Sunday, October 16, 2005

75 Percentile

Friday at the pediatricians we found out that Calvin is weighing 10 pounds 15 ounces (so I bet he is 11 lbs. by today) and is the size of an average 2 month old at only 5 weeks! He is averaging 75 percentile of height - 22 inches, weight, and head size. Im not sure if he gets his heavyness from moms or dads side of the family here.


At October 16, 2005 7:49 PM, Blogger Carissa said...

Sounds like he is growing great! Getting plenty of that wonderful momma milk to help him grow big and strong.

I don't put a lot of stock in those percentiles. Someone has to be high and someone has to be low. As long as they establish a curve and they are growing and meeting milestones, they're doing well. He'll most likely slow down at some point and maybe even drop some in percentile.

Also, it's important to know what kind of growth chart they were recording his numbers on. Most docs use one that is based on kids from the 1950's! (So mostly formula fed and they started solids really early!) This site

has charts that are specific for breastfed infants.

Breastfed infants tend to grow more rapidly than formula fed babies during the first 2-3 months - so if they used an old growth chart, it's most likely not accurate.

This link

also talks about what the average weight gains are for breastfed babies.

One other thing - try to make sure he is always weighed on the same scale in nothing but a clean diaper to help make sure his weights are accurate.

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