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It’s no secret that children grow like weeds when you least expect it. If your little one is sprouting up the growth chart or steadily gaining height, you won’t want to miss these milestones. Create a baby growth chart at home to document not only height and weight, but also the precious, creative moments that are happening daily.
One creative way to document your baby’s development is to compile a collage on posterboard of her milestones during the first few years, according to Lisa Danylchuk, California-based psychotherapist. Create a collage for each area of your child’s development, including physical, social and emotional, she recommends. From a picture of her first step to a drawn ruler marking her physical growth, these collages can be put on display throughout your home and the images can become a fun part of your child’s developing identity.
Stick With the Basics
Make your child’s growth a part of your home, recommends Tammy Gold, New York-based psychotherapist and parenting coach. “People love the old-fashioned growth chart on the door of a closet or wall of a playroom,” she says. Simply label a vertical area to measure your child’s growth each month or year so you can admire the permanent documentation of her development. If you want to preserve the walls of your home, consider purchasing a custom growth chart, complete with a ruler for measuring your child’s height, and hang it in your child’s room.
Create a Calendar
Instead of using a baby book to track your child’s growth and developmental changes, purchase a wall calendar that has large squares for each day of the year, recommends Nancy Buck, Colorado-based psychotherapist. Document notable occurrences and milestones on the calendar. “Parents can write something new, cute, funny or developmentally significant about their child’s first year,” says Buck.
Customize the Keepsake
A personalized touch makes a growth chart a cherished keepsake, says Jen Dewing of I See Me, a Minneapolis-based company creating personalized books. If you are creating your own chart made of cardboard or paper, match the colors to the color scheme of your child’s room and add cute stickers and her name to the chart. You can also opt to purchase a customized growth chart that includes your child’s name, birth date and measurements at birth.
You can chart your child’s growth via several apps and websites, suggests Jennifer Chung, founder of Kinsights.com, an online parenting resource. Beyond the capability to post photos and scrapbook your child’s artwork, online sites and apps can also flag any unusual increase or decrease in height and weight, so you know when a conversation with your child’s pediatrician might be appropriate, says Chung.