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Should I worry about my baby's weight?

Posted by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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My son is 20 months old. Everyone tells me that it is good that he likes to eat everything in sight and he will lose all of his baby weight once he's more active. He has been walking/running for some time now, but it seems he is getting chunkier. I'm not worried about that. He is in a good height weight range for his age. I just worry, because he seems to eat his emotions. A lot of people on both sides of my family are overweight. I am actually 10-20 pounds overweight myself. I also eat when I am depressed or upset. My dh likes to feed him a snack when ds is in a grumpy mood or has been whinging for some time. It always makes him happy. He is also constantly begging for food even after meals. Both of my kids eat 3 meals, and 2 snack a day. He just never seems satisfied. And it's not a growth spurt. he has always had a huge appetite. Should I worry about this? 

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angeleyes16
by Danielle on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

bump!

Snapdragon88
by Bronze Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM
Yes. It sounds like food is becoming a problem. He's eating for comfort.

Fix the issue by having set mealtimes and snack times. NO food inbetween.
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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

How much sleep is he getting a day?  That could cause whining and grumpiness.   You may want to get him checked in case of anything else going on.  excessive hunger can be a sign of a few things.   

First step is to document his diet for a few days, what time he eats, how much (portion size), how long it takes him to eat the meal or snack.

angeleyes16
by Danielle on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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Thank you =) I have started this, but I need to get my dh more on board. He just says that he's a boy and boys eat a lot... (sigh) 

Quoting Snapdragon88:

Yes. It sounds like food is becoming a problem. He's eating for comfort.

Fix the issue by having set mealtimes and snack times. NO food inbetween.


frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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Age: 12 to 24 months

Signs of readiness

  • Can start to use a spoon (though proficiency will take a while!)

What to feed

  • Whole milk
  • Other dairy (soft pasteurized cheese, full-fat yogurt and cottage cheese)
  • Same food as rest of family, mashed or chopped into bite-size pieces
  • Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)
  • Other grains (whole wheat bread, pasta, rice)
  • Fruits: melon, papaya, apricot, grapefruit
  • Vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower "trees", cooked until soft
  • Protein (eggs; cut-up or ground meat or poultry; boneless fish; tofu; beans; thinly spread smooth peanut butter)
  • Citrus and non-citrus juice
  • Honey is now okay

How much per day

  • 2 cups dairy (1 cup milk or yogurt, 1 cup = 1 1/2 ounces natural cheese or 2 ounces processed cheese)
  • 3 ounces grains, preferably half of them whole grains (1 ounce = 1/3 cup cold cereal, 1/4 cup pasta or rice, 1 slice bread)
  • 1 cup fruit (fresh, frozen, canned and/or 100 percent juice) Emphasize whole fruits rather than juice.
  • 1 cup vegetables (Serve vegetables that are cut in small pieces and well cooked to prevent choking.)
  • 2 ounces protein (1 ounce = one slice of sandwich meat, about 1/3 of a chicken breast half, 1/4 can of tuna, 1/4 cup cooked dry beans, or 1 egg)

Feeding tips

  • Experts used to say you shouldn't give young children eggs, fish, or peanut products because the child might develop a food allergy. But the latest research from the American Academy of Pediatrics found there's no evidence that babies develop allergies from the early introduction of these foods. Still, some doctors recommend caution when it comes to introducing foods. If you're concerned that your child might have an allergy to certain foods, introduce them one by one and keep an eye out for an allergic reaction.
  • Choking is still a danger. Learn more about foods to watch out for.

Age: 24 to 36 months 

Signs of readiness

  • Self-feeding
  • Eagerness to make own food choices

What to feed

  • Low-fat milk (It's okay to switch to low-fat or nonfat milk once your child is older than 2, but check with your child's doctor if you have questions.)
  • Other dairy (diced or grated cheese; low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, pudding)
  • Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)
  • Other grains (whole wheat bread and crackers, cut-up bagels, pretzels, rice cakes, ready-to-eat cereal, pasta, rice)
  • Fruits, sliced fresh or canned
  • Dried fruit, soaked until soft so it won't pose a choking hazard (apples, apricots, peaches, pears, dates, pitted prunes)
  • Vegetables, cooked and cut up
  • Protein (eggs; cut-up or ground meat or poultry; boneless fish; tofu; beans; smooth peanut butter)
  • Combo foods like macaroni and cheese, casseroles
  • Fruit and vegetable juices

How much per day

One serving for a child this age is about a quarter the size of an adult serving.

  • 2 cups dairy (1 cup milk or yogurt; 1 cup = 1 1/2 ounces natural cheese or 2 ounces processed cheese)
  • 4-5 ounces grains (1 ounce = 1 slice of bread; 1/3 cup ready-to-eat cereal, or 1/4 cup of cooked rice, cooked pasta, or cooked cereal)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, dried and/or 100 percent juice) Emphasize whole fruits rather than juice.
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetables
  • 3 to 4 ounces protein (1 ounce of meat, poultry, or fish; 1/4 cup cooked dry beans; or 1 egg)

Feeding tips

  • Experts used to say you shouldn't give young children eggs, fish, or peanut products because the child might develop a food allergy. But the latest research from the American Academy of Pediatrics found there's no evidence that babies develop allergies from the early introduction of these foods. Still, some doctors recommend caution when it comes to introducing foods. If you're concerned that your child might have an allergy to certain foods, introduce them one by one and keep an eye out for an allergic reaction.
  • Choking is still a danger. Learn more about foods to watch out for.

