Children's weight growth charts

As a parent or caregiver, understanding your child's growth and development is of high importance, CDC growth charts play a crucial role. These standardized tools, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offer valuable insights into the average weight patterns of boys and girls at different ages. By exploring these growth charts, you can gain valuable knowledge about your child's growth journey and ensure they are thriving on the path to a healthy and happy life. Let's delve into the significance of these growth charts and how they can be instrumental in monitoring your child's well-being.

What are CDC Growth Charts?

CDC growth charts are standardized tools that display the distribution of height, weight, and other growth indicators in children of different ages. These charts are based on extensive research and data collected from a diverse population of children across the United States. They are widely regarded as the gold standard for assessing a child's growth and development. By comparing a child's measurements to the CDC growth chart data, parents and healthcare professionals can gain valuable insights into the child's growth trajectory and identify any potential growth concerns.

Age-Based Weight Trends

The table below provides a comprehensive breakdown of average weight trends for boys and girls at various ages. From toddlers to young adults, these charts showcase how weight typically progresses as children grow older. Understanding these age-based trends can help parents and caregivers monitor their child's weight and ensure they are following a healthy growth trajectory. It's important to note that individual variations are common, and these charts serve as guidelines rather than strict norms.

Interpreting the Growth Charts

Interpreting the growth charts requires comparing a child's weight to the corresponding percentile values on the chart. Percentiles indicate where a child's weight falls compared to other children of the same age and sex. For instance, if a child's weight is at the 50th percentile, it means they have an average weight compared to their peers. Children falling below the 5th percentile may be considered underweight, while those above the 95th percentile may be classified as overweight. However, it's crucial to remember that percentiles alone do not determine a child's overall health, as factors like genetics and body composition play a significant role.

Monitoring Growth and Development

Regularly tracking a child's growth and development is a fundamental aspect of pediatric healthcare. The CDC growth charts aid in this process, enabling parents and healthcare providers to identify growth patterns and any potential deviations from the norm. Monitoring growth over time helps detect early signs of nutritional issues, hormonal imbalances, or other health concerns that may require attention. As children grow at different rates, these growth charts serve as valuable tools for individualized assessment.

Healthy Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for a child's overall well-being and long-term health. Growth charts can guide parents and caregivers in promoting healthy weight management practices. Encouraging a balanced diet rich in nutrients, regular physical activity, and fostering positive body image can contribute to healthy growth and development. However, it's vital to approach weight management with sensitivity and avoid placing undue emphasis on appearance, as the focus should be on overall health and well-being.

Consulting Healthcare Professionals

While growth charts provide valuable insights, interpreting the data accurately requires the expertise of healthcare professionals. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's growth, we recommend consulting with a pediatrician or healthcare provider. They can provide personalized guidance, assess your child's growth in the context of their overall health, and address any specific concerns you may have.

Select your child's age on the table below to determine how his or her weight compares with other kids the same age.

Age Average Weight Boys Average Weight Girls
0 months 8.8lbs / 4kg 8.4lbs / 3.8kg
1 months 10.8lbs / 4.9kg 10lbs / 4.5kg
2 months 12.5lbs / 5.7kg 11.5lbs / 5.2kg
3 months 14.1lbs / 6.4kg 12.9lbs / 5.9kg
4 months 15.5lbs / 7kg 14.2lbs / 6.4kg
5 months 16.8lbs / 7.6kg 15.4lbs / 7kg
6 months 18lbs / 8.2kg 16.4lbs / 7.5kg
7 months 19.1lbs / 8.6kg 17.4lbs / 7.9kg
8 months 20lbs / 9.1kg 18.3lbs / 8.3kg
9 months 20.9lbs / 9.5kg 19.2lbs / 8.7kg
10 months 21.7lbs / 9.8kg 19.9lbs / 9kg
11 months 22.4lbs / 10.2kg 20.6lbs / 9.4kg
12 months 23.1lbs / 10.5kg 21.3lbs / 9.7kg
13 months 23.7lbs / 10.7kg 21.9lbs / 9.9kg
14 months 24.2lbs / 11kg 22.5lbs / 10.2kg
15 months 24.7lbs / 11.2kg 23lbs / 10.4kg
16 months 25.2lbs / 11.4kg 23.5lbs / 10.7kg
17 months 25.6lbs / 11.6kg 24lbs / 10.9kg
18 months 26lbs / 11.8kg 24.4lbs / 11.1kg
19 months 26.4lbs / 12kg 24.9lbs / 11.3kg
20 months 26.8lbs / 12.1kg 25.3lbs / 11.5kg
21 months 27.1lbs / 12.3kg 25.7lbs / 11.6kg
22 months 27.5lbs / 12.5kg 26lbs / 11.8kg
23 months 27.8lbs / 12.6kg 26.4lbs / 12kg
2 years 28.1lbs / 12.7kg 26.8lbs / 12.1kg
3 years 31.8lbs / 14.4kg 30.4lbs / 13.8kg
4 years 36lbs / 16.3kg 34.6lbs / 15.7kg
5 years 40.8lbs / 18.5kg 39.3lbs / 17.8kg
6 years 45.8lbs / 20.8kg 44.4lbs / 20.1kg
7 years 51.1lbs / 23.2kg 49.9lbs / 22.6kg
8 years 56.8lbs / 25.8kg 56.2lbs / 25.5kg
9 years 63.2lbs / 28.7kg 63.6lbs / 28.8kg
10 years 70.7lbs / 32.1kg 72.1lbs / 32.7kg
11 years 79.5lbs / 36.1kg 81.6lbs / 37kg
12 years 89.7lbs / 40.7kg 91.4lbs / 41.5kg
13 years 101lbs / 45.8kg 100.7lbs / 45.7kg
14 years 112.9lbs / 51.2kg 108.5lbs / 49.2kg
15 years 124.5lbs / 56.5kg 114.5lbs / 51.9kg
16 years 134.7lbs / 61.1kg 118.7lbs / 53.8kg
17 years 142.6lbs / 64.7kg 121.5lbs / 55.1kg
18 years 148.3lbs / 67.3kg 123.8lbs / 56.1kg
19 years 152.5lbs / 69.2kg 126.2lbs / 57.3kg
20 years 155.6lbs / 70.6kg 128.3lbs / 58.2kg

Source Citations

  1. Robert J. Kuczmarski Dr.P.H. et al., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 2000 CDC Growth Charts for the United States: Methods and Development