Is my child growing well?

Children come in different sizes and shapes. Though your child may be taller or shorter, heavier or lighter than other children the same age, changes in height and weight generally follow a regular pattern that is right for your child.

Babies grow at different rates. For example, breastfed babies tend to grow more quickly than non-breastfed babies in the first six months and tend to grow more slowly in the second six months of life. Non-breastfed babies tend to grow faster in the second six months of life.

This fact sheet for parents was developed to promote the recommendations of the collaborative statement on the use of the new WHO growth charts to assess and monitor growth of Canadian infants and children. It is available in PDF format in 9 languages: