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Baby growth charting

Baby growth charting

Working out my baby’s height, or their potential height anyway, has always been a source of huge interest to me. Predicting how tall they will be once they are fully grown is now something of a science, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I have their predicted heights written down in their little health books, and I am keen to see if the gene pool has been kinder to my children than it was to me. I loved using apps like this baby height predictor to calculate how tall they might be.

Height is determined by the following factors according to Head of Medical Genetics Professor David Ravine from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (Waimr):

- the height of the parents
- nutrition in utero
- the environment in which the child is raised
- nutrition in the first few years of the life of a child
- 70% of the influence for height comes from the genes coded for bone development, growth hormones, and metabolic enzymes.

These all play a key role in normal growth and development

While I want my children to be taller than I was, on the flipside, my girlfriend Trish is worried about how tall her kids will be. Because she is an ex basketballer who in bare feet stands at 180cm tall and her husband hits ceilings at 188cm. She has spent much of her life self conscious about her height and worries for her kids. We’ve both agreed we’d like to swap heights on occasion!

While there are more important things than hoping my kids will find it easier to reach up and get things out of overhead cupboards than me, I can’t help hoping that my husband’s genes prevail over mine. Fortunately our children are healthy, and fall well within the ranges for healthy growth outlined by the World Health Organisation.

Do you wonder how tall your bub is going to be? Have you calculated it yet?

6 Member comments Post a reply

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It's more than a guessing game these days. Sarah looks at the factors influencing your bub's height.

Read the full blog post: Baby growth charting

Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:27 PM

Avatar Constance_Dawn

my son is estimated to be between 172cm-192cm most likely to be 182cm my daughter is estimated to be between 159cm-179cm most likely to be 169cm.

In ft my son will be between 5'6"-6'2" and my daughter 5'2"-5'8"

Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:27 PM

Avatar Zombie1940

How do i calculate my sons height.. what do i add up??

Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:12 AM

Avatar Kristylee160

My son has been calculated to be between 176 - 196cms. He's 3 months old and is already 63cms & in 00's. He has big feet like his Dad (who wears size 16's). He's going to cost us a fortune in clothes lol smile It's all great fun though.

Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:51 PM

Avatar Mgraham2

I find the whole concept of nature vs nurture so fascinating. My son comes from two average heighted parents (dad on the verge of being short, but I would never say that to his face), but our son is in the 90th percentile for height for his age. If he keeps this up he will have outgrown his father by the time he hits 10. Maybe its all the pregnancy vitamins that my mum kept telling me were a load of hocum because "they weren't around in my day and you turned out fine".

Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:02 PM

Avatar Tamarabraovic

My daughter is 7 and above the 98th percentile for a 10 year old. DH 187cm and I'm 174cm. I think it's mainly genetics, and access to better food my DD always chooses berries and fruit over lollies and thinks olives are a special treat!
I'm pregnant with #2 will be interesting to see if she's a big girl like her sister!

Posted 31 May 2014 - 09:32 PM

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