Recording regular measurements of your child's height, weight and head circumference at your visits to your pediatrician and plotting them on a growth chart are a good way to see if your child is growing normally.
Unfortunately, some parents become preoccupied with worries that their child is small or near the bottom of the growth chart. Remember that it is your child's rate of growth that is the most important factor to consider when evaluating if your child is growing and developing normally and not where he is on the growth chart. If your child is following his growth curve, then he is likely growing normally.
So how much can you expect your baby to be growing at this age?
General guidelines for your infant's growth rate include:
- Gaining about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds a month
- Growing about 10 inches (25 cm) between the time he is born and he is twelve months old
- Having a head circumference that grows at about 2 centimeters a month