A mother always knows…
I’ve been worried about C’s weight for a while, but after his latest growth spurt I was doubly concerned. The one roll of baby fat on his body – that little one on his inner thighs – disappeared last month after he grew even longer. His belly has always been completely flat and rock hard. (Maybe someday he’ll wish he had abs like he did when he was a baby…?)
C eats when he’s hungry. His personality is such that there is no way anyone will get him to eat when he doesn’t want to eat! He’s extremely adventurous, constantly moving and exploring. He must burn an exorbitant amount of calories in a day! C would rather play than eat, and he often has little to no interest in taking time away from exploring to eat.
At his 9-month checkup, C’s pediatrician said that he’s now in the 5th percentile for weight and has been steadily falling off of the weight chart since birth. He’s borderline-concerned about C’s weight and suggested we add butter and/or olive oil to his foods to help him gain weight. Hubster and I weren’t sold on the idea of giving C a bunch of butter. Instead, we’ve been giving him yogurt made with whole-milk as well as a lot of avocados.
C loves his yogurt and, as always, very much enjoys his avocados. We’re hoping that he bulks up a bit for his next weigh-in. Below, a picture from Operation Fatten My Child.
Have you had an underweight child? What steps did you take to help him/her gain weight?