How Fast Can Kids Really Grow?

Jeanne Sager
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You start hearing about growth in the hospital -- take lots of pictures, "they grow so fast."

Looking at a 6-pound, 14-ounce little munchkin, you aren't thinking about growth. You're thinking how teeny weeny they are.

Folks, I'm here to tell you exactly how fast a child can grow.

It happened overnight.

Literally.

Sunday my daughter wore a pair of jeans to a birthday party. Sunday night she slept ... and slept ... and slept.

She didn't wake up until 10:30 on Monday morning, an amazing stretch she hasn't had since babyhood. I simply thanked the work-from-home mother gods and got my writing on.

And then it was time to get dressed to face the day. I pulled jeans up her legs and over her hips. You know what's coming, don't you?

A big ol' gap between her feet and the bottom of the jeans. With her pink princess socks pulled up high, she looked like a Floridian named Sol on his way to play bocci.

As my friend Jen quipped, she got too big for her britches.

And before you start calling me on my big fish (or toddler) tale, a bit of science to back up our at-home hypothesis: A 2004 study in the Journal of Pediatrics Orthopedics notes sleep enhances limb growth. Even better -- when it happens at night, they sleep through the worst of the pain of growing.

Have your kids ever had a sudden overnight growth spurt?

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