Grow, Baby, Grow

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Cute baby with wispy dark hairDuring the first year, your baby will grow and change in so many ways. What is born so tiny and seemingly helpless, will soon be a walking, talking machine!

There are many ways that your baby will change:

  • Physical growth: weight, height, head size, etc. More specific information about physical change is below.
  • Language development: from crying to communicate their needs to first words, your baby’s language will explode during the first year.
  • Cognitive growth: your baby is always thinking and learning! Cognitive growth is the ability for babies to make sense of the world around them and interact with people and other things in their environment.
  • Social and emotional development: your baby will develop the skills to respond to you and others (i.e. first smiles, “talking” to you, etc.) as well as the ability to form relationships (attachment and trust).
  • Motor development: your baby will acquire and work to control both gross (large) motor and fine (small) motor skills. Examples of motor development include your baby’s ability to grasp an item, roll over, sit, pull up, and eventually take those first steps!

As you venture through your baby’s first year, chances are you will have multiple visits to your pediatrician so that he or she can monitor your baby’s development. Each visit will most likely include measurement of your baby (length), weighing of the baby, measuring head circumference, as well as checking your baby’s vitals (heart, eyes, ears, etc.).

During a visit, your pediatrician may share with you a growth chart. This growth chart is a standard chart that is used to compare infants of the same age. The chart shows what the physical characteristics (height, weight, head circumference) of a baby are of the same age. Of course, many, many babies will be below this norm and some will be above the norm. Doctors will be looking for consistent growth (i.e. your baby is consistently in the 60% in terms of growth, meaning you baby is 10% larger than the norm of other babies of the same age). Doctors will be watching to see if growth patterns change dramatically from one visit to the next (i.e. a baby was 60% and dropped to 30%).

The links below can be used to document the measurements for your baby’s physical growth.

These growth charts are standardized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Babies…they sure do grow a lot in that first year. Some may say they grow like weeds! Lucky for you, they are a lot cuter and a lot more fun!

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11 comments

  1. Avatar of LIZ says:

    im very happy watching every develop of my baby

  2. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Can’t believe my baby is now starting to walk. Those tiny steps she made at the sight of her daddy makes my day! I haven’t got the chance to take video of it though!

  3. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    Babies grow so fast

  4. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    My daughter has been growing non stop for the past few weeks…

  5. The babies in my family during the first year, they have developed at there own pace and all had there own favorite things and accomplishments. All were their own, and shinned in their own ways.

  6. Avatar of Dina Dina says:

    I feel like my son grows every second

  7. Avatar of Valerie Valerie says:

    Although I am excited to see my son grow and change, it’s amazing that so many changes happen in such a short amount of time. Just a good reminder to savor every moment of his childhood. Because one day, before I know it, I will be dropping him off for his first day of school. :/

  8. Avatar of Shiloh JohnsonEditor Shiloh Johnson says:

    Thank you Brittany for bringing this to our attention! We have updated the charts with the latest ones available from the CDC (11/1/2009).

  9. Avatar of Brittany Brittany says:

    WOW those are from 2000. pretty sure that was 12 years ago!

  10. Avatar of Ade Lina Ade Lina says:

    My husband and I were just sharing today that we cant believe our baby is already almost 8 months, and she is so big!! Already so many changes in almost a year!

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