Posted in Child's Health, Nutrition, Toddlers



My 1 yo is eating 3 times a day and 2 times a day for snacks but is not gaining weight. Went to the doctor yesterday and he is on the lowest percentage for the weight and doctor want him to gain weight in a month. Any suggestions on what to give so he can gain weight? Or maybe drinks or vitamins?

  • Rinker
    Nov 28, 2018

    Whole milk instead of 1% or 2% is the first thing I can think of for "healthy" weight gain

  • Taelor
    Nov 28, 2018

    Grassfed whole milk and nutrient dense foods. Good luck!

  • Lulu
    Nov 28, 2018

    Maybe giving pediasure with meals? Some babies are just on the small side though. Doesn't mean they aren't healthy.

  • T.J.
    Nov 28, 2018

    We’ve been having the same issue with our daughter. She’s almost 18 months now and has been in the lowest percentile for awhile we saw a nutritionist and she suggested adding oil and butter to the things she eats where possible. Avocado. Humus. Beans. She’s still a picky eater but gaining a little here and there.

  • Julie
    Nov 28, 2018

    Can you try supplementing his whole milk with healthy oils (avocado oil, olive oil, etc)?? I know when my brother was little (he’s 30 now!) he had trouble gaining weight and that’s what the doctors told my mom to do back then. Also high nutrient good fats like peanut butter (any but butters) and avocados!!

  • Anonymous Mom
    Nov 28, 2018

    Carnation instant breakfast puts weight on fast. You just have to figure out what one he likes.

  • Kelly
    Nov 28, 2018

    Whole milk, butter, healthy oils (olive/avocado) and peanut butter.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 28, 2018

    Did the doctor give any suggestions!? Anywho, I know lots of parents like pediasure drink. Also, has he always been lowest percentile? My son was always in lower percentiles since birth so he didn’t gain much between visits. But doc looked at his specific growth curve so he was fine...basically as long as he wasn’t Losing but still gaining even Very minimal was ok. Depends on own specific percentile.

  • Birdie
    Nov 28, 2018

    We did parent’s choice “Walmart” version of pediasure. Same thing it’s just cheaper. Targets up & up brand is also cheaper. We also added added a little gerber oatmeal to her milk bottles (not enough to need a spoon, just enough to drink through the bottle). We also did high fat yogurt. And fat bomb breakfast sandwiches (Joseph’s flat bread (very nutrient dense) with mayo, cheese, eggs, & bacon or sausage. A little unsalted butter for flavoring the bread.

  • Cathy
    Nov 28, 2018

    Pediassure. Anything with fat (good fats like Kelly mentioned). Grilled cheese, eggs, yogurt, are also good ideas. Or plain cheese too. Check out Pinterest!

  • Ira
    Nov 29, 2018

    Thank you all so much! I will try all your suggestions.