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at what age do they stop growing?

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fourkids Sat 27-Aug-11 16:05:41

just wondering (on average) at what age girls/ boys reach full height and when their feet stop growing?

mousymouse Sat 27-Aug-11 16:09:36

boys around 20y, girls about a year after their periods start (something to do with the hormones).

lesstalkmoreaction Sat 27-Aug-11 16:10:56

Feet stop growing first, about a year or so later the rest stops.

fourkids Sat 27-Aug-11 16:40:40

so pretty much when the periods start, the feet finish growing?! Wow! That is sort of what I am experiencing with DDs...and I was figuring that at 14 or so (2-3 years after her periods started) DD1 had finished growing (upwards anyway).

There is competition in our household regarding height, shoe size etc!! And it looks like DD2 is going to win by a head...

Oh and are you telling me that DS's feet are going to keep growing until he's 20???? He grows about half a size a month as far as I can tell and he's got YEARS to go yet!!!

<<goes to research ways to earn more money...and Chinese feet binding techniques>>

SecretSquirrels Sat 27-Aug-11 16:50:05

Not sure the feet thing is true. DS1 was in size 11s at 13 years old and 5'11. He's now nearly 16 and 6'2 but his feet have stayed at size 11 thank goodness. Even size 11s can be hard to find particularly in running spikes.

fourkids Sat 27-Aug-11 16:53:06

I seem to remember (it was quite a long time ago) that by the time my mother stopped making me wear Clarke's shoes and allowed me to go to Dolcis instead, my feet were the same 6 1/2 that they are now. I was in the first year of secondary school (had to start in a sensible pair of Mary Janes. the shame).

mousymouse Sat 27-Aug-11 16:59:27

I remember having a bet on with my sister if my brother will hit the 6f mark by his 18th birthday. I lost. he was 6ft by 18.5...

adamschic Sat 27-Aug-11 17:07:53

Certainly girls stop growing a couple of years after periods start. My DD was quite tall but was an early starter. Lots of her friends overtook her in height and were average age development wise.

Pang Mon 29-Aug-11 18:03:46

At the moment me and my DCs all wear the same shoes and we range in age from pre-teen, mid- teens, and above. It's quite fun because I have a wide range of shoe to selct from and I can experiment with wearing shoes I wouldn't dream of buying for myself. Love it!

Takver Thu 01-Sep-11 22:15:36

Don't rely on girls stopping growing - I grew a good inch between ages 18 - 21 (though of course by then I had to buy my own clothes grin )

Hassled Thu 01-Sep-11 22:17:08

DS1 kept growing until about 18, I think - but yes, the feet steadied at about 15/16, I think.

bruffin Thu 01-Sep-11 23:40:29

I thought it was 2 years after periods started, which was about right for me and dd. She is 14 in a few weeks and doesn't seem to have grown much in the last 6 months. She is about 5'5. I stopped growing when I was 14. Periods started at 12.
DS is 16 in two weeks and is a size 11 shoe and 6 foot. He was measured at hospital in january but I don't think he has grown since then. He has been wearing the same converses for a year.

fourkids Fri 02-Sep-11 17:27:32

thank you all so much...I have shared your wisdom with DDs, who are either pleased as punch or a bit miffed...depending on current age, shoe size and height!

crazynanna Fri 02-Sep-11 17:34:49

No wonder I'm a short arse! I started my periods at 10,so that means I stopped growing at 11/12 sad I wish someone would have told my tits,because it seems they were unaware everything else had ceased to enlarge hmm

fourkids Fri 02-Sep-11 18:38:25


adamschic Fri 02-Sep-11 19:40:05

Yep, it's not great to start periods early. Seems like the younger you start the shorter you are with the biggest tits grin. Still you cannot interfere with Mother Nature. I was the same and DD too although I only read about periods/height correlation later on the internet.

crazynanna Fri 02-Sep-11 19:42:25

'Tis so true,adamschic sad

Waswondering Fri 02-Sep-11 19:45:18

not necessarily .... I'm 5' 7 so taller-than-average but started early ....

LilBB Fri 02-Sep-11 19:46:38

Starting later doesn't help either. I was the last of all my friends at 14 and I'm also the smallest and rather flat chested.

crazynanna Fri 02-Sep-11 19:47:35

How old were you when you stopped growing,waswondering? And did your hormones trick your tits into a continous growth spurt?

adamschic Fri 02-Sep-11 19:53:42

I think it's true with boys aswell. A friend of mine who is a strapping 6ft 3 said he was short at 16 and had a late growth spurt.

OriginalPoster Fri 02-Sep-11 20:00:08

grinpmsl crazynanna

OriginalPoster Fri 02-Sep-11 20:01:42

I was 15 when I started and 5'9. Average norks though...

herbietea Fri 02-Sep-11 20:07:40

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BikeRunSki Fri 02-Sep-11 20:14:19

Take your pick -
Me, 12, 5'8", size 8 feet
DB, 23, 6'5", size 13 feet

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