My twin boys are 6 months old, and they just got weighed. Matthew is 18 lb 9 oz and Eli is 19lb 14.5 oz. These weights, on Baby Center, put them both in the 50-75 percentile for weight. Matthew is in 10-25 percentile on length and head, and Elijah is in 25 percentile for length and head. I just got back from WIC, and the guy there said Elijah was actually in the 90th percentile for weight. Coming from preemies (M: 5lb, E: 6.5 lb), I am just astounded that they have gained this much weight. They started in the below 5 percentile. I fear I am overfeeding them. Everyone says they look healthy, and so far it hasn't caused any developmental delays (they sit on their own, can pull themselves to a crawl stance, and can hold their weight standing with help balancing), but still I don't want to make my kids overweight. Below is a bunch of info as I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong, so bear with me!
Feed 5 times a day, 6oz formula in bottle. They at least eat 5 oz each feeding. That makes 25-30 oz a day. WIC suggests that a baby gets at minimum 24 oz a day, so I should be good on that.
Each bottle, I either put 1 tbs rice or about half a jar (*edit* about 1/3 jar) of baby food, depending on if we're out and it's convenient to feed baby food. Roughly, they get rice 3 times, baby food 2 times.
Formula: 5 oz=100 calories
Rice: 1 serving=1/4 cup. 1 serving=50 calories. 3 tbs=1/4 cup.
Peas (they also eat other vegetables, just using this b/c I had it): 1 jar=1 serving. 1 serving=60 calories.
So. During one 24 hour period, they roughly get from around 610 calories - 710 calories a day. I've read that they should get 500-750 calories a day, so overall they apparently are eating what they should.
So, am I doing something wrong? Why have they jumped through the percentiles? I've heard that it's not the percentile you should look at, but whether they are moving percentiles quickly (which it seems to me that they are) that you can look at as a potential problem.
I know another baby born on the same day as them, and she is half their size. I know other babies similar in age, and every single one is smaller than them. Is it just that they are big babies, or should I be worried?
*Side Rant*: why, oh why, if WIC knows how much formula/rice you should feed a baby, why would they not give you enough formula and way too much rice? They gave me 3 boxes of rice each. I know I won't come anywhere close to using all of that. They used to give me 10 cans of formula each, and I always had to buy an extra can or two at the end of the month. Now, they've dropped it to 7 cans each.