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The Toddler Weight Issue

By Fredrica Syren

My 20-month-old son is a big boy. He has thick legs with muscles. He has big feet and hands. And he’s tall. I guess you would say he’s a solid little man. On so many occasions, at the park and other places, I have run into strangers who just cannot stop talking about how big he is, how stocky he is; and who cannot resist asking me “Wow! How much does he weigh?” etc. etc. etc. They even will laugh at him. I have to admit that I get super defensive since, first of all, in my eyes he’s perfect; but, second, he is not THAT big. He’s in the 90th percentile for height and in the 80th percentile for weight.  In other words, he is perfectly normal. But when they talk, I feel as though my child is the incredible hulk, not my gorgeous toddler.  They won’t even believe me when I tell them he’s like this on a vegetarian diet and does not eat sugar at all.

The ironic thing is that his 5-year-old sister is skinny but tall. When she was a toddler, people would not stop talking about how tiny she was, and they would ask if a vegetarian diet really was good for her and whether she needed some sugar???!!!.

I guess there is no “perfect” toddler, and that people will always compare kids and the way they look. I’m baffled that strangers would do this, but when it comes down to it, I am probably being sensitive and should just stop letting it bother me.  I know that my kids look great and are super healthy, no matter whether they are solid or skinny.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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