Growth & Skill Development
Toddler growth: What's normal?
As you watch your toddler grow, you may notice that other toddlers the same age as your child are taller or bigger. But remember that children develop on their own schedules. Don't worry if your little one isn't developing at the same rate as other children in the same stage.
What Influences Growth?
There are several factors that may influence the way your child is growing. These include:
- Family History: Growth patterns in children often resemble those of their parents. If you're tall, you may have tall children. If you're short, your children may be as well.
- Sleep: Getting enough sleep is another important factor in your child's height and weight growth. Toddlers should sleep about 10 to 13 hours every day, including naps.
- Diet: A nutritious diet that includes essential vitamins and minerals is important for healthy growth.
Watch for Steady Growth
Your toddler's actual height and weight are not as important as a steady, appropriate rate of growth. Your health care provider will check your toddler's growth at his checkups. But you can also keep track of your toddler's height and weight by plotting the measurements on a growth chart at home — try our easy-to-use online Growth Tracker tool. Discuss changes or any concerns you have about his growth with your health care provider at each well visit.