#81: Understanding your child’s growth chart

Child reaching to top of growth chart on wall

On this episode of the My Little Eater Podcast, I’m digging into what the true purpose of your baby’s growth chart (or toddler’s) is, and what it tells you about their health and growth. Growth charts seem to be either an exciting or a stressful thing for parents, depending on where their child lands on the growth curves. And this is basically because most times, how your child is growing and reaching developmental milestones, all have to do with their overall health. 

This podcast covers what exactly growth curves and growth percentiles are, what it means if your child falls in the 5th percentile vs. the 95th percentile, and when you should truly start to worry, or seek further medical opinions. 

As always, if you find this podcast helps answer your questions about feeding your baby or toddler, please leave a rating and review at Apple Podcasts! This gets your name in a weekly draw for a 15 minute 1-on-1 video session with your’s truly, so we can tackle those feeding questions together! Make sure to leave your Instagram handle, so I can find you if you’re the lucky winner   .

Additional Resources:

Starting solids with your baby? If you’re unsure where to start, start with my Baby Led Feeding Online Course! This course gives you all the steps to get your baby on their way to loving food, eating it safely, and preventing picky eating before it starts! This course is tailored for babies aged 6-12 month old, and gives you the confidence to move through each phase of feeding (from puree to finger foods) in a step by step manner, supporting good eating habits early! 

BABY LED FEEDING ONLINE COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/

If you’re worried your toddler is developing bad mealtime habits, or you’re noticing picky tendencies, this course is for you! My Feeding Toddler Online Course is the best place to start. This course will give you all the tricks to get you on the right path to raising an adventurous and happy eater, eliminating mealtime battles for good! 

FEEDING TODDLERS ONLINE COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/

Healthy Height has been an all time favourite of mine to help support my son’s growth and give him that extra boost of nutrition. They currently have chocolate, vanilla flavours, as well as unflavoured, making it easy to use in shakes, smoothies and even recipes! Plus it’s absolutely delicious. And as a bonus, you can get 15% off your first order by using my special code EATER15! Head over to their website to take advantage of this great offer!

HEALTHY HEIGHTS: https://healthyheights.com

Skip To…

What is a growth chart? (1:40)

When should you worry? (5:05)

What are some normal changes you may see on your child’s growth chart (11:05)

Genetic factors that contribute to growth outcomes (12:o0)

Circumstances that can cause a deviation from their “normal” curve (13:45)

Check out my online courses if you’re struggling with feeding issues (23:10)


meet edwena

Registered pediatric dietitian, mom of two picky-turned-adventurous eater, and the creator of the Texture Timeline™ – an exclusive tool to help move your baby through easy to more advanced purees and finger foods to prevent picky eating.

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