Posted in Child's Health, Nutrition, Toddlers

18 month old not gaining weight

Anonymous

My 18 month old daughter has been stuck on 18.5 pounds since a few months now.. I feed her 3 meals a day and give her snacks in between the meals, I also give her milk mostly with her meals and snacks and water as well. She is a very picky eater, I use to feed her but it took forever and was quite frustrating for me. Her pediatrician recommended that she should eat by herself which she does now but she does not eat much. She's very active and has great motor skills. People always comment on how tiny/little she is for for age it really bothers me... Also what are your thoughts on pediasure? It has a lot of sugar which I don't like, I've heard good things otherwise. Any advice for this worried mama would be greatly appreciated!

  • Jenn
    Jul 13

    What does she like? Maybe try adding extra calories into foods she likes. Or smoothies with peanut butter or avocado for the high calories

  • B
    Jul 13

    My daughter was the same way. We did pediasure and it helped so much. She’s still skinny but gaining on her curve consistently. I also almost always have a smoothie or high calorie snack near us so that she can grab some

  • Stay-At-Home Dan
    Jul 13

    My daughter is picky as well. She weighs about 22lbs and is 22 months. Our Pediatrician reassures us that she is normal and just so happens to be petite. We make sure she gets quite a bit of fat, however she is still the same size. You could try and give almond butter. Almond yogurt has some fat. Also pick up a good multivitamin. Don’t let people make you feel bad. You know your are doing your best. Some toddlers are picky and some aren’t. I don’t know why our society is obsessed with gargantuan babies and toddlers. Some babies/toddlers/children are just petite.

  • Pad
    Jul 13

    . We use powered peanut butter mixed in with her milk for added protein We also use powdered breakfast essentials for vitamins.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 14

    My son is now 20 months and hasn’t gained more than a pound or two since his year check up. His ped isn’t incredibly worried about it, says it’s common for toddlers (especiallyyy the wild runners) to not gain much as they start playing and exploring more. Also- she mentioned that weight gain really drops off after the year- they are not needing to double/triple their weight like they do in the beginning of life. I think of course talk to your doc, but try not to really worry if you know she’s eating well. If you notice she isn’t interested in food that might be more concerning

  • Elle
    Jul 14

    The most important question is probably what have her weight and height percentiles all along? Use those to get an idea of what her norms have been. Number of pounds isn't an accurate measurement of what her growth trajectory should be/has been. Some babies are natually petit. Some babies are tall and sturdy/stocky. How would you have described her thus far? What is your body type? The baby's father?

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jul 14

    My son was always low on the percentile and now a year later hes grown so much... in my opinion its unnecessary. Like I said as long as they are eating and healthy.. dont worry.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 14

    This is my daughter as well. She aslo has a milk allergy so it makes it difficult for her to get enough fat. She has never been great about asking for food or showing signs of being hungry until she is HANGRY. I've found that adding other sources of fats like peanut butter, flax meal, avocado, nuts, etc have really helped. She also really REALLY likes smoothies. You can hide all mystery of goodies in a smoothie! People are always commenting on the size of my LO as well and it can be annoying. It also can be discouraging as a parent because you are trying your best to feed your kid! In the end, some kids are small, some are slow growers and some are picky eaters. But she is yours and she is perfect!

  • Anonymous
    Jul 14

    Thank you all so so much for all the advice/tips and the kind and encouraging words... I most certainly appreciate it and will be trying them out!

  • Cathy
    Jul 16

    As long as your pediatrician feels as though she’s meeting her development than I wouldn’t worry. If people aren’t making you feel bad for one thing it’s another, right? And feel a sense of entitlement to speak up about something that could be considered insensitive to another. I was so tiny growing up. My Dad always used to say, “Good things come in small packages.” It made me feel good and shut others up! 🥰

  • Stay-At-Home Dan
    Jul 17

    Try Ripple Pea milk. It has as much protein as milk, fortified with vitamin D and DHA. Has some fat as well.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 18

    Thank you for the advice and encouragement Cathy, I love what your Dad said about ' good things come in small packages' and will be using this :) Also thank you Stay-At-Home-Dan for the suggestion I will look into it!