Baby Growth Charts – All About Baby Physical Development From 0-12 Months

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Baby Growth Charts – All About Baby Physical Development From 0-12 Months
Baby Growth Charts – All About Baby Physical Development From 0-12 Months
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Shruti Singh

Shruti Singh

A proud mom to a beautiful little baby girl, learning the art of parenting one day at a time. Experiencing the joys of being a mom for the first time. Excited and anxious about the journey. Takes being a stay-at-home mom as a challenge and there's nothing she would change about it.

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If you are one of those parents who keep a track of everything, then this article is going to come in really handy for you. Ever since my daughter was born, I have been extra particular about her growth according to her age in terms of length, height, BMI and head circumference. And I have checked these growth charts multiple times in a period of 1.7 years.

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Because there are two versions of the growth charts, one devised by WHO and the other is CDC, often times it gets confusing on where to look for. And for your reference, WHO growth charts can be used for infants and toddlers (under two years) alike (no matter their ethnicity and socio-economic class), and CDC for older children.

The growth charts for children given by WHO (World Health Organization) are more apt and revised than the others you may find online and elsewhere. They describe the ideal growth of healthy children in optimal conditions, measuring children who were being breastfed in many different countries.

So have a look at these charts to see how far along your child’s growth is according to the index –

W.H.O CHILD GROWTH STANDARDS FOR BOYS
Age Length (in centimeters) Weight (in KG) Head Circumference (in centimeters)
1 month 51.1 – 58.4 3.4 – 5.7 35.1 – 39.5
2 month 54.7 – 62.2 4.4 – 7.0 36.9 – 41.3
4 month 60.0 – 67.8 5.6 – 8.6 39.4 – 43.9
6 month 63.6 – 71.6 6.4 – 9.7 41.0 – 45.6
9 month 67.7 – 76.2 7.2 – 10.9 42.6 – 47.4
12 months 71.3 – 80.2 7.8 – 11.8 43.6 – 48.5

*Before following any of the above-cited information, a pediatrician’s consultation is highly recommended. Source – W.H.O

W.H.O CHILD GROWTH STANDARDS FOR GIRLS
Age Length (in centimeters) Weight (in KG) Head Circumference (in centimeters)
1 month 50.0 – 57.4 3.2 – 5.4 34.3 – 38.8
2 month 53.2 – 60.9 4.0 – 6.5 36.0 – 40.5
4 month 58.0 – 66.2 5.1 – 8.1 38.2 – 43.0
6 month 61.5 – 70.0 5.8 – 9.2 39.7 – 44.6
9 month 65.6 – 74.7 6.6 – 10.4 41.3 – 46.3
12 months 69.2 –  78.9 7.1 – 11.3 42.3 – 47.5

*Before following any of the above-cited information, a pediatrician’s consultation is highly recommended. Source – W.H.O

These reference values in these table charts have been devised by WHO. However, when you refer to these charts, just remember that every child grows differently. For some children, who don’t seem to putting on any weight initially, tend to gain suddenly after a few months. And those who are born over weight suddenly seem to lose most of it as they grow older.

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So a wise thing would be to not strictly abide by these charts as every once in a while there can be a remarkable difference in your child’s growth and the values that these charts show. A lot of it also depends upon the genetics and other factors, which is why these values show only the average length, weight and head circumference.

Often a growth chart is the only thing that is used to see how healthily our child is growing. But even your doctor must have told you that healthy children come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Breastfed babies tend to be fatter in the first few months and relatively thinner in the later years. So like this difference, there are various other differences that have to be kept in mind while following your child’s growth.

Do You Have Any Question? Speak To Our Expert

In case you have any question or concern regarding the growth of your child, it is best to get in touch with your pediatrician.

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Shruti Singh
A proud mom to a beautiful little baby girl, learning the art of parenting one day at a time. Experiencing the joys of being a mom for the first time. Excited and anxious about the journey. Takes being a stay-at-home mom as a challenge and there's nothing she would change about it.