Have you ever wondered how you have attained your current height? I’m neither a doctor nor an orthopedist or a scientist, but what fascinates me most is reading some write-ups or researches about predicting how tall your child will be when he or she becomes an adult.
There are several schools of thought. In this post, I’m putting 2 simple formulae to test. Let’s have some fun, okay?
First of all, you need to have a child in this test. I have 2 “guinea pigs”. I will put one to the test – my firstborn, who is now 15 years old.
Formula # 1
Measure yourself and your spouse and record these heights. Add both heights together and divide the total by two. If your child is a boy, add 6.4 cm (2.5 inches) to this height. If your child is a girl, then subtract 6.4 cm (2.5 inches) from this height.
For this formula, my end result is 178 cm (circa 5ft 10 in)
Verdict: The test flunked for my firstborn. At 15 years old, he is taller than the test result by a few centimetres. Seeing that he is still growing and has not reached his adult height, I will eliminate Formula # 1. On the other hand, I will not rule out this formula as hopeless, as I still have another guinea pig to test on in the next 5 or 6 years 😀
Formula # 2
This method is called the two years times two formula, however, this height predictor test is for a boy only. Sorry girls!
For this method, you need to take your son’s height when he was 2 years old and multiply it by two.
By the way, did you keep track of your son’s height when he was 2 years old? I did! If your son is not two yet, I suggest you keep track of his height and try this test to vouch for its accuracy. I’m seeing the result already and so far, it’s quite accurate for now.
In Belgium, there is a compulsory preventive family support policy, called Child and Family (“Kind en Gezin”). This service is gratis, with the aim of supporting women from pregnancy until the child reaches 3 years of age.
In other words, the history of the development of the child from birth to 3 years old is chronicled in a little booklet. The booklet has changed in appearance, I know, but it was a blue booklet when I had my firstborn. For a girl, it was a pink booklet.
Here’s the indispensable blue Child & Family booklet for boys.
My firstborn at 2 years old
Height (or length) at 2 years old
As you can see, he was 91 cm in length at 2 years old.
Going back to Formula # 2, if you multiply your son’s length (or height) by two, you will end up with the result.
In my son’s case, his adult height is 182 cm (circa 6ft), ie 91 cm multiply by 2.
For the record, he’s now 181 cm tall (circa 5ft 11in) at 15 years of age. Only a centimetre away to confirm the accuracy of Formula # 2! Beats me, how tall he will end up to be at adult age. If he has passed the growth spurt, he won’t be growing a lot.
Most people stopped growing taller soon after puberty, but for some, the centimetres continue to stretch.
I’m not hoping that my son will grow up to 2 metres (circa 6ft 7in). The important thing is that he is taller than his mama and can help reach the top shelves of the kitchen cabinet as and when needed :-). Pretty handy!
Mama and son
Here are two pairs of shoes just for the sake of comparison. The pair on the right belong to the then 14-year-old boy, while the pair on the left belong to the owner who has reached the peak of her adult age , which is equivalent to no growing upwards but only sideways. LOL!
Curious with the current height of your son? What are you waiting for? Check or recollect his height when he was 2 years old and take Formula # 2 , then get a measuring tape. Didn’t I say it was FUN? 😀
Have a fantastic weekend !