How tall is your toddler?

(51 Posts)
Coffee1Sugar Mon 18-Mar-13 18:44:59

Dd is 34 months and just measured her at 95cm. Sick of people saying "oh isn't she tall" all the time. Is she really that tall?!

JollyYellowGiant Mon 18-Mar-13 18:47:37

I shall measure mine tomorrow and let you know. Don't think he's been measured since may.

rumbelina Mon 18-Mar-13 18:49:18

Ds is, um, 28 months and 91cm. He is taller than his same age friends. It doesn't bother me when people say he's tall - its not an insult or a compliment, its just an observation.

OhMyNoReally Mon 18-Mar-13 18:51:59

My toddler 33 months is above the 98th centile is in a size 9 shoe and a year 3 trouser and year 4-5 tops. People ask if he's starting school or if he and 4yr old ds are twins.

Makes me very annoyed, especially when we're waiting for speech and language therapy as he hasn't added any new words since he was about 18 months.

Check your dds centiles that should give you an idea. smile

JollyYellowGiant Mon 18-Mar-13 18:52:28

According to DS's red book, 95cm would be 50th centile for a 34mo boy. But I don't have the girl charts.

hazeyjane Mon 18-Mar-13 18:55:02

Looking in dcs red books, 95 cm at 34 months looks to be about 75th centile.

So quite tall.

Mind you, we are a family of shortarses -

Dd1 was 89cm (9th centile)
dd2 was 88cm (just under 9th centile)
ds is 32 months and 85 cm (0.4th centile)

Lifesagame Mon 18-Mar-13 18:57:04

DS2 is also 28 months and is around 92cm. He is quite noticeably tall when we go to playgroups etc but so was his elder brother. Doesn't bother me if people comment but I'm sure it will in 10 years time when I'm the family shortie and they're both towering over me! grin

My DD turned 2 this month.
When she was measured by the health visitor at 22 months old she was 92cms.

SolomanDaisy Mon 18-Mar-13 19:00:55

Mine is 20 months and 91cm. He looks pretty tall compared to other children.

DD1 is 3.2 [38 months] and is 105cm and had been since she was 3. I'm used to everyone assuming she is 4 or 5 now. I have to blame DP who is 6ft 7, so both DD's are a bit doomed!

dimdommilpot Mon 18-Mar-13 20:16:45

Dd is now 28 month and was last measured at 25 month, she was 87cm. She gets comments all the time about how tall she is, im not sure why but it drives me bonkers! Im fed up of saying 'shes only 2' when people expect more from her! And my friends saying 'she looks about 5' when they see a picture of her. She has really long hair and is very slim which probably makes her look older and taller but for some reason it really makes me mad that people feel the need to pass comment.

hazeyjane Mon 18-Mar-13 21:20:34

It maybe because I am a short person (who would love to be taller), but I always feel as though I am paying a complement when I say that a child is tall for their age. However, it would seem really rude, if someone said, 'goodness, isn't he short!' (And let's face it, on the 0.4th centile, my ds is really, really short!) I will rethink the next time I am looking for something nice to say about someone's child!

Helspopje Mon 18-Mar-13 21:24:22

96cm at 2.5yrs (female child)
was 59.5cm at birth and i'm >99th centile and dad between 95th and 99th so not too surprising

not sure I'd think it a bonus to be 'tall' though as everyone will think they are older than they are and therefore have higher expectations of abilities and behaviours

DD is about 95cm at 30 months. That is 91st centile. People who deal with children a lot tend to comment on her height and assume that she is 3. She is a couple of inches taller than most of her peers, though we know a few tall boys.

BeepBeepBeep Mon 18-Mar-13 23:05:40

DD is 39 months and she was 102cm when I measured her a month or two ago. She is the tallest in her pre-school class bar one other girl.

Coffee1Sugar Tue 19-Mar-13 19:43:08

Actually, remeasured dd more accurately this time and it reads 97cm which according to the red book places her at about 80th centile. At birth and for two years she was always between 91-98th centiles which was a bit surprising as her dad and I are average joes for height. Maybe dd's height has plateaued? hmm She weighs 27lbs at 34 months.

hazeyjane Tue 19-Mar-13 19:56:37

Yes, I realise that it means that people probably expect more from a child that is actually a lot younger than they look. I suppose I was just coming at it from the point of view of someone who is short, and would like to be a bit taller!

MummyPig24 Tue 19-Mar-13 20:05:36

Dd turned 3 on Saturday and I think she is around 85cm. Ds is 5 and 105cm. My children are shorties!

Sirzy Tue 19-Mar-13 20:07:34

DS is 94 cm at 40 months. He has very short legs (still in 18 - 24 bottoms) and a just below average torso (2 - 3 tops)

28 months and 105cm (boy).

