Who had (has) tall babies?

My daughter is almost 8 months. Last time I went to the Doctor’s she was in the 95th percentile. She was almost 30" when I measured her last month. Her weight and height are on par with each other and I am not worried at all. In fact, my dad’s family is tall and so is my husband’s family (although it seemed to have skipped us!).

I was just curious about those of you who also had/have tall babies.

When did they ‘level’ out in regards to their growth? Or did they?
How tall are they now? If they are adults, did they end up being tall?
My baby typically wears clothes for 12 - 18 months (however, baby clothes sizes being what they are, some say 3-6 months. Go figure).

What was most irksome is I bought her an exersaucer that stated “for children up to 1 year”. I figured I would be able to use it for at least 3 or so more months. I had no idea that the safety usage of the toy was based on height and not age. I found that out when I read the instructions. Gee thanks, exersaucer people! Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

I’m not sure where my son is right now percentile-wise (he’s 12 1/2 months and is 31 1/2"…I just measured him!), but at his doctor’s appointments for 3/6/9 months, he was in the 50th percentile for weight and 95th for height.
[The reason I’m not sure is that we’ve moved out of the U.S. and at his 1 year appointment here, they weighed him but didn’t measure him, and they didn’t offer any stats…must be an American thing.]

Since he’s not much older than your bub, I obviously can’t share any stories about how he turned out to be 7 feet tall or anything. I can say that I was a tall baby, but I’m only 5’4" now. I was the tallest in my class until I stopped growing in 6th grade. My family is made up of average sized people.

I do share your frustration in buying clothes for him. He’s in a size 1 here (he’s outgrown most of the 18-24 month stuff we brought from the U.S.). The problem is, he’s tall, but he’s skinny. The size 1 pants are just long enough for him, but I have to find ones that won’t fall down. Also, I don’t think his arms are in proportion - if I find a bodysuit that fits his torso, the arms are almost always too long (and if there’s extra fabric, he likes to chew it).

My daughter is now in the 75th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight. At her first year check up she was in the 95th for height and 90th for weight. While I am 5’2, KellyM was 6’ when she was younger, so we have no idea how tall my daughter will be.

My son was born at 10 lbs, 4 oz, 21 inches long. He was consistently in the 95% for height, and about 75% in weight. He’s now 10 years old.

All I can say is be prepared to buy lots and lots of shoes. Every time he goes to get the hotwater bottle because his “feet hurt”, I want to cry because it means his feet are growing AGAIN. (He’s already wearing a men’s–US–size 10.) He eats like a horse. Last night, we had a good sized dinner, and less than 30 minutes later, he was in the kitchen popping a bag of microwave popcorn, of which he ate it all. We go through about 3 gallons of milk a week (most of it is drank by him), and he outgrows his clothing quicker than he can wear them out. Right now, he’s all arms and legs, but I know when he starts to get thicker in the waist (and I don’t mean fat), he’ll soon experience a growing spurt.

I’m only 5 foot 5, but his father is 6 foot 1. No telling how tall he will be.

I am not looking forward to when he’s between the ages of 13 and 17 when he REALLY starts growing (and eating).

My niece has been in the 95+ percentile range for most of her 5 years so we’ll see what happens to her.

I was a very long and heavy baby boy. I was always the tallest kid in class by far and often the school. Now granted I grew up in Hawaii but still. For reference I was 5’9" just before I turned 13. I passed 6’4" at 17 and put on almost another inch over the year after that. My mother made our clothes and would let them out as needed so I don’t think that was much of a problem. That and you really don’t need too much clothing here. BTW I have a very tall family. My sister’s the only one not to pass 5’11". She stopped half a foot short which she doesn’t like.

My daughter has always been tall for her age. She’s now 10 and she’s about 5’ 2". But then, I’m 5’10" and her father is 6’2".

My daughter was born 21 1/2 inches long and is still well above the 95th percentile for her age. She’s 20 months and at her 18 month check-up she was 35 inches, so she’s well on her way to a yard, if not there yet. It is hard to buy clothes, especially ones that button at the crotch because she is somewhat disproportionately long in the torso. What will happen in the future? I suspect she will keep growing.

