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How Tall Will your Baby Be?

Alison Wood |21, March 2013


"You're baby's 22 inches long? He's going to be tall when he grows up!" Most everyone likes to speculate how tall a baby will be when he reaches adulthood. Some parents dream of their daughter becoming the short, small-framed gymnast in the Olympics or their son becoming the next basketball superstar. Though no prediction is 100% accurate, it's still fun trying to guess!

Here are a few methods to help you estimate your child's height when they become an adult. What else do you have to do at 3 am in the morning when you're breastfeeding your baby? This is way better than counting sheep to get back to sleep! Try these out today and share your results with family and friends. You could even record everyone's predictions and keep it as a keepsake for your child when he is older

Growth formula.

Add the baby's father's height to your height in inches. Next, take the sum and add five inches for a boy and subtract five inches for a girl. Then, take that answer and divide it by two. The result is probably within four inches of your child's future height.

Toddler formula

Some people believe you can accurately predict your child's height when he is two years old. Simply measure him in inches and double your answer. This answer is the estimation for your child's height when they become an adult.

Online Prediction Tool

There are many tools available online to help you calculate how tall your child will be. Try this one from WebMD.

Is there anyway I can help my child achieve his potential growth?

Absolutely. Genetics has a huge effect on your child's height, but so does his diet. Ensure your child is consuming the recommended daily allowance for important vitamins such as Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, K, iron and calcium. These are necessary for optimal growth in a child. Also make sure your child is getting enough zzz's every night. Ten to twelve hours is best for young children. If your child has trouble sleeping, try to help him wind down before bed by establishing a consistent bedtime routine, cutting back on caffeine and limiting t.v. and electronic game viewing. If you child gets lots of outside playtime and exercise during the day that will help him fall asleep at night as well as add some vitamin D to his diet from the sun's rays.

If your child is a picky eater, try these tips to boost his diet with vitamins and minerals.

Sneak it in. Making pizza or lasagna tonight? Add some spinach to the tomato sauce before baking. Most people never notice! Puree veggies like carrots and zucchini and add them to your baked main dishes. Does your child like homemade sweet breads? Zucchini and carrots can easily be baked into these as well.

Here's an easy, sneaky bread recipe to try on your kiddos.

1 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 scoop vanilla whey powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 zucchini, peeled and shredded
3 small carrots, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped almonds

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a medium bowl combine the flours, whey, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Set this mixture aside.

2. In another medium-sized bowl, blend egg, sugar, shredded zucchini, shredded carrot, pumpkin puree and oil. Add veggie mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. For best slicing results, wrap and store overnight.

Blend it up! Many children love shakes and smoothies. Try throwing in greens, orange and yellow veggies into shakes during the day. Add fruit and your choice of sweetener to make it kid-friendly. If you child prefers milky shakes, use lots of plain yogurt alongside some fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas.

What if my little one seems to be smaller than other children his age?

Baby, toddler and child check-ups are an important part of your child's life. Stay on time with these as your doctor can keep up with the rate your child is growing. If your child falls under the 30 percentile range, sometimes the doctors like to check into their growth history. If you have faithfully taken your child for check-ups since birth, his growth speed can be easily charted. Your doctor can then determine if his small size is a need for concern. His diet may be changed at first and followed by other tests to determine what is causing his small frame. Again, sometimes it is just genetics!

So, how tall will your little one be when he grows up?

Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.

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Becky May 15, 2013 11:20:54 PM ET

The toddler method puts my oldest at 6'4" while the parents method puts him at 5'10". I'm curious to see how tall he gets :)

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Mariah Apr 25, 2013 08:44:20 PM ET

I heard or read somewhere that you can take the average of the parents' heights and add two for a boy and subtract two for a girl. If that's true since I'm about 5'9" and my husband is about 6' our little guy should end up just a little taller than his daddy. :-)

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