Zatopek Tue 19-Mar-13 20:09:40

I'm afraid I do make the odd comment and say "isn't he tall" when I see a tall 2 yr old but that's only because mine is miniscule and I'm always amazed by the height difference. I hope I'm not offending anyone. I'm not at all offended when people say "isn't she small"- she is!

BreasticlesNTesticles Tue 19-Mar-13 20:11:20

DD1 is 3.6 and 110cm, DD2 is 22 months and around 95cm. They are giants.

Bunbaker Tue 19-Mar-13 20:12:52

DD was that height at that age. I don't think it was tall. She is 12 now and 5'1" and smaller than most of her classmates.

OH's family think she is tall but they are all vertically challenged.

HopingItllBeOK Tue 19-Mar-13 20:23:09

coffee if your DD is tall, my DS must be a giant as he's 94cm at 18 months. I hate to think what sort of comments I would get from the folk who blurt out how tall your DD is wink

I have heard that as a rough guide, the height your child is on their second birthday is half what their adult height will be. In that case, I'm hoping DS doesn't grow anymore in the next 6 months as he's already on course to match his Dad's 6'2" and anymore would see him stuck for a career, with only the Harlem Globetrotters or LurchsRus to take him on smile

When I was looking at DD's height centile I found these and when you click on the growth charts for boys and girls it has a BMI centile graph where you look at where your child's height and weight join. DD appears to be 50th centile for BMI as her height is 91st and her weight 75th. That makes sense to me as she is neither thin nor fat looking. I hadn't seen this before.

ATouchOfStuffing Tue 19-Mar-13 20:48:35

Hoping - shit. DD is 92cm at 19 months.
I hope she likes basketball confused

duchesse Tue 19-Mar-13 20:51:25

DD3 is 42 months and 96 cm. <shawtie> She gets away with a lot until she opens her mouth.

JollyYellowGiant Tue 19-Mar-13 21:02:00

DB was 2nd centile until he was at least 15. He's now stopped growing at 6'1 smile

So I figure the age 2 thing is not always accurate!

Last measured DD 2 months ago, so 3yrs 2 months (38M) she was 108cm, 99th percentile. I was 5'7" when I was 11, so I was off the scale apparently. DD will probably end up well over 6'.

We also get a lot of "Only 3?! Ooh, isn't she tall!" to which DD usually replies "yes I am!" and beams proudly at them. grin That tends to stop the rest of the conversation taking it's usual route of "mind you, you're tall, is your DH tall? Were you tall as a child?" etc etc. I don't really mind, but it's nice not to have the exact same conversation for the hundreth time. smile

duchesse Tue 19-Mar-13 21:08:48

Giant my DB was the same! Smallest in every class he was in until he was 16. The shot up a foot in a year. Ended up 6'1".

ATouchOfStuffing Tue 19-Mar-13 21:12:01

Do any of you mum's of tall toddlers feel you have to point out their age when meeting new people? People keep assuming DD is 2.5 and I imagine they must think she is quite backwards confused so I usually say her age.

duchesse Tue 19-Mar-13 21:18:37

A very tall friend with a very tall husband and two very tall for their age children told me something that happened to them once:

She was in a shopping centre loo with her then just 3 yo DD, who had finally managed to grow a fine covering of white blonde hair, and was to all intents and purposes little more than a baby. Anyway, mum went to the loo, having taken her DD to the loo first, and left DD standing just outside the cubicle next to the pushchair while she nipped in for a wee.

A woman came out of the other cubicle, saw her DD and in a completely audible voice said to the little girl "Did your mother cut your hair like that? It looks absolutely ridiculous!".

My friend couldn't pull her trousers up fast enough but unfortunately stupid woman had gone by the time she emerged. The consensus afterwards was that stupid woman thought the DD was about 5-6yo and had had her hair cut like that deliberately. But what an unkind thing to say to a baby!

Sirzy Tue 19-Mar-13 21:22:27

jolly I was the opposite - when I was at primary school I was the tallest in my class the whole way through then I stopped growing and I am now only 5ft.

catkind Tue 19-Mar-13 21:25:08

I think people say stuff just to have something vaguely pleasant to say. Isn't she tall; what lovely curly hair; he's very blond isn't he; doesn't she talk well. They haven't checked a centile chart smile

Yes people are always surprised when I say DS's age (2.4 and 105cm tall) but I do feel I have to point it out! Check-out lady only the other day said I bet you'll be glad when he's back at school next week...!

SolomanDaisy Tue 19-Mar-13 22:21:48

I don't mind people commenting on DS's height, but I do sometimes feel the need to point out how old he is. It's particularly when I am supervising him more closely at the park/softplay etc. and it looks like I won't just let him get on with stuff. In reality he may look like a three year-old, but he has no sense of danger or his own limits yet.

