Average Toddler Growth

August 12, 2011. Posted in: Growth & Development,What is Normal?

Some things to look at to determine that your child is getting appropriate nutrition:

  • Growth: not necessarily on a curve, but gaining inches/ounces or parts thereof
  • Meeting developmental milestones on or near target
  • Activity level: alert, happy, active

I have always had a hard time finding information on average toddler growth, so I took a look at the standard CDC growth charts to get these numbers. (Note: these numbers are not for breastfed babies specifically; they come from the growth charts for all children.) This link on checking your child’s growth has some great information on how to monitor your child’s growth using growth charts.

 

Age
Average weight gain
12 – 18 mo
7 – 11 ounces/month
18 – 24 mo
5.3 – 8 ounces/month
24 – 36 mo
4 – 8 ounces/month
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC growth charts: United States. May 30, 2000.

 

 

Age
Average height increase
12 – 36 mo
0.3 – 0.4 inch/month
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC growth charts: United States. May 30, 2000.