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Overweight 14 month old Jake Wyler 1 child; 2 angel babies; New Jersey 1171 posts
Jan 9th '17

So at our last doctor visit in the beginning of December DS was 32 lbs and 32 in and his pediatrician said that was way too much and that we needed to cut all of his portions in half, which I didn't do because I felt it was unnecessary. He has always been big since birth (9.6 lbs and 23 in).
We just got back from his appointment and he is now 34 lbs and about 33 in and the pediatrician said we really need to cut all of his portions in half and not give him junk (which he really doesn't get). I am at a loss. I need ideas I guess. I am so upset about it and worried about DS.  

DS typically has an egg and toast for breakfast, sometimes a yogurt or fruit. Today he had 1/2 a pear. For snacks he will have MumMum wafers, dry cereal, yogurt or fruit, yesterday he ate a whole banana. He loves veggies, I usually buy the frozen mixed ones and give them to him with meals, like if he has Mac and cheese for lunch he gets veggies too. For dinner last night he had about 10 tiny cut up pieces of steak and a scoop of mixed veggies so I don't really see how I could cut that in half. He drinks water all day, rarely ever any juice and he has about 24 oz of whole milk in a day. DH just bought 2% so we are going to try that. He does still wake for milk at night so that I am trying to change by offering water. He does have his occasional chicken nuggets, fries and cookies, but not often. 

Sorry this is long, I just wanted to get all my thoughts down.

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Consuela* United States 5029 posts
Jan 9th '17

Make sure the yogurt doesn't have a ton of sugar in it, along with the cereal. A lot of yogurts and cereal do. Also, if you give him any fruit cups make sure its not in syrup. Go easy on the pasta and breads. 
I would do mostly veggies and fruits for meals with a small portion of meat/protein. Most people eat way more meat than necessary, unless you are a bodybuilder/athlete smaller portions of meat and bigger portions of veggies are better.

Jake Wyler 1 child; 2 angel babies; New Jersey 1171 posts
Jan 9th '17

Quoting Consuela*:
Make sure the yogurt doesn't have a ton of sugar in it, along with the cereal. A lot of yogurts and cereal do. Also, if you give him any fruit cups make sure its not in syrup. Go easy on the pasta and breads. 
I would do mostly veggies and fruits for meals with a small portion of meat/protein. Most people eat way more meat than necessary, unless you are a bodybuilder/athlete smaller portions of meat and bigger portions of veggies are better.



He gets the Stony field organic yogurt for babies and he never gets fruit cups, just fresh fruit and he gets Cheerios. Steak is very rare in our house so he's other eaten it a handful of times abd he eats no otjwr beef. I will try to up veggies I guess.

LittlebuttsMamax3! 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Asheville, North Carolina 17335 posts
Jan 9th '17

I think thats too much milk. I'd cut the ounces down but otherwise sounds fine to me. I wouldn't cut his portions in half thats for sure. It's frustrating that thats the only advice your pedi gives you. Did he not ask about what he eats? I know our pediatrician asks.

If he's always been big and is on his growth curve I really wouldnt worry too much. He doesn't seem that big to me honestly. 

Jake Wyler 1 child; 2 angel babies; New Jersey 1171 posts
Jan 9th '17

Quoting LittlebuttsMama x2:
I think thats too much milk. I'd cut the ounces down but otherwise sounds fine to me. I wouldn't cut his portions in half thats for sure. It's frustrating that thats the only advice your pedi gives you. Did he not ask about what he eats? I know our pediatrician asks.

If he's always been big and is on his growth curve I really wouldnt worry too much. He doesn't seem that big to me honestly. 


Ok, I will definitely cut down on the milk. How many ounces a day do you think is good at this age? And yeah, I tried explaining his food, but didn't really get anywhere. She just said that since my husband and I aren't big that DS shouldn't be either. 

bia. 4 kids; ., ., Portugal 102641 posts
Jan 9th '17

Ignore ignore ignore. I don't feel you feed him junk, I would just cut the milk and offer water during the night, other than that... He doesn't look over weight to me. Shy

bia. 4 kids; ., ., Portugal 102641 posts
Jan 9th '17

Quoting Jake Wyler:

Ok, I will definitely cut down on the milk. How many ounces a day do you think is good at this age? And yeah, I tried explaining his food, but didn't really get anywhere. She just said that since my husband and I aren't big that DS shouldn't be either. 


Oh bullshit, really? 

Jake Wyler 1 child; 2 angel babies; New Jersey 1171 posts
Jan 9th '17

Quoting bia.:
Ignore ignore ignore. I don't feel you feed him junk, I would just cut the milk and offer water during the night, other than that... He doesn't look over weight to me. Shy


Thank you! DH thinks I'm nuts because I cried after the appointment and said that I was overreacting. We will definitely start cutting out the milk at night starting tonight. 

Jake Wyler 1 child; 2 angel babies; New Jersey 1171 posts
Jan 9th '17

Quoting bia.:

Oh bullshit, really? 


Yup Shy

LittlebuttsMamax3! 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Asheville, North Carolina 17335 posts
Jan 9th '17

Quoting Jake Wyler:

Ok, I will definitely cut down on the milk. How many ounces a day do you think is good at this age? And yeah, I tried explaining his food, but didn't really get anywhere. She just said that since my husband and I aren't big that DS shouldn't be either. 


Ugh thats dumb. Obviously he's just a big kid. I wouldn't do more than 16oz, he's also getting what he needs dairy wise from the yogurt too. I know it can be hard to cut out the night time milk.

bia. 4 kids; ., ., Portugal 102641 posts
Jan 9th '17

Quoting Jake Wyler:

Thank you! DH thinks I'm nuts because I cried after the appointment and said that I was overreacting. We will definitely start cutting out the milk at night starting tonight. 


I get it, my DD2 had her 4yr old check in December, she's 46lbs and according to the BMI chart, she's over weight.. She doesn't LOOK over weight though Shy we have to go back in 3 months. It makes you feel like shit though, eh? 

Awkward 5 kids; 2 angel babies; St Cloud, MN, United States 4642 posts
Jan 9th '17

Get a new Pediatrician. Your son is adorable. 
As a mom who has had 4 fat/healthy babies I feel defensive for you.The three older are all healthy and at a normal weight. 
You give him healthy food.He is still a baby and he might be chubbier than other babies but they grow out of that.

Addi&Aria'smama 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Florissant, Missouri 8261 posts
Jan 9th '17

I would cut milk but not go to 2%. He needs the fat in whole milk. He seems like he eats healthy and as long as he is getting plenty of exercise I would ignore the pediatrician.

The Original Bob 4 kids; 4 angel babies; <3, CA, United States 38477 posts
Jan 9th '17

He looks normal to me. Switching to 2% should help. Is he active? Does he run around alot? I would maybe try to up his excersise. 

Mombie+3 3 kids; That place, Pa, United States 3191 posts
Jan 9th '17

It makes you feel awful doesn't it? Ds is 7 and weighs 60lbs and he's like 4 foot tall so he's "over weight" but I don't think he looks it at all! I've always thought boys were just built more "solid". He's was suppose to go back to see his dr about it but I was pissed and never scheduled it. Don't tell my 7 year old he's fat! 

I think your baby looks fine! I was told 16oz of milk is good for a day. Besides that looks like everything else you're doing is great!