INeverSaidThat Tue 19-Mar-13 23:11:42

The first thing i heard when DS1 was born was the doctor exclaiming that it was a very tall baby, he continued to be 'off the scale' for height as a toddler (99.9 or more percentile confused ) I got comments all the time. He ended up getting tested for something growth related (I don't remember what) but everything was normal. Our families are fairly tall and he did feed very enthusiastically and easily right from birth.

His classmates quickly caught up with him and he wasn't the tallest by year 2 or 3.. He is 21 now, really skinny and a very normal 6'2.

It didn't worry me when people were commenting on his height when he was a toddler as he wasn't bothered by it and he seemed healthy. I thought people were being friendly when they said it.

I think it can be a problem if they look older but are acting their age IYSWIM

HopingItllBeOK Tue 19-Mar-13 23:55:07

ATouch I do sometimes feel like I have to point out DS's age to people I am sat next to on the bus, in the play park or will be spending more than a couple of minutes in their company. He is insanely tall for his age, he towers over his 3 YO cousin at half her age and while he is physically very strong and coming on beautifully, but he is only just starting to bother with communication. It means that people see a 3 YO sized child running, jumping, climbing and kicking a ball about and say hello to him and he just looks at them blankly, giggles or babbles which is entirely appropriate to his actual age, but not the age he appears to be.

ATouchOfStuffing Wed 20-Mar-13 00:00:23

Phew, thought I might be the only one! DD still sometimes has her dummy and although she is starting to talk she hasn't strung more than 2 words together at the moment, and seems to go mute around strangers. I keep coming on here and thinking how many other mums must look at her and see a 3yo with a dummy who is mute, and shaking their heads at the evil mother who is clearly stunting their child's speech grin

Bunbaker Wed 20-Mar-13 06:55:12

"So I figure the age 2 thing is not always accurate!"

If it is DD will be 5'10". There are various height predictor sites if you google them and most of them predict DD to be about 5'5" which is only just above average.

MummyPig24 Wed 20-Mar-13 08:41:13

I was one of the tallest till I was about 11 and then I stopped growing at 5'3". My brother is now about 6'4" and he was always way above all the other children. Really hoping the the 2 year rule does not apply as It would mean ds would end up smaller than me!! And according to my grandmother there has never been a recorded case of a son ending up shorter than his mother (excluding medical reason of course)

Double the height at 2 would make DS 6'7'' shock

DH is 6'1'' and I am 5'8'' with brothers who are 6'1'' and 6'2''. Funny as our parents are 5'4'' and 5'11'' !

There's a height predictor in the red book - but it more or less says that you can't predict height.

Coffee1Sugar Wed 20-Mar-13 17:49:14

Can anyone recommend a trusted height predictor? There's so many! I know dd is dd and what will be will be, I'd just like to know if I should start getting into basketball!

BreasticlesNTesticles Wed 20-Mar-13 19:08:10

The red book one is brilliant - it gives you a prediction with a "but it could be 5 inches either side" type clause. So DD1 will be between about 5ft2 and 6ft. No shit grin

I was 5ft when I was 8 (I know this as I was taller than my teacher) and am now 5ft9 so nothing out of the way. I was taken for tests as toddler to see if I had anything wrong with me as I was so tall.

Some dc just shoot up earlier than others. DF was a shrimp until he was 15 and was 6ft4 by 17. You just never know.

Coffee1Sugar Sat 23-Mar-13 08:39:13

Great name ^!

Well dd is set to be 5'5-5'9 hmm

tigersmummy Sat 23-Mar-13 09:00:04

Not sure how tall my DS was as a toddler but he's 5 now and is 115cm. He is tall but most of his classmates are same height if not taller. Always makes me smile when BIL/SIL say how tall he is but when we point out (nicely wink) that their son is short they don't like it!

Inclusionist Sat 23-Mar-13 14:05:44

My 2.7yo ds is 103cm and 40lb.

I might just hand him over to English Rugby now.

98cm at 27 months. She's a giant. And has very long hair so people assume she's 3 or 4. Since her behaviour is very much that of a 2 yo, it gets wearing.

Coffee1Sugar Sat 23-Mar-13 18:40:26

Funny how different they all are isn't it smile Dd is 97cm at 34months with size 7 shoes, yet not even 2stone and with barely any hair still. But I love her! grin

ellesabe Sat 23-Mar-13 19:52:13

I find it really odd that people get huffy when others comment on their dc's height. I get "isn't she tall!" about dd1 and "isn't she tiny!" about dd2 and I love both! I love the fact that dd1 is tall and I love the fact that dd2 is little.

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