OMG your baby weighs what?!

OMG your baby weighs what?!

OMG your baby weighs what?! So recently I’ve come to a realisation – women are obsessed with weight. I know that’s a completely new revelation isn’t it! Never heard of before.

But really what gets my goat (I don’t actually have a goat, nor do I want one; if it was an alpaca then we’re talking) is how, as mums, weight still seems to be a central problem. Now I don’t just mean the baby belly we all inevitably gain post birth, but we are also obsessed with how much our babies gain! I’ve spent many a morning at the weighing clinic, and at some points I’ve been worried about how my daughter hasn’t gained as much as she should. That’s not what upsets me, it’s the competition between mums as to how much your baby has gained and how much they weighed equivalent at the same age. It’s almost a badge of honour for being a “good mum”.

Come on! You don’t get a flaming prize for your baby being on the 90th centile or the 25th. It’s not a race to the finish line.

Please don’t misinterpret me, I completely understand why people worry about their babies weight and I do myself, I am solely on about the competition between mums and the smug satisfaction when their baby weighs the heaviest or has gained the most.

MUMS… it has nothing to do with you. We all know that the lighter babies aren’t light because their parents aren’t feeding them. It can be down to a cow”s milk protein allergy, reflux, lactose intolerance amongst other issues. Those parents end up feeling like rubbish because other mums have little chunky monkeys, and they feel they’ve done something wrong. Your baby will weigh what they weigh and that’s that, it can just be how your baby is. You can do everything possible and still have a little one on the 4th centile; some people are bean poles as adults, some are a little more cuddly, it’s only natural our babies would have the same variations.

If you’re a mum with a tiny baby on a smaller centile or with a feeding issue, please don’t lose heart. Just ignore those mums that make you feel like crap and move on, there is going to be another mum in exactly the same boat as you, just around the corner. And lets face it, they’re way more fun to hang around with!

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  1. Tania Hebert
    February 1, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Fast forward a few years and it will be the other way round with all the concerns about child obesity: “Wow your kid is so fat!”

    • February 2, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      I know Tania, I saw someone on facebook today upset because they had diagnosed their 2 year old as obese, starting self image issues early there!

  2. May 1, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Just read this post and I have to add that sometimes it’s not the other mums it’s the health visitors! My little one was on the 9th centile born then dropped to 2nd and stayed at the 2nd due (in my opinion) to her reflux. It’s upsetting sometimes as the health visitors question you as if you are not feeding your child!

    • May 4, 2016 / 6:44 am

      I think it’s an endemic problem! It’s just such a shame!

  3. Olivia
    February 23, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    My babies were both preterm by 10wks and were tiny. My son spent up until his teenhood on a very low percentile and has recently hit 10%. Weight was always been commented on and all the ways to get more food in him. My son has CP so his muscles do constant exercise due to his CP even when sitting which is all the time with no mobility. My bros were both lean until 35 so genetics to.
    This weight chatter had a bad affect on my other child who went through eating issues for ages and has recovered with assistance.
    If the child is in good health then lets back off the weight chatter of our kids.

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