Is my baby’s growth normal?

Article first published on Tums2Tots in October 2016.

How do I know if my baby’s growth is normal?

The first year of a child’s life is a long milestone, especially for first time parents. It is incredible how rapidly children grow and develop. We all wonder if there is a sequence on how children develop and grow. Often parents worry if their little ones are on the right track. Sure there are “normal” growth patterns – sitting, crawling and walking, etc. But they are not the same for all children.

What is normal really?

The main goal for year one is conquering gravity, this begins at birth and continues into adulthood. By 24 weeks babies have a fully developed brain and they are able to interpret sensory information from the environment once they are outside the womb. In the first three months after birth, these babies show off ever-expanding changes of movement and growth.

Rather than focusing on helping your baby to sit up or walk, give your baby time to play in a variety of positions on the floor.

Regular Check-Ups

And of course, there are the regular check-ups with the doctor who will monitor weight, length and head circumference every month for the first six months to make sure growth is on track. Growth in head circumference averages 1.27cm per month during the first 6 months