Why do you give your babies Cheerios? At least the ones available here have plenty of sugar and salt in them, and there are plenty of little snacks which don't (we offer Pob these and these, for example). Is it just a cultural thing - Cheerios as part of the fabric of American (Canadian) life?
It's not a moral high ground, I have a baby in the 90th centile for height and 99th for weight, so whatever we are doing, it's resulting in her being very well covered. Oh how I hate the comments we get: "I love her little thighs, they're so chunky!" or "you are a little Michelin baby, aren't you?" and "Well, you're not fading away, are you?"
I'm trying not to get worried about her weight. The doctor and health visitor both say it's absolutely fine given she is so tall, and that when she walks she will thin out. They say they don't get worried about children's weights until they are 4 or 5 when patterns get established. I don't know why she has shot up the centiles (remember she was in the 2nd centile a few weeks after birth), except that she really loves food. We don't give her a lot to eat but everything we do give her gets consumed, unlike the other babies we know who tend to reject half of what they are offered or throw it on the floor. Having been skinny til I was 7, and then suddenly overweight by 8 and up and down ever since (with lots of maternal eating issues) I am desperate to help her avoid a similar life, but worry that she just has my predisposition to child-bearing hips (hahah), chunky thighs and a love of food.
I wrote a very sensible comment on BrooklynGirl's similar post about her daughter. When it's someone else's child I'm able to have a rational perspective. But I looked around the first birthday party we went to on Saturday, and noticed that the three other girls there were all delicate and slender, and Pob was bigger than all but one of the boys, and it made me worry for her. I worry that in worrying I'm more likely to give her issues. I'm worried that I'm larger than I'd like to be right now and am not taking much if any action to fix it. I want her to have a lack of self-consiousness, unlike my shyness which ruined my late teens. And I don't know how to do that.