Baby growth charts are important tools healthcare providers use to check your little one’s overall health. The charts assess how your baby is growing compared with other children of the same age and gender, and to see how your child is developing over time. Growth standards used for babies under 24 months old are based on the following:
Find your baby’s age in months at the top of the chart. Only some months are numbered, but each month is represented by a vertical line. Find your baby’s head circumference measurement on the left side (measurements are provided in both inches and centimeters).
Find your baby’s length (in inches or centimeters) on the left side of the grid. Find your child’s age in months at the bottom of the chart. Track these horizontal and vertical lines until they intersect on the growth curve. Follow that curve until the end, where the percentiles are written on a white, shaded background.