aibu to wonder if the chubby babies become the overweight children?

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honeytea Wed 20-Feb-13 18:15:12

Today me and ds went to our first "mummy group" all tge babies in the group were 2 months old. Ds is huge, he weighs 6.6 kg (almost 15 pounds) he is <97th percentile for weight.

I understand the logic of percentiles but when I see him amongst babies his own age and he so obviously much bigger I worry.

All the other babies looked like actual floppy soft babies with tiny little newborn clothes whereas ds sits up and tries to stand up, his 3-6 month babygrows are too small on tge legs and he fits best into his 6 month+ clothes.

It looked like we were in tge wrong group.

Ds is ebf and the Dr has said his weight/size isn't a problem. He did say at my last appointment "I assume his pappa is tall" which he isn't.

I was wondering if the chubby giant babies become the overweight children? I know someone has to be at the top of normal but I wonder with their focus on "following his own curve" will meen he ends up being the big child in the class?

I am intending to restrict ds's sugar intake and give him healthy meals cooked from scratch by my dp as that is what we eat anyway. We hope to have an active lifestyle.

Do I need to work especially hard to avoid ds becoming chubby in childhood? Any idea when I need to start to restrict calories?

lljkk Wed 20-Feb-13 18:18:57

Not in my experience at all. Fat Toddlers (age 2+) maybe more of a link.

issimma Wed 20-Feb-13 18:19:11

Dd was a chubby baby - we couldn't use a bumbo as her thighs were too podgy and she got stuck! Proper baby rolls of fat. At 2, she is a skinny toddler - can't wear many trousers as they fall down!
So to answer your question, no. grin

mrsbunnylove Wed 20-Feb-13 18:20:11

keep breastfeeding and don't worry. it will all sort itself out when he's big enough to run around.

NewYearsEvelyn Wed 20-Feb-13 18:22:10

DD was v. chunky baby. Now 12 years old and is a lovely, lanky beanpole. She slimmed out between 4 and 6...We never restricted food.

2kidsintow Wed 20-Feb-13 18:22:12

Another one here with a tubby baby and a now skinny child.
DD2 wasn't interested in weaning at all and just loved her milk. Her legs were so big that I couldn't get trousers to fit her.

Now, out of my 2 Dds, she's the one who will leave something if she is full, only eats when she is hungry and doesn't think about food the rest of the time.

JollyRedGiant Wed 20-Feb-13 18:22:31

DS was a bit round for a while before he learned to crawl. He's now slim but not skinny.

I was a spherical baby but weighed the same at 2 as I did at 1 due to learning to walk smile

InNeedOfBrandy Wed 20-Feb-13 18:23:20

No both my dc were over 8pounders and very very chubby till they started walking. Think triple chins and all the rolls on their arms and legs (awwww) and dd is super skinny now and ds has a bigger build (wide shoulders) but no fat at all.

Wickedgirl Wed 20-Feb-13 18:23:49

Not in my experience.

I know of several very chubby babies that grew into slim children (including my own)

It probably depends more on diet and activity once they become toddlers though. Mine are all very active and eat a varied, healthy diet and are all slim despite being big babies

Mine were also ebf.

honeytea Wed 20-Feb-13 18:25:02

I'm so glad to hear that! Ds doesn't seem to feed more than average, if anything it feels like he doesn't feed as much as most of the babies I know, I think maybe he has a super suck and drains my boob in 5 mins.

