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Is she eating enough?

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My daughter will be 18 months old on the 20th, and weighs 19-20lbs. She is an itty bitty little thing and her dr is not worried about her size. Well, she wasn't at her last dr's visit 3 months ago. She see's her again on the 23rd. But I am. My mom and dad tell me I was tiny when I was little too. Unfortunetly I have NO idea what the father was like when he was little, he left when I was 5 months pregnant. She is active, learning, happy, talks, runs, plays. But she's so small. She eats like a bird and is picky majority of the time. I feed her the same foods I eat (within reason) as well as healthy toddler snacks. I give her one Pediasure every day (recommended by her dr and a nutritionist) and it does make me feel better. But I still worry. Am I over reacting? Everyone says she's fine, and most of the time I think she's fine too. But I still worry. She can still fit into 12 month size clothes. I have to pin EVERYTHING. I put her in cloth diapers at home (pre-folds with the Gerber rubber pant covers) and the covers are huge on her (also 12 month size). I am a poor single mama and was only able to get her to see a nutritionist because WIC required it due to her size. Anyone else going/have gone through this? Any tips or helpful hints on food/snacks/meals would be greatly appreciated. TIA!

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My kids are huge, so this isn't something I've dealth with. My 3 1/2 year old daughter (7lbs 15oz and 20.5 inches at birth) is a little tall for her age and is wearing 4T clothes. My 2 year old son (8lbs 9oz and 21.5 inches at birth) has always been enormous. He's wearing 3T clothes, is in the 80th percentiles for heigh and weight, and wears size 10 shoes. My 6 month old daughter (7lbs 5oz and 20.5 inches at birth) has her next check up this week, but is close to 20 pounds and is wearing 9 and 12 month clothes. But, nearly everyone I know has small babies. They look at me like I'm insane when I tell them how big my kids were when they were born. So, it seems like being on the small side is pretty common these days. One of my friends has a 2 year old little girl who weighs about 23 pounds. Another friend has a little girl who just turned 1 and is about the same size as my baby.If your pediatrician isn't worried, there's no reason for you to be worried. Some babies are just small, especially if they were small at birth. Most kids catch up to their peers at some point and are normal height and weight as adults.
How much they weigh at birth actually has alot to do with how much they weigh as they get older.However, it does not make that child abnormal in any way.It also depends on how someones body is made, eeryone has a different figure.Height is another thing, you can take 2 babies both weighing 25lbs but if one is smaller in height it will look chubby whereas the other one will be taller and look skinny.There are so many factors that go into how much you weigh/how small you are.If she is eating 3 normal sized meals a day and her weight is consistant then she is fine.Kids are picky,but she won't starve, when she is hungry she will eat and if she is not eating alot she obviously doesn't need it.The body will not allow itself to starve, when you get hungry you will eat and your child is the same way.My daughter weighs 16 lbs and she is 26 inches long, but at birth she only weighed 4lbs and 7oz and she was 17 1/2 inches, she eats 4 oz every 4 hours and eats rice at night.So I think it really depends on the baby, some people are small.

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