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Growth charts have long been a passion of mine.  It's the math geek in me coming out.  I love to plot data and see trends and help parents understand what is normal.  Normal is a relative term.  What is normal for one baby  is not normal necessarily normal for another.  



Given this proclivity, I have a scale in my office and record weights at almost every visit.  A major requirement of my EHR was that it had to use the WHO Growth Charts.  An aside about the WHO Growth Charts - these are charts that are based on breastfed babies around the world.  The data was collected at specific times in their growth over a 2 year period.  This data does not include babies fed formula, who were premature, who had a mother who smoked, and several other criteria.  These charts are about what is normal for a baby who is exclusively fed breastmilk until 6 months and then introduced culturally appropriate foods.