Parents are often vigilant in recording their baby's growth during their first year, but as babies become toddlers, it might me more difficult to understand the ever-changing height and weight expectations.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrates how to track a child's height and weight, and explains if your toddler's height or weight progression isn't considered normal at the time, parents should pay close attention but not necessarily be concerned.
"This is when kids start running around, walking and burning a lot of energy," Dr. Sears says. "Plus, they kind of become picky eaters. I see this a lot, and I usually don't worry about it too much if I see [an abnormal] height curve, because if kids are growing in their height, that means their hormones are working well."
To help get your child's weight get back on track, Dr. Sears recommends making sure he or she eats nutrient-dense foods, such as avocado and whole wheat pastas and breads. He also suggests making a kid-friendly toddler smoothie that includes healthy yogurt, toddler formula and fruits such as bananas, strawberries and blueberries.
- Follow your kid's development with childhood growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.