Why is she so tall? I’m 5’ 10" and my wife is 5’ 4" but both of our fathers are over 6 foot tall so I guess the genes for height are there somewhere.

Sometimes I think they need to update those percentile charts. I wonder if I would have been taller if my parents hadn’t smoked around me when I was a kid (I’m 35) and looking at high school kids it seems sometimes that kids are taller than they were when I was young. Other times I see children who are clearly older than my daughter but are noticeably shorter and at those times I think the charts are probably accurate.

There is a family I know who had an interesting experience in the hospital. Dad is about 5’6" or 7, Mom is about 5’1" , her roommate when she had her first son was 5’10" with a husband who was at least 6’0. Baby A, born to Mom and Dad, was 10 pounds 6 ounces, and appropriately long. Baby B, born to roommate and husband, was about 6 pounds. Pictures taken of the babies together show Baby A with his arm around Baby B’s shoulder- like a big brother, little brother thing.
I don’t know how big Baby B grew up to be, but Baby A is probably about 5’7".
Actually, this family is my brother’s in-laws. It is always funny to see a family picture of them that has my brother in it. He is the one who doesn’t belong, wrong hair color, too much hair (for a guy, and no, this does not mean that my brother has long hair, just not almost military short), and way too tall. Even my neice, less than 2 years old, looks just like her Mommy and Grandpa.

My cousin Sharon was always tall as a child. My aunt heard that if you take a child’s measurement on their second birthday and then double it, you’ll get the child’s final adult height. Using this method, they worked out that Sharon would grow to be six feet tall. In order to prepare her for this, they spent her entire childhood telling her she was going to be six feet tall someday. In the end, she stopped growing slightly short of the six foot mark (only a inch or two), and was very disappointed!

Just did a Google search for this and find they say to double the child’s height at age two and add a little for a boy or subtract a little for a girl to get a rough idea of adult height. Guess my aunt didn’t hear that last bit!

My kids were always tall, clear outside the curve. It caused our son a bit of a problem growing up because he was the height of kids 3-4 years older than he was. He’s 16 now, and a little taller than me, which is good, because there were a few years there where he kept stealing my jeans from the clean laundry pile… now they’re too short for him. :slight_smile:

My recommendation if you’re breeding 'em tall is to get them into gymnastics, dance, karate, something that teaches good posture. All the tall kids I knew growing up (including my brothers) walked around with bad posture and it looked sad and painful. Tall people with good posture are cool (there was a tall guy in the elevator at work today–he must have been seven feet tall… if he stood with his arms straight out from his side, I could have walked under them… I’m 5’9").

Very good point, Ethilrist , my daughter is tall and very well-proportioned but posture is a weak point for her…even she acknowledges it as a problem and hard to overcome (she does a good job of it though…most of the time.) She really got interested and proficient in horseback riding ( she is grown now and continues )and I think that is also a great “posture reminder.”

I was the youngest of 3 sisters and the tallest person in my whole family by age 12…I am 5’8". I remember my dad threatening to make me wear a back brace if I didn’t “stand up straight” so my posture is very good. I think that is frequently an issue with taller people, esp. kids if they are the tallest person around.

My older sisters also harangued me by telling me I was adopted but I guess that is a different story…


I have tall children myself…

My daughter turned 3 in May. She is 41 inches tall and 42 pounds. People mistake her for a 5 year old all the time. She wears a size 6 dress or a size 5 pants. She wears a toddler 11 1/2 shoe.

At my son’s 9 month checkup he was 28 inches and 23 pounds. At birth he was 19 3/4 inches and 5 pounds 15 ounces. He was also 6 weeks early. He is currently in a 2T. People always ask why he isn’t walking yet. He’s trying but he is only 10 1/2 months old.

When people ask how old my kids are I always get a surprised “Oh - they are very tall!”

I always read the fine print on toy packages. We wanted to get one of those bouncer seats that hang in the doorway. The weight limit on them was 20 pounds. We decided to skip that as he was 18 pounds at the time.

I also tell people to not buy clothes without talking to me first.

These kids are going to eat us out of house and home when they become teenagers!

