So Charlie is almost 5 months old, and weighs 19.5 pounds, and is 28 inches long/tall. This is what happens from having big & tall genes, big & tall nurture-parents, and formula that has rice stuff added into it for reflux. (Um, against reflux, actually.) According to the growth charts at the doctor, he's heavier than 95 percent of babies his age and taller than 103 percent of babies his age. I think maybe it's time for us.gov to make some new growth charts...
Anyway what's fun with a big horking baby like Charlie is that a lot of the stuff that babies his age use and need is sized too small for him. His car seat, for example--they make one-size-fits-all carseats that work for babies from birth up thru age 2 or something, but they're not the kind you see everyone snapping onto their grocery carts or strollers. Those kind--the infant portable carriers--are typically rated for babies up to 20-something pounds and 29 inches. Charlie's ok on the poundage but he's about to be too tall (see photo below). But he still needs that type of carrier for going to the grocery or target--because he's still too young to be able to sit up in a cart. (And it's handy for taking naps at grandma's and stuff like that. Sigh. Fortunately there are two infant carriers rated for bigger infants, so I got the Graco SafeRide today and will switch him to that. For 140 bucks. Had I known he would need this, I would have bought it to begin with, but who would predict that a 6 pound 14oz newborn would outgrow his carseat in 5 months?
I also bought him this cute little seat with a snap-on tray
, so he can practice sitting up. I sat him in it and could barely snap the tray on over his fat little thighs. The box claims it's for babies from 3 to 24 months. 24 months! He's going to be 4 feet tall by then. He loves the seat though, so we'll use it as long as we can squoosh him into it.
Oh and his shoulders are getting to be too wide for the countertop infant tub I bathe him in. Which is the tub I bought when he got too big for the infant tub I used to bathe him in. Toddler tubs assume he can sit up. So I guess I need an extra-wide infant tub. Or a bucket or something.
Fortunately he still fits in his crib. And is still the world's most adorable baby, in my possibly biased opinion.