Heritability studies of BMI, based upon twin samples, have identified genetic and shared environmental components of BMI, but have been largely silent about the nonshared environmental factors. Intrauterine factors have been identified as having significant long-term effects on BMI and may be a critical source of nonshared environmental influence. Extant studies based on samples of either unrelated individuals or twins cannot separate the effects of genetics, shared environments, and nonshared intrauterine conditions because the one lacks variation in the degree of relatedness and the other has insufficient variation in intrauterine conditions. This study improves upon these prior studies by using a large, sibling-based sample to examine heritability, shared environmental, and nonshared intrauterine influences on BMI during two age periods in childhood (6–8 years; 12–14 years). The primary interest was in determining the effects of the intrauterine environment on BMI as a component of the nonshared environment and in determining whether there were sex-specific differences in heritability and/or in the intrauterine factors. These were estimated using regression-based techniques introduced by DeFries and Fulker. Heritability of BMI was estimated to be 0.20–0.28 at 6–8 years and 0.46–0.61 at 12–14 years. Differences in heritability were found at 12–14 years between same-sex as compared to mixed-sex pairs. The shared environmental effect was significant at 6–8 years but insignificant at 12–14 years. Differences in birth weight were significant in all groups at 6–8 years suggesting long-term effects of the nonshared intrauterine environment; at 12–14 years, birth weight was no longer significant for girls.