Your child may seem to eat less than before – that's perfectly normal at this stage. If you wonder whether your child is getting enough calories, use this guideline: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children get about 40 calories a day for every inch of height.

Finally, if you're a vegan or vegetarian, you can still provide your infant or toddler with everything she needs. The American Dietetic Association and American Academy of Pediatrics agree that well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets are fine for infants and toddlers. Just pay attention to make sure your child gets plenty of the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin B12: Vegetarians can get this nutrient from milk products and eggs; vegans can use fortified soy or rice beverages, cereals, and meat substitutes.
  • Vitamin D: Breastfed babies should get an additional 400 IU per day through a vitamin supplement or, after 1 year of age, from fortified cow or soy milk.
  • Calcium: Vegan babies may need calcium-fortified foods, beverages, or supplements. Check with a dietitian or your doctor if you're not sure.
  • Iron: Found in iron-fortified cereal or supplements.
  • Protein: Vegans can find plant proteins in beans, cereals, and fortified soy milk. Vegetarians can add in protein from yogurt and eggs.
  • Fiber: Good sources of fiber include whole grain breads, fortified cereals, and pastas, and higher-fat plant foods like sunflower butter and avocados.
frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Make it more about quality when he does eat.  Minimal junk and have fruits/veggies readily available.  Whole grain instead of overprocessed white bread and snacks.


Quoting angeleyes16:

Thank you =) I have started this, but I need to get my dh more on board. He just says that he's a boy and boys eat a lot... (sigh) 

Quoting Snapdragon88:

Yes. It sounds like food is becoming a problem. He's eating for comfort.

Fix the issue by having set mealtimes and snack times. NO food inbetween.




angeleyes16
by Danielle on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I think I will start doing this for both of my kids. Thanks. 

He gets good sleep IMO. He sleeps 10-12 hours at night and takes one 1-2 hour nap from 2PM-4PM. He isn't always grumpy, just a much as any other normal toddler. (Like when he doesn't get his way, is scolded, near nap or bed time, etc). 

Quoting frndlyfn:

How much sleep is he getting a day?  That could cause whining and grumpiness.   You may want to get him checked in case of anything else going on.  excessive hunger can be a sign of a few things.   

First step is to document his diet for a few days, what time he eats, how much (portion size), how long it takes him to eat the meal or snack.


angeleyes16
by Danielle on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

I usually offer fresh fruit instead of other sugar processed crap. Ds looves bananas. I don't want to give him too much though. How many bananas a day is too much? He usually eats 2. 

Quoting frndlyfn:

Make it more about quality when he does eat.  Minimal junk and have fruits/veggies readily available.  Whole grain instead of overprocessed white bread and snacks.


Quoting angeleyes16:

Thank you =) I have started this, but I need to get my dh more on board. He just says that he's a boy and boys eat a lot... (sigh) 

Quoting Snapdragon88:

Yes. It sounds like food is becoming a problem. He's eating for comfort.

Fix the issue by having set mealtimes and snack times. NO food inbetween.





frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Your welcome.  I did it for my dd who eats like a bird and very picky.  She gets extremely grumpy if she is hungry but wwould not tell us when she was a toddler.


Quoting angeleyes16:

I think I will start doing this for both of my kids. Thanks. 

He gets good sleep IMO. He sleeps 10-12 hours at night and takes one 1-2 hour nap from 2PM-4PM. He isn't always grumpy, just a much as any other normal toddler. (Like when he doesn't get his way, is scolded, near nap or bed time, etc). 

Quoting frndlyfn:

How much sleep is he getting a day?  That could cause whining and grumpiness.   You may want to get him checked in case of anything else going on.  excessive hunger can be a sign of a few things.   

First step is to document his diet for a few days, what time he eats, how much (portion size), how long it takes him to eat the meal or snack.




frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Refer to the feeding chart thing i posted.  A banana would be a good wake up fruit and a good fruit to have for a bedtime snack.


Quoting angeleyes16:

I usually offer fresh fruit instead of other sugar processed crap. Ds looves bananas. I don't want to give him too much though. How many bananas a day is too much? He usually eats 2. 

Quoting frndlyfn:

Make it more about quality when he does eat.  Minimal junk and have fruits/veggies readily available.  Whole grain instead of overprocessed white bread and snacks.


Quoting angeleyes16:

Thank you =) I have started this, but I need to get my dh more on board. He just says that he's a boy and boys eat a lot... (sigh) 

Quoting Snapdragon88:

Yes. It sounds like food is becoming a problem. He's eating for comfort.

Fix the issue by having set mealtimes and snack times. NO food inbetween.







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