When do slightly chubby toddlers thin out into lean children?

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DD is 2.5 and has what I think is the normal chubbieness of a toddler. Her BMI is 16.4 which appears to be about 60th centile for her age. I am not concerned about her weight, just curious as to when children move from a toddler body shape to a child body shape.

Tee2072 Sat 25-May-13 20:53:09

Sometimes never. It's not guaranteed but depends on what they eat and their activity level, just like grown ups.

But don't worry about BMI, it's crap. If she looks chubby, try getting her more active or giving smaller portions.

Nevercan Sat 25-May-13 21:21:26

My DD2 was really chubby and has just started to thin out and she is 2 next week...

MousyMouse Sat 25-May-13 21:28:29

it really depends.
dc1 was very chubby as baby but very skinny from about 2.
dc2 was a tall and heavy baby but has only now at over 3 we are able to see ribs.

PhilPhil Sat 25-May-13 21:28:54

I have a chubby 15 month old. But I don't quite understand the smaller portions thing - I might sound really stupid here, but sometimes she eats a little, sometimes a lot - and sometimes she's clearly still hungry so I give her more. Should I be limiting her even if she seems hungry. (An example: she has 1 weetabix for breakfast, but if she finishes it all and doesn't seem content she often has another 1/2, and sometimes she's so eager for it she grabs it and eats it dry rather than waiting for me to pour milk on.) My older ds is skinny, so I've not had to think about this much before.

Tee2072 Sat 25-May-13 21:32:10

No, at 15 months let her eat what she wants.

Hell, at 2.5 let her eat what she wants.

Plenty of time to change her eating (or his) when they are older. Children can be so picky about food anyway, don't add to it!!!

My almost (OMG in 2 weeks!!) four year old is very tall and thin and always has been. But that's him.

Seriously, stop worrying about it at this age. And, truly, BMI means nothing. It's a nonsense number especially at this age.

MousyMouse Sat 25-May-13 21:36:40

no let then eat. my 2 get a relatively small portion and can elp themselves to seconds if they want to. if they are still hungry they can have a pick at the fruitbowl.

Smudging Sat 25-May-13 21:40:46

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FattyMcChubster Sat 25-May-13 21:42:05

Really? I hope you're keeping your thoughts to yourself op and not letting your dc know you think they're 'chubby'.
As long as they're eating healthily and moving plenty, let them enjoy themselves.
2.5 and you're worried about bmi?
hmm

Really don't worry! Ds2 was like this, a proper chunky toddler and i did used to worry but he was/is always on the go..so i did used to wonder why he was chunky. Anyway he has been growing like a weed for years now and hes now a tall slim 7 yr old! All puppy fat has gone (still eats everything in the fridge though)

BreasticlesNTesticles Sat 25-May-13 21:45:20

I have had 2 wonderfully chubby dd's, dd1 is like a rake at 4 and dd2 is starting to stretch out now at nearly 2. I'd say by about 3 they lose their baby podge.

RugBugs Sat 25-May-13 21:49:39

DD is 2.6 and started losing her gorgeous toddler knees a few months ago. She has her Daddy's tall skinny build and has some calf definition now but she still has her chubby little arms grin.

I'm not worried and never discuss weight with DD. I am just curious as you are meant to be able to see the ribs on children, but toddlers can be a bit chunkier, and I was wondering when the crossover happens.

OddBoots Sat 25-May-13 21:55:07

My very chunky ds started to thin out when he started walking, he was at the 'see ribs' stage by his 3rd birthday - he's now a broad shouldered 13yo.

Smudging Sat 25-May-13 22:03:55

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resipsa Sat 25-May-13 22:08:00

DD is 2 years 4 months and just had her 2 year health check. She is off the charts for both height and weight (WHO, time to update). At 18.4kgs, she's heavy but HV said not to worry as her height and weight are in proportion.

Pascha Sat 25-May-13 22:10:21

Ds1 is 2.8 and has lost his tummy but still has pudgy knees. I reckon he will be all boy and no toddler by three at the latest.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sat 25-May-13 22:52:52

Usually at about 4 in my experience. That's when most stop looking like toddlers and more like....well like kids!

notnowbernard Sat 25-May-13 22:59:45

Dd1 was really chubby toddler. At 9 is a real whippet, can see ribs etc and wears 7-8 clothes

Dd2 also chubby as a toddler (not as much as dd1 though) and at 7 is lean but tall for age, unlike dd1.

Ds was a chubster but at 3 is losing it as is tall... He is broad though and heavy so who knows ...

elfycat Sat 25-May-13 23:12:19

DD2 is 2.5 and I was just admiring her long legs today and then noticed that she's getting taller and thinner. She still has that cute toddler tummy but it's stretching now.

freetrait Sat 25-May-13 23:27:34

By 4 they shouldn't look like chubby toddlers and by 6/7 they should start looking like active, slim kids. Certainly a transition between about 3 and 7, but you can spot overweight 4 year olds as by this age they shouldn't have that cute baby fat thing grin.

sjuperyoni Sat 25-May-13 23:36:38

Dd was around 4 and still has lovely slim lines aged 8 but no ribs. my dnephew was nearly 2 and at 6 is still a scrawny wee thing.

