Everyone is different, so it is impossible to define “normal” for any one individual. You may notice your child is not growing as you might have expected. Or, by tracking growth on a growth chart, your doctor may detect a slowdown in your child’s growth rate. Together, you and your health care provider can determine what normal growth might look like for your child.
Generally speaking, most children grow about 4 inches per year between ages 1 and 4, and about 2–2.75 inches per year from ages 4–8. To put it another way, a child who is growing normally will generally reach certain milestones over the months and years: