A baby born weighing 14lbs 15oz is now so big he’s already eating porridge and bursting out of size 9-12 month clothing – at the age of just five months.
Alpha Stone Mitchell, now 24 weeks, was crowned Britain’s third largest new born when he arrived via Caesarean section on 28th October 2021 at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
The tot is now a hefty 1st 10lbs and squeezing into size 9 to 12 month baby clothing – despite not yet being six months old.
His mother, Cherral Mitchell, 31, from Thame, called her son ‘a whopper’, saying her little boy is now so chunky and hungry that she’s having to wean him off milk and start him on soft foods.
Alpha Stone Mitchell, now 24 weeks, was crowned Britain’s third largest new born when he arrived via Caesarean section on 28th October 2021 at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, pictured
The tot is now a hefty 1st 10lbs and squeezing into size 9 to 12 month baby clothing – despite not yet being six months old
During her 30-week scan, it became clear that Cherral was expecting a larger-than-usual baby, and at 36 weeks, her baby bump ballooned.
Doctors believed this was due to Cherral’s gestational diabetes diagnosis – a condition which caused Alpha to consume sugary amniotic fluids in the womb.
But despite doctors’ predictions, Cherral and husband Tyson could never have imagined their son would be born weighing over a stone.
Cherral said: ‘When we first saw him, my first thought was he was not going to fit into any of the clothes I’d brought in the hospital bag.’
Twyla-Bay, left, is only 10 months older than her younger brother, but Alpha already weighs just under 11lbs lighter than her
How gestational diabetes impacts pregnant women
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth.
It can happen at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second or third trimester.
It happens when your body cannot produce enough insulin – a hormone that helps control blood sugar levels – to meet your extra needs in pregnancy.
‘Tyson even had to go home to bring back some 3-6 month clothes for him.
‘When he was first born, I suddenly thought ‘oh wow, you are a big baby’ and then started asking the midwives how big he was.’
Weighing 14lb 15oz, Alpha claimed the title of the UK’s third largest new born baby on record, closely following Guy Carr who measured 15lb 8oz at his birth in 1992, and George King who tipped the scales at 15lb 7oz in 2013.
After delivery, midwives started excitedly Googling the measurements of the UK’s heaviest new born.
Cherral recalled: ‘One of the anaesthetists admitted to me that Alpha’s birth was the first one she hadn’t cried at because she was just so shocked by his size.
‘Everyone kept laughing when his head came out. My husband Tyson was like: “he’s a chunky boy”.
‘Tyson still calls Alpha his future Strongman, and already says he’ll need to do some more weightlifting training to keep up with his son one day.’
The mother-of-four said: ‘Alpha was a whopper.
After delivery, midwives started excitedly Googling the measurements of the UK’s heaviest new born (pictured)
Big baby! Cherral joked Alpha ‘skipped’ the newborn phase and went straight to being three-months-old because of his size
Mother-of-four Cherral said her son loves porridge and rusk biscuits – despite most babies not being ready to eat solids until they are at least six months old (pictured left and right)
Britain’s biggest ever babies
While Emilia’s birth weight is impressive, she’s no where near the record for the biggest baby born in Britain.
The heaviest baby ever born in the UK was 15lb 8oz Guy Carr, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, who was welcomed via caesarean section in 1992.
George Joseph King, who arrived on February 11 in 2013, is thought to be the biggest baby born naturally in Britain.
He weighed a staggering 15lb 7oz (more than double the average newborn weight of 7lb 8oz) when he was born at Gloucester Royal Infirmary.
George’s mother Jade Packer, then 21, who had gas, air and a last-minute epidural, described the labor as ‘horrifically traumatic’.
In December 2017, Brodey Young became the heaviest baby born at a hospital in a decade, tipping the scales nearly 13lb.
He weighed in at 12lb 130z – nearly the same as a bowling bowl, stunning midwives and doctors on the Blueberry Ward at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby – and his mother Sheralyn Wilcock, of Cleethorpes.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest baby ever born was the son of Canadian giantess Anna Bates (née Swan) who gave birth at her home in Seville, Ohio, on January 19, 1879.
Her not-so-little boy weighed 22lb (9.98 kg) and measured 71.12 centimeters (28 in). The baby, who was not officially named but just referred to as ‘Babe’, sadly died 11 hours later.
‘We knew he was going to be a big boy as my bump was huge, but we didn’t realize quite how big he would be until he was here.
‘I’d had three babies before and with Alpha it felt like we skipped the new born stage altogether – and went straight to him being three months old.
‘He didn’t fit into any new born or 0-3 month baby grows – he went straight to 3-6 month and quickly grew out of them.
‘Even now he’s in 9-12 month clothing, it’s a little tight – it won’t be long before he’s in the next size.
‘And I just found he wasn’t feeling full enough after drinking his milk so I’ve had to start weaning him early.
‘Now he gobbles up porridge and he loves rusk biscuits too.
‘He’s a growing boy.’
He loves porridge and rusk biscuits – despite most babies not being ready to eat solids until they are at least six months old.
Alpha’s considerable appetite leads him to eat baby porridge first thing in the morning, before drinking 7oz bottles of Aptamil baby milk every three hours and consuming a whole baby rusk in the evening.
Full-time-mother Cherral – who has Rouge-Angel, five, Lyon, three, and Twyla-Bay, one, with husband Tyson, 36, an electrical engineer, – said: ‘We just started introducing baby porridge because he still seemed hungry in the morning.
‘He’s not quite six months yet, but it’s not affecting his digestive system so it’s fine.
‘He also sleeps all night from his last bottle at 9 or 10 o’clock until he wakes at five or six, ready for his next one. He’s a good baby.’
None of Cherral’s other children were as big as their little brother when they were born.
Cherral revealed: ‘None of my children weighed anywhere near 1.5st at Alpha’s age.
‘And they only needed to be fed every four hours – he’s definitely the greediest.’
‘Because Alpha is so long, he’s not far off his one-year-old sister’s height so people actually say to me “ah you’ve got twins!”
‘He doesn’t even fit in his carry cot anymore because he’s so long, so he sits in a car seat on the buggy instead.’
Twyla-Bay is only 10 months older than her younger brother, but Alpha’s weight is just 11lbs off his elder sisters.
Twyla-Bay and her two older siblings were delighted to welcome their baby brother when he returned from the hospital at the end of last year.
Cherral said: ‘His siblings absolutely love Alpha.
‘They always want to hold and feed him and even put his dummy in before I even get a chance to, so they’re helping out a lot.’
Alpha, left, is the latest arrival in Cherral’s family, who is also mum to Twyla Bae, 16-months second left, Rouge-Angel, five in pink and Lyon, who is four
Alpha is almost as big as Twyla-Bae, pictured on his left, is, who is 16 months, in spite of not being six-months-old himself
Proud mother Cherral said none of her other children were as big as Alpha when they were born
Alpha is so big, he does not fit into his carry cot anymore, and has to wear clothes designed for children who are six to 12 months old
Baby Alpha is so chunky already that Cherral had to wean him off breast milk and start him on soft food