Height of a Newborn Baby

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"Human Reproduction and Birth." Grolier, The New Book of Popular Science.Volume 5. Danbury, CT: Grolier, 1998, 288. "It also grows about 2 more inches (5 centimeters) to reach an average length of 20 inches (50 centimeters)." 50 cm
"Baby." World Book Millennium. Chicago: World Book, 2000: 6. "The average length of a newborn is 20 inches, 50 centimeters." 50 cm
Length-for-age percentiles: Boys, birth to 36 months 3rd, 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, 95th, 97th percentiles [pdf]. CDC Growth Charts: United States. National Center for Health Statistics. [graph] boys
range: 45-55 cm
median: 50 cm
Length-for-age percentiles: Girls, birth to 36 months 3rd, 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, 95th, 97th percentiles [pdf]. CDC Growth Charts: United States. National Center for Health Statistics. [graph] girls
range: 45-54 cm
median: 47 cm
"Fetal Growth and Neonatal Adaptations." Diseases of the Newborn. Philadelphia: Saunder, 1977: 17. "Term is arbitrarily defined as the duration at which most infants more than 19 inches (48 cm) in length and 6 pounds in weight." 48 cm
India Parenting. Data Magic Web Solutions. 1999.
Month Normal Range (5 to 95th percentile) in cm Median (50th percentile) in cm
0 45-54 50.0
50.0 cm

Aww … how precious … it's a baby. A new life has just emerged and it begins its evolution into an adult. When the infantile creature is born no one deems to sit there and measure its height for every single month in order to see the progress the baby makes. The only real time the baby is weighed and measured in length is when it's just born and these numbers are recorded on its birth certificate in the United States and other places in the world but not everywhere.

Each individual baby has its own marked height and weight as well as appearance. But to this day there are statistics that provide an average height. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average height of a newborn baby boy is in the range from 45-55 cm and the median height is 50 cm. For a delicate newborn baby girl, the numbers are quite less: it's from 45-54 cm and the median height is 47 cm. To one it might not seem a big difference but in reality a centimeter or two means a great deal to a parent.

Bronislava Banar -- 2003


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