I know it can be common for babies around 1 year old to lose weight, but it's making me freak out a little.
My 14 month old boy has always been teeny. 5lbs 15oz at full term birth.
At his 12 month appointment he was 17lbs exactly and .07th percentile for weight (below the first percentile). Today at nearly 14months old he is 16.8lbs on my home scale (which normally runs about 1lb heavier than the doctors scale). He is about 2lbs below the 3rd percentile on the WHO charts now if I go off this measurement and has lost approximately one pound since he turned one.
He is growing tall and looking very thin to me. He does not walk yet. He is also below the 3rd percentile for height at 27.5". He is only nursing 4-5 times per day and I no longer pump for him (he drinks about 12oz of whole cows milk at daycare) and he eats solids extremely well. I'm not sure when I could add in extra nursing sessions, he nurses when he wakes in the morning before breakfast, when we get home from daycare, before bed and 1-2 times overnight.
I don't know what else I can do to help him gain weight or if I should just chalk it up to genetics. I feel like he's totally healthy, but occasionally I look at the charts (mostly to predict his weight/height when deciding which car seat to buy him).....but it just makes my stomach drop when I look and see he would be in the 50th percentile IF HE WERE 6 MONTHS OLD and makes me feel crappy.
People are constantly commenting on how skinny he is and how I "need to feed him" and how he is "smaller than their (4, 5, or 6) month old". Which, whatever. I constantly remind myself that he's just small, but part of me wonders if I should be doing more...
His pediatrician obviously tracks his weight and tells me he is "petite" and asks me if I am worried. I always tell him no, and he drops the subject and tells me that since my husband and I are small (5'1" and 5'8") it's ok. I don't want to worry, but I wonder what he would say/do if I told him that I do worry about his size occasionally and sometimes I obsess over it.
It's not like his dad and I are out of the realm of normal, but putting my son in the .07th percentile at his most recent doctors visit does suggest that he is so far off the charts that it can't be "normal".....and now he's older AND skinnier than he was then!
Sometimes I am fine with it and sometimes (like now) I am totally stressed about it!! Maybe I just need some reassurance....