How to Estimate a Toddler's Height


As you muse over your toddler’s future and all of the wonderful possibilities, it can be fun to predict the child’s height for these visualizations. If you want to know by how many inches he will be towering over his Olympic goal medal case, for instance, you can implement a few different height-predicting techniques to get a rough idea of where he will be later on in life.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Calculator, if needed
  • Add the height, in inches, of the child’s mother and the father. If the toddler is a girl, subtract 5 inches from that number or add 5 inches if it’s a boy. Divide the number by two to get the future height estimate. According to the Mayo Clinic, this formula can provide a reasonable guess but is not a proven predictor of height.

  • Convert the mother's and father’s height into centimeters and add the two numbers together. Add 13 centimeters if the toddler is a boy or subtract 13 centimeters if she is a girl. Cut that number in half for a future height in centimeters.

  • Double the toddler’s height at age 2. The Mayo Clinic also offers this estimating tool to predict how tall the little one will get.

  • Use a height-predicting calculator found online. This handy option is quick and works well if math isn’t a strong subject for you.

Tips & Warnings

  • These are only predictions, not exact measurements for the future. Use them only as a guide, not as a hard-set rule.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests getting a relatively accurate current height reading by going through the following steps: Take off your child’s shoes and any bulky clothing. Have him stand up tall against a wall with no molding in a room with hard flooring. His feet, butt, back and head should touch the wall. Get down to his eye level and use a ruler to position on his head at a 90-degree angle from his body while you make a mark below the ruler. Have him step away from the wall so you can measure from the floor to your mark.


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