I have never cared about growth charts and percentiles.
It makes sense to me that with the wide range among adults there would come a wide range among children. It also makes sense that children do not grow in regular increments but in fits and starts. I also believe there is a difference in the growth of breastfed babies and babies who are formula-fed as well as babies who start solids around 4 months and babies who start solids after 6 months.
Recently my family has been looking for different health insurance. The company with the plan we have been looking at told us that they would charge us $150 extra a month because my daughter is “does not fall within their guidelines on the chart” for height and weight. (My daughter has always been a lightweight but on the taller side and completely healthy.) When asked what the concern is for her health, the representative was “sure there are many risks associated with having ‘low’ height and weight.” When asked to name one concern, the rep said, “I’m not a doctor, but I am sure there are several risks.”
So now you know. According to some insurance companies, it’s risky business to be short or lean, regardless of your child’s actual health condition and history (or what a pediatrician says).
Here are some growth charts, if you’re interested:
A while ago, after my daughter had already begun to crawl (and walk?), I came across an article called “The Case Against Tummy Time.”
What?! Tummy time seemed like a sacred thing. Everyone had told me about it; everyone talks about it. People told me to let me daughter get tummy time. I was really more laid back about it and don’t remember making it any kind of priority. (These are the only pictures I could find. I do remember wondering about the whole concept, though, and wondering if I was doing the wrong thing by not having regular tummy time.
Today at a indoor play place, I overheard two moms talking about how they and their babies don’t really seem to like tummy time. They talked about how important it is. They even seemed to grudgingly encourage themselves to regularly work in tummy time.
The whole time I kept thinking about the post I had read and how I have learned over time to trust my daughter and her human nature more. I was wondering what we might see if we just spent 5 minutes observing their babies on their backs (after reading the post and understanding a bit more what to look for). The tummy time issue just jumped out at me and made me think:
Who knows what wonders we would see if we stopped to look closely enough?