Jouet du Jour

There are certain toys that can date a generation of children with pretty keen accuracy (Etch-a-sketch anyone?  Sindy, before Barbie ripped her to shreds?)  Well I have a feeling that this year’s babies will be dated by a million snapshots in which Sophie, the ubiquitous French teething giraffe, makes a cameo appearance.

Today, whilst walking home from a coffee session with my NCT homies, I’m ashamed to say that I had a fit of Sophie-envy and bought one for James from the nearest shop.  “See, James, now you can stop being an individual and be just like all the other babies.  Yeah!

Still, for a piece of squeaky rubber, It’s remarkable how much he seems to like it.  He grinned at it inanely the minute he laid eyes on it, and chomped and slobbered away as soon as he got it into his sticky paw.

Continuing with the relentless slavery to STUFF, I suspect next month’s jouet du jour is going to be the Bumbo chair…

In other news, I took the microbe to a clinic today to get his measurements done.  I told the lady that I was a bit concerned that he might be underweight for his length and not getting enough milk.  However she declared that his weight is still (just) on the 25th percentile line and therefore not a cause for worry.  Oddly, she refused to do his length measurement, on the basis that “it doesn’t tell us anything”.   Hmmm…  does weight mean anything in isolation?   What if he’s grown longer than his weight?  What if he still has a ginormous head?  Why does his red book have a chart for length as well as weight?  (I suppose G and I are going to have to have a go at measuring him ourselves in order to assuage our curiosity…)


About Susan Flockhart

Bonsai lady-geek and blogger. I can hardly recall what I used to blog about pre-microbes, but these days I generally ramble about motherhood, nonsense and whatever's going on the world of tiny people
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3 Responses to Jouet du Jour

  1. As long as he remains constant on wherever he is on the growth charts, it’s nothing to worry about. All 3 of my girls were/are a bit on the slight side (between the 20 and 40 percentile) and they’re all quite healthy.

    The main way to tell if he’s getting enough milk is to monitor the diaper count. has more info on that (assuming you haven’t seen this website already, which you probably have). Iirc, a baby of 3 months should have at least one poopy diaper a week and at least 6 wet diapers a day. The wet diapers are the most important since at that age, babies poop on their own weird schedule. You might want to check on my numbers, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a newborn 🙂

    And if you’re really concerned, a lactaton consultant can weigh the baby before and after a feeding to calculate exactly how many ounces he’s getting when he eats.

    But FTT (Failure to Thrive) has other symptoms besides just not gaining, to officially get diagnosed FTT your baby usually has to be going downwards in the charts (dropping off in most cases) and not meeting milestones are some of them. It doesn’t sound like that’s what’s going on here 🙂

  2. When Leo had his 8-week checkup the GP told us that they don’t measure length any more as head circumference is a much more reliable indicator of bone growth. Leo’s got a big head too- 99th percentile, but it’s a little less surprising for him as his weight is on about the 95th as well.

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