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squizita Wed 04-May-16 11:17:42

My 19 month old is very energetic and bubbly. She eats well, and isn't really fussy: she will eat protein, fat, carbs, veg, fruit in good proportion. She prefers savoury. She's short for her age but both parents are naturally short and slim. No allergies, bar slight dry skin from some bath products.

Since she started walking/running/climbing she has lost all her baby chub and become really slim and wiry! I worry people will think she's ill or underfed. sad She eats 3 good square meals a day plus snacks, and is gaining along her line in the red book.

I'm being PFB, aren't I? Some kids just look wiry? I think it's because she was a chubby baby a few months ago, and also i never see other toddlers in the bath etc so cannot compare really (especially in winter clothes).

To put in in context I'm 5"1 and weigh 7stone 10lb, perfectly healthy. DH is 5"7 (he says 8 LOL) and slim-with-a-beer-belly even though he's a lazy so and so who could do with exercise.

She goes to nursery daily and no one has raised any concerns, even when I ask. They say she eats like a horse and runs it off.

KatyN Wed 04-May-16 16:55:47

My son is small for his age.., trousers are difficult to buy because they fall down. He is 4 but people don't comment.. They just all look different.

NickyEds Wed 04-May-16 17:41:46

You're being pfb smile. My ds is 2.4 and so far seems be tall and slim-low in the 50th centile for weight and high in the 90th centile for height. He had about 6 months or so of fussy eating but now eats well so I don't worry. I don't give him any low fat options, so full fat milk still, cream and butter in mash etc but Tbh I'd do that for any toddler. He's in age 2-3 trousers and they are just the right length but all bunched up at the waist! Several of my friends have just had their two year reviews and it's turned out their toddlers have high bmi measurements, it's a ridiculous measure at this age IMHO.

GemmaB78 Wed 04-May-16 18:11:25

Although not a toddler yet, my 9 month old is very similar. Just below 50th percentile for weight, 95th percentile for height. He's inherited his dad's long and lean shape, and is highly active. I worry about it constantly - the only person who does. The HV is happy with him. I just have to accept he's not a podgy baby!

squizita Thu 05-May-16 08:39:13


Thanks guys!

Rinceoir Thu 05-May-16 08:43:20

My toddler is skinny too. 9th centile weight, 50th for height. We see a paediatrician for other reasons who isn't especially concerned but is keeping an eye on it. I try to get as many calories as possible into her but strange little person loves fish, plain rice, fruit and tomato based sauces and refuses anything creamy. And is full after 2 dessert spoons. I'll be glad in the future I'm sure!

SewSlapdash Thu 05-May-16 08:47:57

Another skinny toddler. DS (2.6) was born looking like a racing snake and has always been wiry despite being an absolute milk monster and now it's like he has hollow legs. He never, ever stops moving, even as a baby we haven't got any photos without one or more blurred limbs grin

idontlikealdi Thu 05-May-16 08:51:07

My skinny toddlers are now skinny 4.5 yo. They are perfectly healthy but a nightmare to buy clothes for as thy are tall too so need age 5 height but age 3 waists.

RapidlyOscillating Thu 05-May-16 08:51:27

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cornishglos Thu 05-May-16 09:34:05

Mine is 2nd centile. 2 years 4 months and in 9-12 month shorts. I am sick to death of my mum inferring that I don't feed him. He is following a centile line, full of beans, happy and bright, and no health professional has ever been concerned.

squizita Thu 05-May-16 10:06:00

Mine is in 18-24 month clothing (so average I guess) but her waist is 12 month size. I have recycled some old leggings as capri length/shorts for summer. Saves a few ££. smile

cornishglos Thu 05-May-16 11:18:48

Yes his tops are all age 2-3. Just a slim waist and no bum!

2015mom Thu 05-May-16 11:51:12

Don't worry what people think people will have an opinion about anything!! All that matters is se is being fed and she's happy!!! Like u said she eats well!!! Nothing to worry about!

Maybe just get her weight and measured with HV to see what percentile she is on if you have not already and if you really want to. You may find she is on a high percentile and the same as most children in UK!

My LO started on 9th percentile and is now on 50th percentile ... I used to get comments about him small and someone even rudely asked whether HV said anything about his weight and I told him bluntly no the HV had no concerns about his weight and he is doing really well!!! I told him he had jumped up three lines!! I thought that was rude considering his child doesn't eat well and they don't take him to get weighed (he doesnt eat well at all which I know because his mother told me )

So just ignore people with stupid comments

If someone else says that to me again I will be happy to put them straight

squizita Thu 05-May-16 12:00:06

She's between the 9th and 25th for height, just under the 9th for weight.

She's actually gone up from the 4th in weight since her early months! She was very small so the HV saw her fortnightly, but every time said she was completely healthy.

2015mom Thu 05-May-16 16:04:06

She's doing great... She's jumped up a line which is brilliant!!

The concern is if they dip and they do when they are more mobile!! Last time I got my LO weighed was three weeks ago and HV said he will dip when he becomes more mobile which is normal....

You are doing great giving your little one healthy meals and snacks.... Keep up the good work

squizita Thu 05-May-16 16:16:21


weeblueberry Fri 06-May-16 10:28:58

My nearly 3 toddler is teeny tiny too. A couple of weeks ago she was wearing her sisters shorts....9-12 months!! She's just got a small waist and getting jeans/clothes other than leggings is tricky.

My partner and I are both overweight so folk must look at her and think 'my God they're not feeding that kid' but she eats like a champ...

squizita Fri 06-May-16 11:38:31

I found mine eating up all the spare snack time food when I picked her up yesterday. Like some kind of little hoover..! grin Waste not want not.

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