CockyFox Wed 20-Feb-13 18:25:40

I'm another one who had chubby babies but slim toddlers and now a positively stick like 6 yr old. The weight started dropping off them when they got to about 2 and a half.

wonkylegs Wed 20-Feb-13 18:25:54

My brother was a huge chubby baby with beautiful blonde curls - he's now a short, ridiculously lean, muscular bloke with dirty blonde curls! grin

binger Wed 20-Feb-13 18:26:22

My ds was massive, he looked like jabba the hut! He slimmed down a bit when he became more mobile but was still quite chubby. He's 7 now and is very slim, I wouldn't say skinny but verging on it. He probably started losing his chubbiness at almost 6.

shellshock7 Wed 20-Feb-13 18:26:23

My DS is on the 98th, has been from abt 3 weeks old and is now 11m...I BF for 3m then FF so I can assume that neither type of milk made his weight trajectory change from what itwas always going to be...I am not worried at all, he is so energetic and I certainly wouldn't want him any other way smile

We were all large babies in my family apparently, I'm now a slim size ten at 33 having been a very skinny teenager (naturally not thru trying!) so I think as an adult he will be what he will be - nowt to do with his baby weight smile

OhBananas Wed 20-Feb-13 18:27:16

My nephew was a chubby baby and a chubby toddler. At around 5 it started dropping off (or maybe he started gaining a few inches!) and he is now an average-looking 8 year old.

nancy75 Wed 20-Feb-13 18:27:30

My dd was very chubby, there is nothing of her now.
In photos of my dp he is clearly the fattest baby ever to live, as an adult he is like a bean pole

jalapeno Wed 20-Feb-13 18:28:56

No, both mine were born at well over 10lb, breastfed exclusively until weaned and then beyond and were on top percentiles for weight until about 9 months old. Now my eldest is v skinny and a bit shorter than his peers and youngest is about average.

On the other hand I was a chunky baby and could do with losing a stone now (but I blame my big babies for that!!) grin

Gimmeecoffee Wed 20-Feb-13 18:29:07

Dont worry about it, DD was a big baby, 9lb 2.5 and is now an average size 2yo eating a healthy diet. The weight flew of as soon as she learnt to walk.

haggisandneeps Wed 20-Feb-13 18:29:09

9lbs 7ozs baby proper chubby with rolls of fat. He's now a skinny, tall 12 year old. He evened out around 2-3 years of age so I wouldn't worry at all smile

Chottie Wed 20-Feb-13 18:29:34

My DS had chubby little thighs, but he lost them once he was mobile.

TalkieToaster Wed 20-Feb-13 18:29:52

Nope, not so far anyway. DS was a chub monster of a baby, just shy of eleven pounds. He had ringlets of fat all up and down his arms and was the size of a three month old at birth. He's a normal-looking toddler now, not fat or overweight in any way, although he is still tall for his age.

giveitago Wed 20-Feb-13 18:30:04

Ooh - no idea- he was a scrawny 5pound baby then a big chunky 1 year old. An average toddler and has been slim for years.

We had a little kid at ds's nursery and now school. As a toddler he was huge and now has grown up and out of his toddler fat and is very very slim. My ds gets a bit pork before a growth spurt.

Meglet Wed 20-Feb-13 18:30:48

Both my DC's were little chubsters when they were babies. They are now slim / skinny and on the lower centiles for weight.

DS is now 6yo and resembles a skinny baby giraffe. If he wasn't such a good eater and so full of energy I'd be worried.

DD is 4 and starting to stretch out and get the skinny legs + toast rack ribs look.

Arcticwaffle Wed 20-Feb-13 18:33:06

My dd1 was a right porker. Born on 91st centile and stayed there for her first 6 months, and she wasn't tall. Just fat. Whoever says you can't overfeed breastfed babies, I think they may be wrong. She got smaller and thinner after that and now is tiny and skinny for her age. Well under the 9th centile these days.

My other dds were well above average weight as babies and one's average now and the third is another on a low centile, very skinny.

My porkers turned into stick insects, really.

Ds1 was a huge baby, 11lb 2 at birth but by 2 he was very skinny. He's always been tall though, he's 18 now and 6 foot 3

Ds2 was very chubby (fat really) from 6 months until about 3. he's 10 now and average weight.

Ds3 was a tiny 4lb at birth but is nearly 2 now and huge again. I'm hoping he starts to burn it off soon, hes only been walking for 5 months so hopefully now he's more active he will start to slim down.

I don't think you can always tell which ones will be overweight

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