baby.


jilly01 - January 19

My daughter is really small for her age, she is 10.5 months and is 15lbs 8oz. She is 29 inches though, tall and thin! My doc has no issues as long as she keeps putting it on shes fine and she is healthy happy little girl. Love my little nugget!!!


ashtynsmom - January 19

Don't worry about it all. Ashtyn is my dd and she has been a tiny child too. She was born at 9 lbs 10 oz... so you would think she was gonna be a monster, right?? Well, she has just now DOUBLED her birth weight at ONE YEAR! ( 19 lbs even) The ped is not worried- she has hit every mile stone early, and is very healthy and happy- just small. Some kids are pet_te...and that is OK!!


soon2bemomof3 - January 19

DAWN: my ds was also born 1 week early which isn't bad. he weighed 6lb10oz at birth, he had his 2 month checkup yesterday and weighs only 8lb.131/2 oz. my dr. is putting him on a higher calorie formula to help him gain weight. i too am very small (5' tall and 95 lbs.) but my dh is 6'4" and about 225 lbs. but yes, my ds is tiny too and I thought I was the only one with a tiny baby, glad i'm not alone in this.


RJ22 - January 19

My daughter is very small for her age too - she is 8 months and as of 2 days ago, she only weighs 13 lbs. 10 oz. I wouldn't worry - as long as your doctor isn't concerned I wouldnt be either. I love the fact that she is small though, b/c she is so compact and easy to tote around! :)


Brittany - January 19

My kids were both born early so that could be why they were small weights when they were born. My son was 4lbs. 7oz and was 6 weeks early and my daughter was 3 weeks early and was 5lbs. 10oz. She is 7 months and just had a dr. appt. and weighed 14lbs. exactly. My son is 2 1/2 and weighs 26lbs. So I have small kids. I think as long as they are hitting their milestones and they are growing in length and head circ_mference, everything is fine. I'm small too so it could be genetics (my family isn't small though so I don't know). I was a worried when the dr. said she will keep an eye on my kids weights lol. They eat well though so I'm not super concerned. The Obesity rate is going up, I guess there aren't too many small babies left.


BeckyM - January 19

I am with you on this one. My daughter was 5lb 10 oz at birth only 9 days early. I am 5'3" and 115 lbs. and my husband is 6'6" and 220 lbs. Now at 10 1/2 months she is 28 1/2" and 16 lbs. Since she has dropped a little below the percentile curve she was on, our doctor wants us to try to feed her more often to get her back up on her curve. I think we'd been trying to transition her too much to table food, and he said just feed her whatever she wants at this point, which seems to be oatmeal cereal and pureed veggies. We were worried that we weren't giving her enough variety...she just wouldn't take pureed meats and combination foods......but he said not to worry. We need to offer her more bottles and cereal. I still b___stfeed but have to supplement with a little formula, and her being smaller than every other baby I know kind of made me feel like I was doing a bad job nursing. I know that you can't compare your kid to someone else's, but I like to stay aware of where others are at in case something seems way off. Bottom line is as long as they are staying consistent on their own curve and the doctor isn't concerned, don't worry. My friend's son is 2 weeks older, and he is already walking and wearing 2T clothes. My daughter is in 9-12 months and just started crawling. The way I look at it is we get our money's worth out of clothes, because she doesn't outgrow them after 1 or 2 wears. Another consolation I have is my daughter is much more emotionally developed than other babies her age. She has such a range of facial expressions and emotions that I don't see in other babies. Some concentrate their energy on physical growth, some on emotional growth. It's just easier for people to see the physical side.


Kara H. - January 19

Max hovers around the 10-15 percentile in weight, but stays at 50 or a little above on length. We have been mixing his formula with more powder than usual to up the calorie content. He has never been a great eater, but now that his is SO active, he is really burning up the calories. Our ped said having a child on the low end of the weight growth scale is not a bad thing. She said that there is going to be big push in the next couple of years to have moms scale back the amount of calories/ounces they give to babies that are 90+ percentile for weight. They are finding a connection between extra chubby babies and childhood obesity. Skinny babies are a good thing! (as long as they are hitting all their milestones)


Erynn21 - January 19

Well my dd isn't exactly small, but her percentiles are a little out of whack, she is in the 95th for her height and the 50th for her weight, she's 4 months. My doctor didn't seemed concerned, but I went to a WIC appt. and they seemed worried, or at least concerned. They were trying to explain to me based on her height she should weigh more, I really wasn't worried, at the doctor last week she said she's fine, just long and lean. She is long 25 & 3/4inch and 13.5lbs, and her head is in the 75th percentile. She was 7lbs 14 oz at birth and was long then too, I just don't know why they were making any issue of it, and if it is an issue what are they going to do about it? My doctor is the one I would trust anyway. I am surprised she is so long and lean because my hubby and I aren't, but his brother is, and so is my uncle maybe she'll just be tall and thin, I don't know. All I know is compared to her cousins she has been the smallest and longest baby out of the bunch.


Rabbits07 - January 19

Mason was only 16 lb. 14 oz at his 9 month check up. He was actually in the 50th percentile from birth thru 4 months for both height and weight....after the 4th month he started falling down the chart. At his 9 month c/u he had fallen down to the 5th percentile for weight and below the chart for height. His dr. put him on a high calorie diet. I am a small person as well, 5'2 105-110 lbs. pre-pregnancy and my girls were small. The only difference between my girls and Mason is that they were small to begin with and followed a low growth curve the whole time while Mason started out high (he was 8 lb. 6 oz at birth) and fell. Even at that everyone who sees Mason says he looks very healthy...just small. He's doing good developementally so I try not to fret about his small size. (though I did initially!)


Dawn - January 19

Thanks everyone. I know I shouldn't worry but thats what mums do best. Everyone around me keeps going on about how small she is, but like my husband has said she will grow in her own time. Rabbits07-My daughter has never been on the chart, she has always been below the 0.04th percentile, oh well as the saying goes-good things come in small packages.


BriannasMummy - January 19

My first dd was born at 9lbs 1.5oz. She had a horrible time gaining weight. When she turned a year old she only weighed 16lbs. Even though she hit all of her milestones early (talking at 5 months "be happy".. walking at 7 months) they still did a bunch of blood tests to make sure she was okay. She is a very healthy girl.. It took her until she was about 20 months to double her weight. She is 4.5 years old.. everything is splendid with her. Try not to worry. ~Kristin~



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