Growth curve of your baby

Do you want to know if your baby, toddler or toddler is growing well and has a healthy weight for his or her age? Then hold the growth curve of your baby closely monitor. The growth curve or growth diagram shows the average developments in growth and weight of children in the Netherlands of various ages. Read here what the growth curve of your baby shows exactly and what you can expect.

What is your baby's growth curve?

The growth curve of your baby shows whether your baby is growing well and has a good weight compared to other children of the same age. The growth curve shows the average growth and the lines within which most children are sitting.

The margins are therefore fairly large because no single child has the same growth curve. It is more likely that your child is above or below average. As long as your child stays within the limits, nothing is wrong. If the growth or weight of your child is structurally above or below the margins, then it is advisable to contact your doctor or to discuss this at the clinic.

Growth curve baby Netherlands

Curious about the growth curve of your baby? On the website of the TNO you can find growth diagrams for all children in the Netherlands.

This therefore applies to children with Dutch parents, but also to children of Turkish, Moroccan or Hindustani origin.

The growth curve of children with down syndrome can also be found on this website. Boys and girls have separate growth charts.

The growth curve can be kept up to the 21st year of life. But usually that is not done. The clinic will monitor the growth of your child until he or she is 4 years old.
Download here the growth diagrams for:

  • Boys from 0 to 15 months
  • Girls from 0 to 15 months
  • Boys from 0 to 4 years old
  • Girls from 0 to 4 years old

(Source TNO More growth curves can be found on the TNO website)

Grow your baby's growth curve online

The health center keeps the growth and weight of your child in the first 4 years. Yet it never hurts to keep up with it yourself. Online you can now keep track of the growth curve of your baby and compare it with the general growth curves on the TNO website. You can also fill in the weight and to make the picture complete you can often add photos.

The development of the weight of your baby

When your baby is born, he or she weighs between 2500 and 4500 grams. Many babies lose some weight in the first week after birth, which is quite normal. Keep an eye on the weight loss in this week. If it is more than 10% of the birth weight, it can be dangerous. After 2 weeks your baby is back on the birth weight and the weight will increase more and more.

  • In the first 3 months there will be 90 to 200 grams weekly.
  • After the first 3 months you have weekly 70 to 150 grams extra baby to love.
  • With the 5 months your baby already weighs twice as much as at birth!
  • If your child is 1 year, he or she weighs 3 times more than at birth!

Is the weight of your child different? Do not panic! It is very common that it is slightly different! If your baby gets around 8 to 12 feedings per day, there is probably nothing to worry about.

Growth baby per week after birth

The length of your baby is between 46 and 54 centimeters at birth. At the moment that your child turns 1 year, he or she has already grown by 25 centimeters. If you and your partner are larger than average, your baby will probably also be a little longer. Toddlers grow about 6 centimeters per year until your child reaches puberty. Growth can go gradually, but your child can also get growth spurts. If the growth deviates very much from the growth curve in one go or the growth level decreases (no longer increasing), discuss this at the health center.

By tracking the growth curve of your baby you can check whether your baby or toddler has a healthy weight for his age.

What can you do yourself to keep your child healthy?

Tips for keeping your toddler healthy:

  • Start by feeding on request:

    Especially when you are breastfeeding.

  • Healthy food:

    If your child is older, healthy food becomes very important. Think of enough fresh vegetables, fruit, grains and proteins. In addition, a good diet plan is also very important.

  • Sufficient rest:

    Rest and regularity are the magic words for a good development of your child. Therefore ensure a good sleep rhythm.

  • Enough movement:

    Exercise is incredibly important for the health of your child. Try to stimulate this as much as possible. By the way, movement is also very good for you, so walking together is both very healthy. Other fun activities include cycling, skating, ball sports or team sports. Encouraging your child to exercise can possibly help to prevent extreme obesity in the future. Unfortunately, obesity is increasingly common among growing children.

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