My kids are 7 and 5 now. They were both very tall when they were born. (The nurse’s comment when she gave me my son was "Congratulations on your 3-month-old.) Neither of them could ever use the so-called newborn diapers.

My daughter leveled out at about 3 or 4. She is now right around the 50th percentile in height. My son, at 5, is still quite a bit above average. His feet are bigger than his sister’s.

The tricky part is that they are both string beans, so finding pants that are the right length, but not falling down around their ankles is a challenge.

I’m 5’9" and my husband is 6’, so chances are they will both be above average.

I was tall when I was born. I was a tallish little kid. They told me I’d be pushing six even when stopped growing. This was all my mother’s genes, as she’s the shortest in her family, but her brothers are all well over six feet tall. Well, then my father’s genes aparently took over. I’m about 5’6, which I suppose I can deal with, even though I carp about being shorter than they said I would be. What is beyond my comprehension is that I have trouble sometimes finding pants that are long enough. I’m average for a girl, or there abouts, why can’t pants I want to buy ever come in an inseam over 29 inches?!?! Oh well, life can’t be easy, then it wouldn’t be any fun.

But us fathers know different! :smiley:

My kid is off the chart hieght/length while still 60 or so for wieght. Good lookin’ kid, for sure!

He can count to 100 and does the alphabet forward and back. Knows all the animal sounds. Can identify nearly all models of Ferraris, as well as most of his other toy cars. He can swim underwater (and sometimes above water!). He has two seasons of skiing under his belt. He can read many 3 letter words and spell his name (six letters).

He’s not even 3 yet!!

My sister was always a big kid (I’m not sure how big, exactly, but I could ask my mom). She’s six-foot-two-and-a-half now.

Last time I got him checked my son was in the 75th percentile on both weight and height (a couple weeks ago, if he wakes up soon I may take him to the weigh in clinic today) he’s almost 8 months and is 20lbs 4oz and 28 and a half inches tall. I haven’t encountered it but Mom keeps saying that people think he’s around a year old.

He’s probably going to be tall though as his father was around my height, and all the guys in my family are around 6’3. I’m tall myself at 6’1.

My two-year-old son is now around 34-35" and a bit over 30 lbs. He dwarfs the other kids in his daycare class and is regularly mistaken for a 4- or 5-year old when we go for walks.

It’s been a bit difficult because he knows he’s big and tends to identify with the pre-schoolers. He wants to play on the big kids’ playground even though he’s not really able to handle it from a developmental standpoint. Basically, he thinks he can, but can’t.


My son was 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 22.5 inches at birth. Now, at 9 years old he is 5 feet tall, and weighs around 75 pounds. He wears a men’s size 8 shoe. It’s somewhat disconcerting to realize that he will probably overtake me in height before he reaches his teen years, but right now we both wear the same size shirts and shoes, so I’m enjoying the benefits of an increased wardrobe. :slight_smile: He outgrows his clothes before he can wear them out, which makes great hand-me-downs for my sister’s son. Her son is 6 months younger, and small for his age - nearly a foot shorter than my son. Most people are shocked to find out they’re the same age.

My son’s father is 6’6" and at 5’9", I’m considered the dwarf of my family. I have a grandfather that is 6’2", and another that is 6’5". We knew my son would probably be a giant from the get-go. What we didn’t realize was the amount and cost of food required to keep that giant well-fed.

For those of you who mentioned that they had trouble finding pants that were long enough without falling off of their child - The Gap and Old Navy both have jeans with an adjustable elastic waistband built inside the jeans. You can pull the elastic as tight as you need. My son is so thin that he could fit into a boy’s 6 in the waist, but he needs a 12 or 14 for the length. Without these jeans, he’d be stuck wearing belts all the time, or I’d be stuck with some serious tailoring bills.

My daughter has consistantly been in the 90-95th percentile for height since birth, until her most recent check up. At 18 months, she has dropped slightly into the 80th percentile and I’m not sure were she ranks at 21 months.

I think tall babies may become tall adults, but not always and they all grow differently. My husband is 6’4 and I’m 5’8, so chances are she’ll be tallish. Growing up, I was always the tallest or second tallest girl in school, but now as an adult I’m just slightly above average.