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Can You Help a Baby Grow Taller

by
author image Piper Li
Piper Li, a professional freelance writer, began writing in 1989. Her articles appear online at Biz Mojo, Walden University and various other websites. She is the co-editor for "Kansas Women: Focus on Health." With a bachelor's degree in journalism from Mesa State, Li enjoys writing about health, horticulture and business management.
Can You Help a Baby Grow Taller
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Babies, like older children, grow at different rates. In addition to determining eye color and hair type, heredity plays a large part in determining how tall your baby will grow. But even if heredity suggests your baby won't be an NBA center, there are things you can do to help him reach his height potential.

Step 1

Can You Help a Baby Grow Taller
Breastfeed your baby for at least the first six months of her life. Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Breastfeed your baby for at least the first six months of her life. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends feeding breast milk exclusively during this early period. If you must return to work during this time, express your milk for your baby’s caregiver to provide during your absence. Discuss any breastfeeding difficulties with your doctor or local breastfeeding organization that offers support and education for new mothers. Making sure your baby gets adequate calories and nutrients will help to encourage healthy growth.

Step 2

Can You Help a Baby Grow Taller
Eat a nourishing diet with food from all the major food groups to ensure the availability of nutrients in your breast milk. Photo Credit Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images

Eat a nourishing diet with food from all the major food groups to ensure the availability of nutrients in your breast milk. Consume regular meals and snacks that include whole grains, dairy products, lean meats, fresh produce and nuts. Drink frequently to stay hydrated, keeping a glass or bottle of water near you throughout the day.

Step 3

Can You Help a Baby Grow Taller
Take your baby to all his regularly scheduled checkups. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Take your baby to all his regularly scheduled checkups. These well-baby visits allow you and your doctor to monitor your baby’s health closely during the early months of his life. Discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. Keep your baby up to date on his immunizations. Staying healthy helps him avoid contracting serious illnesses that may affect his rate of growth.

Step 4

Switch your baby over to solid foods gradually. Introduce one new food at a time to determine how well your baby tolerates different substances. Provide a variety of nutritious foods in her diet. Include foods that contain calcium and iron; children need these important nutrients to grow tall and develop correctly, especially during periods of growth spurts.

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