DNeice was a very chubby baby but thinned down by 2.

It's different with all dc but i wouldn't worry about it.

BabiesAreLikeBuses Sun 26-May-13 06:55:25

My ds was v chubby baby and toddler, ate (and stll eats) a lot but healthy diet, constantly on the go, def couldn't see ribs til 4 and only started properly looking thin at 5.
And to pp he ate 2 weetabix a day from about 15 months, it's still his fave breakfast, he just likes a good feed to start his day!

pizzaqueen Sun 26-May-13 07:34:49

I'll go through phases where I think 'oh DS (2.5) is looking a bit chubby' then a few weeks later he'll sprout a few inches taller and look lean again, I think it just takes a little while for his height to catch up during a growth spurt.

forevergreek Sun 26-May-13 07:51:56

I think between 2-3. 3 year old here is tall and slim, 2 year old Iv just noticed it now loosing his chubbiness, he is now tall and slim also but has a fuller face, chubbier arms still.

As the grow they are walking more buggy less, can run faster, climb better etc etc. I let them have as much as they want but there is a limit. I know some in here say their 1 year old eats 3 weetabix and 2 bits of toast for example which to me is pure overfeeding. I would offer one/ a piece and give another if they want but I wouldn't keep going.

SoTiredAgain Sun 26-May-13 08:10:30

Smaller portions? No, no, no to that unless she is eating massive amounts (highly unlikely). Instead chill out and enjoy the chubbiness. My DC was always long and lean and never went through a chubby stage though.

I'm just surprised you know what your 2.5 yo weighs blush

Dd2 is a little on the squishy side too. I'm still waiting for the slimming down.

I only know what she weighs because the HV do a 2.5 year check here. She hadnt been weighed since her last check at 1.

Dd hasn't seen a hv since her 8m check. [Bad mum
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Two year check consisted of a checklist in post.

catty1234 Sun 26-May-13 08:49:09

I was very chubby at toddler stage, but with a year you could see my ribs. try joining toddler gym or tots swimming or something. They can meet friends and have fun and stay fit.

catty1234 Sun 26-May-13 08:49:37

smile

sillyoldfool Sun 26-May-13 08:56:49

DD1 was a chubby toddler at 3, she's now almost 6 and hasn't gained an ounce in weight but has grown upwards lots and lots, she's just stretched out and is now a normal little girl shape.
She's always eaten as much as she wants, but we never ever have junky snacks, she has a raw carrot or fruit, or a handful of almonds etc She was having the same snacks at 3, but at that point she was still bfing, which must have added quite a lot of extra calories.

Wincher Sun 26-May-13 08:57:17

This is interesting - my 2.10 year old still has that toddler tummy that I believe is because their organs are a bit big in proportion to the rest of them for a while. The rest of him is slimming out now though. I'll keep an eye on the tummy but I'm not too worried about his weight just yet. I have no idea how much he weighs or how tall he is!

sillyoldfool Sun 26-May-13 08:57:55

or just going to the park catty - the year that DD1 was in preschool we spent most of each afternoon in the park.

redwellybluewelly Sun 26-May-13 09:01:13

I'd say usually between 2-3years, my DD lost her baby podge around 1 because she was insanely active. Now tall and lean we offer well portioned meals which she can have seconds of but she doesn't particularly like sweet things so rarely has dessert. Does like a good morning and afternoon snack though.

Our NCT group had four babies on the 99% centile and two on the 25%, all are now pretty much the same body mass except one who was quite simply overfed - to the extent he couldn't roll as a baby because his gut got in the way!

They all even out, except if you feed them oodles of junk.

ShowOfHands Sun 26-May-13 09:07:13

I've just noticed 20 month old ds has started to change shape. He's started shooting up and he's getting definition in his legs and his tummy is less rounded, his ribs starting to protrude etc. At 20 months, he's definitely a toddler but slowly the changes are happening. He's never been chubby though. He was a v active baby, rolling at 12 weeks, sitting and crawling by 5 months, walking at 8/9 months.

DD was very, very chubby as a baby (though her length and weight were always completely in proportion) and she did that move from chubby toddler to slim child at about 2 and a half to 3 I reckon. She's only just 6 now, wears 7-8 or age 9 clothes because she's the tallest in her class (and the youngest) and is so thin you can count her ribs (normal). She is v sporty and has defined muscles and is strong from gymnastics training. I look at her sometimes, doing handstands and somersaults, whippet thin and lithe and can't believe she had rolls on rolls and was the chubbiest baby in the whole wide world once upon a time.

Wincher Sun 26-May-13 09:12:32

Since posting that I went and got DS dressed and realised his tummy really is slimming down now. So yes, I would agree 2.5-3 is the age this happens!

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