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This may be a worry, especially if your child is small or thin. Genetics and our child’s growth patterns are good indicators of their health. The 50th percentile on growth charts is not the weight “goal” for your child. Half of children weigh just more than the 50th percentile, and half weigh less. Some are off the charts in one direction or the other, and if this is their pattern of growth, that is ok. If your baby is happy and active, they are likely getting enough food!

If you try to force your child to eat more, again it will backfire and they will probably eat less than they really want to. Children have little control over things in life, and the amount of food they eat is one of the things they can control! This can turn eating into a power struggle between parents and children. Children “win” and everyone ends up frustrated every time they sit at the table.

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