It is very normal for parents to wonder if their child is growing and developing in a healthy way. Many parents wonder if their child is the "right" height and weight for their age. The truth is that while there are some general guidelines, each child will grow and develop at a pace that is right for their own body.
The percentage of children in Canada who are overweight has doubled in the past 20 years, so it is more important than ever for parents to be aware of how to help children develop healthy habits for eating and physical activity.
The best way to help your toddler maintain a healthy weight and grow appropriately is to provide nutritious food and lots of opportunity for physical activity. Regular check ups with your health care provider will help track your child's growth, and identify any concerns early. They should measure your child's height, weight and head size to track your child's development.
Offer regular meals and snacks with fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
Allow your toddler to determine how much to eat of the food you offer.
Be physically active with your toddler. Plenty of exercise through play sets healthy patterns for life. See Benefits of physical activity for toddlers - Healthy Families BC
Ensure your toddler gets enough sleep.
If you have any concerns about the growth milestones your child is reaching please consult your health care provider or local Public Health Unit.