All children follow a general pattern of growth from birth, but each child's timing
is unique. Normal growth during childhood depends on a combination of good general health, a healthy appetite, exercise, nutrition and sleep.
Children do not usually grow in a constant way. They usually grow in 'bursts' otherwise known as 'growth spurts'.
HOW DO WE GROW?
CHILDREN WILL GENERALLY GROW ALONG THE
0 TO 12 MONTHS
Grow around 25 cm
1 TO 2 YEARS
Grow around 13 cm
2 TO 3 YEARS
Grow around 9 cm per year. Most kids will have doubled their birth height by the time they are 4 years old
3 YEARS TO PUBERTY
Grow around 5 cm per year. Puberty is a time of rapid growth spurts that are unique to each child
BIRTH TO 2 WEEKS
Many infants lose weight in the first two weeks of life
Regained birth weight and then gain 0.7–0.9 kg per month
Gained about 500 g a month
Doubled their birth weight
Tripled their birth weight and gained about 200 g a month
Quadrupled their birth weight and gain between 1.8–2.3 kg per year
Start to gain weight faster due to the onset of puberty. Normal gains are around 4.5 kg per year