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09th Aug 2018

Mum admits she’s worried her 6-month-old daughter’s legs are ‘too fat’

'Am I doing something wrong?'

Anna O'Rourke

Mum admits she's worried her 6-month-old daughter's legs are 'too fat'

Is it ever really OK to mention how ‘fat’ someone else’s baby is?

It might seem harmless but could cause their parents some upset.

A mum has taken to the internet with concern over comments on her six-month-old daughter’s weight.

The anonymous woman said that people often remark on the size of the baby’s legs and admitted that this upset her.

“Everyone always comments on her legs and how fat they are and it’s getting to me,” she wrote in a post on parenting forum Mumsnet.

“For example someone said yesterday ‘bloody hell how much are you feeding her?’

“For reference she has less than the average amount of formula and never finishes a bottle.

“She also only started weaning last week and has so far only had fruit, veg and Weetabix.

“Am I doing something wrong?” she asked, sharing a photo of the baby’s legs.

Mum admits she's worried her 6-month-old daughter's legs are 'too fat'

The woman’s fellow Mumsnet users attempted to allay her worries and assured her that it’s perfectly normal for a baby to have chubby legs.

“I wouldn’t worry abut something like this op (other parent), once babies are mobile they tend to lose the chubby thighs,” wrote one.

“Enjoy squishing those legs and pretending to eat them and all the crazy things we do with adorable babies because very soon they will be like two little sticks running around and you’all wonder where your baby went!” commented another.

A number of mums also said that their own once-chubby babies left their ‘rolls’ behind once they got a little older.

“My pudding baby is now a 6 foot lean 17 year old,” said one user.

“DS1 (Dear Son one) had the fattest roly poly legs ever but when he started walking they thinned right out and now they are like spindly twigs.”

Has your child ever been the subject of eyeroll-inducing comments? How did you deal with them? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.