Ages & Stages of your child

Understanding your child's growth and development is an important part of parenting. Use this guide from CHOC to follow along with your child's milestones.

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How much to feed newborns

The amount of food a newborn eats affects their weight much more than their length in the early stages of life. Poor weight gain needs to be present for a long time in infants before it affects their length.

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What is the average length for a baby?

Most newborn babies follow a predictable level of growth during their first year. People can track the length of their baby using average growth charts.rnThe average length of a full-term newborn baby is 19–20 inches (in), or 49–50 centimeters (cm). However, a length of around 18.5–20.9 in, or 47–53 cm, is also normal.rnrnMale babies are slightly longer than female babies. Doctors measure a baby's length from the top of their head to the heel of their foot.

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