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Measure & Plot

The picture is of my 3 year old son, Austin, who modeled for me for the demonstration. I was very excited after mounting the growth chart to the wall in our basement. If you grew up like me, like my dad you were probably measured me on the door frame or just a plain wall with a pencil marking that measured to see how tall you were  growing. I was really excited now that I can finally have a scaled medical growth chart that I can use direct to measure my son's weight and height and if we ever had to move, we can just take the growth chart with us.

So here are the basics. I find it helpful just using a book to mark off Austin's height directly off the growth chart. Line your child along with his age line which is marked at the bottom edge, from ages 2 to 20 starting from left to right. Since my son is 3, he stands closely to the left side. If your child is 18, he will be standing by the far right side. Now, have the spine of your book pressing on the vertical line corresponding to your child's age. Where the bottom edge of the book touches your child's head will be his height.

Take a marker or ink pen, and make a dot at the spot where the bottom corner of the book meets the mounted growth chart. I typically draw another larger circle around the initial dot, making it like a target symbol for better visualization.

Note, the height curves on on top section of the growth chart, and the weight curves are at the bottom section of the growth chart.

So my 3 year old son measure ~ 39 inches in height, and that lands him on the second top line on the height % curves, this is his percentile line.

Now weigh your child with a home weighing machine, and find his or her corresponding age and intersect it with his or her weight marked in Kgs or Lbs on the left and right side of the growth chart. This will now place your child's weight on the growth chart and determine his or her weight percentile.

So my 3 year old son weighs about 38 lbs and this lands him also on the second top line on the weight % curves. Thus his weight and height are both at the same percentile curve which makes him perfectly proportion, in other words his weight is ideal for his body weight.

 Note: The silk fabric is porous, I recommend placing a magazine or book between the growth chart and the wall or door, to avoid penetration of the ink when marking

On the top left corner of the growth chart, you can personalize and customize your child's growth chart. Write in his or her name, mom's and dad's height,  weight and height and BMI %.

You can repeat these steps yearly or frequently as you want to plot your child's weight and height. To understand more about weight and height percentiles and what they mean for your child, read our Guide.