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    8.5 Month Old Only Weighs 15 LBS!

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    My son was born at just 5 lbs 4 oz. At his six month wellness visit he weighed in at 14.5 lbs. He has been eating so good and drinking his formula just fine & I even started giving him some baby yogurt and cookies for snacks. He eats all day long, but he is also pretty active. He isn't crawling forward yet, but he is rolling and army crawling in circles and backwards. When he isn't on the floor moving around he is jumping in his jumper. He is in 9-12 month clothes and size 3 diapers so clothes-wise I feel like he is right on track. Has anyone ever had just a smaller baby? Or should I be concerned. His next wellness visit isn't until the 4th of June, and I am freaking about what his doctor is going to say...
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    My twins grew slowly even by preemie standards. From what all the specialists said it is more the rate of growth instead of the actual growth chart they worry about. They always said some kids are just small, and they told me to worry if they lost weight. Mind you they didn't have any other symptoms. It never hurts to ask questions with the office nurse, that is why the doctors office usually has a nurse line. At six years old we just now hit the growth and weight charts!!! Go 10%!!! But trust your mommy instincts that is how we found out they had a growth hormone deficiency at 2 years old.
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    Some babies are just small, if your doctor isn't concerned about it when you saw him at the 6 month well visit and little man is eating fine, healthy, active and happy, I wouldn't worry to much. If he doesn't seem to be growing properly or is refusing food or some things along those lines, then I would definitely worry but he doesn't sound like he's having those issues.

    My daughter is 4 years old and only weighs 37 pounds and some of my friends have babies who are still under a year weighing in at 26 to 27 pounds and could easily beat her out weight wise by 2. I think at 8 months she was also about where your son is but I can't remember. However, she's healthy as a horse, eats regular meals and gets good nutrition so the doctors have never worried about her! She was also born really small at 5 lbs 13 oz and she dropped to 5 lbs 5 oz by the time we were leaving the hospital!


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    My son is now off the charts for weight (as in under) - he was 20.1lbs at just over 15 months. He was born 6lb 8oz but dropped to 5lbs 13oz when we left the hospital - he's just a small kid! He seems perfectly in proportion and he even has some fat rolls and a gut! lol The doctor isn't worried - although he said we need to make sure he eats - which he does - all the time!

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    Thanks ladies! At his 6 month wellness visit his doctor just asked what was going on and asked what his eating schedule looked like. I have to constantly remind her that he was born at only 5lbs. She told me she wasn't too concerned because as long as they double their birth weight by 6 months then he should be fine and technically he had tripled his birth weight. I think I am just letting my thoughts get the best of me, I just don't want his doc to think I am a bad mom or that I am not feeding him because he eats all day long. She did mention sending him to a nutritionist at his last appointment so I guess we will see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamzyn View Post
    My son is now off the charts for weight (as in under) - he was 20.1lbs at just over 15 months. He was born 6lb 8oz but dropped to 5lbs 13oz when we left the hospital - he's just a small kid! He seems perfectly in proportion and he even has some fat rolls and a gut! lol The doctor isn't worried - although he said we need to make sure he eats - which he does - all the time!
    My son is off the charts as well! He was in the 50 %tile for height and not even on the charts for weight.
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    Thanks ladies! At his 6 month wellness visit his doctor just asked what was going on and asked what his eating schedule looked like. I have to constantly remind her that he was born at only 5lbs. She told me she wasn't too concerned because as long as they double their birth weight by 6 months then he should be fine and technically he had tripled his birth weight. I think I am just letting my thoughts get the best of me, I just don't want his doc to think I am a bad mom or that I am not feeding him because he eats all day long. She did mention sending him to a nutritionist at his last appointment so I guess we will see what happens.
    I definitely don't think the doctor will think you're a bad mom if your little one is small. As long as you know he's eating and he's being well taken care of, that's what matters the most! As long as he doesn't lose any weight and keeps eating and gaining, I can't imagine him having any problems! I would just honest with your pediatrician at the next appointment and be open about what he's eating and open to any insight they may have!


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    I definitely don't think the doctor will think you're a bad mom if your little one is small. As long as you know he's eating and he's being well taken care of, that's what matters the most! As long as he doesn't lose any weight and keeps eating and gaining, I can't imagine him having any problems! I would just honest with your pediatrician at the next appointment and be open about what he's eating and open to any insight they may have!
    I am going to write out his eating schedule for her, what he eats and when. He has never lost any weight but in three months he has only gained half a pound. But like you said he is eating and he is well taken care of & I am definitely open to any insight! Its just so hard not to compare him to other babies his age. My nephew is exactly two weeks older and he is 25 lbs. My cousins daughter is a little less than a month older and she weighs 19 lbs. I just have to keep reminding myself that all babies are different!
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    Food Journal is a great idea!!!
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    My DD weighed in at 14.5 lbs at her 9 month appointment and had only gained a little over a pound in 3 months. Her pediatrician was concerned but not over the top concerned yet because she was still at least gaining some and she is developing amazingly. He ran some tests to make sure she wasn't anemic and told me to be sure I was upping her intake. If she hasn't grown appropriately by 12 months we'll test her thyroid but he thinks she'll just be small. Part of our problem is she's so busy she never wanted to stop to nurse. So he said if I was okay with it, which I was, to supplement some since my supply was dropping and to maybe add pediasure once a day to her diet. Normally he wouldn't suggest it in a baby her age, and I wouldn't do it without your DS's pediatrician recommending it, but in her case she was only getting 8-10 oz of milk total a day when at that age they still want them to get 24-32 oz so he said if I could only get her to take that little during the day he suggested it be high in calories, fat and protein so she could get the best bang for her buck. If your pedi isnt worried don't worry. I know it's hard especially when everyone likes to make comments about how small babies are because it makes you feel like you're doing something wrong so lots of . And look on the bright side the benefit of having a small baby is you get the best use out of their clothes
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