There’s an old wives tale that says that you can predict how tall your toddler will grow by doubling their height at age 2. If this holds true, Karan Singh, a 2-year-old in India, is gonna be at least 9 feet tall. That’s right, at 2, this little bundle is already 4 feet, 5 inches! He’s believed to be the tallest toddler in the world.
It’s no big surprise that Karan inherited some height, as his father is 6 feet 7 inches, and his mom is -- get this -- a 7-foot, 2-inch basketball player. But still, this baby is almost as tall as some of my friends.
He was 13 pounds at birth, and his father said, “I had to throw away the baby clothes I'd bought for him and go to the market again. The people in the hospital told me to buy clothes designed for 1-year-old kids.” Karan is much taller than kids his own age.
This got me thinking about the advantages and disadvantages to having a very tall baby:
Car -- He can sit in a front-facing car seat at a very early age. My daughter is a little on the shrimpy side, and it seemed to be forever before she was safely (and happily) facing me in the car.
Entertainment -- He can go on better rides at the amusement park. These days, I’m afraid to take my kids to the rides because they are always being turned away from the fun ones.
Walking -- Longer legs mean longer strides. How I wish my kids could keep a reasonable pace when we go on walks.
Playground -- I bet he doesn’t get trampled at the playground. Often, my kids are overlooked and then, sadly, under-foot.
Costumes -- Easy solution to Halloween indecision: Just grab a regularly sized 2-year-old friend and dress them up as Tattoo and Mr. Roarke.
Karan is much taller than kids his own age.Karan’s parents have high hopes for his future basketball career, and right now it’s a serious investment. His mom admits, “When Karan wakes up in the morning the first thing he does is ask for food and tea. Whenever he sees anybody eating, he asks for food .... He'd never stop eating if I didn't force him to."
Clothes -- It probably seems like mere minutes have gone by before those Carters are too small.
Mislabeled -- Strangers, assuming he’s 3 or 4 (or 8) years older than he is, might think he’s mentally impaired. This happened to the child of a friend of mine, and he was only in the 97th percentile.
Diapers -- First off, would this height require Depends? If he’s not potty trained, diaper changes are gonna be awkward.
Future Spaz -- There is some research out there that suggests tall toddlers frequently develop into aggressive (often violent) big kids.
Tiring -- I have yet to meet a 2-year-old that doesn’t ask to be held or carried at some point in the day. That’s a lot to carry!
If this is kind of blowing your mind like it did mine, you should see all the pictures.
Is your child tall for his or her age?