BabyCenter Uses the Latest Medical Research to Develop a New Height Predictor to Estimate Children's Adult Height

May 24, 2005, 01:00 ET from BabyCenter

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympic gymnast or NBA basketball
 star?  BabyCenter, the leading online resource for pregnancy and parenting
 information, has upgraded the most popular interactive tool on to give curious parents a clearer vision of their child's
 future.  With an expanded age range, now parents of children as young as 2 can
 use the Height Predictor to determine if planning for a
 basketball scholarship is a reasonable college funding scheme.
     For children under age 4, the improved tool uses the new "Multiplier
 Method," outlined in the October 2004 issue of The Journal of Pediatric
 Orthopedics, in which height forecasts are based on average height multipliers
 calculated from Centers for Disease Control data.  For children ages 4 and
 older, the Height Predictor uses the widely accepted Khamis
 and Roche method that relies on height measurements of each parent for its
 predictions. is the first Web site to integrate the two
 leading methods into one easy-to-use tool.
     "Parents often hope that they have passed along favorite traits to their
 child," said Katie Motta, the BabyCenter Associate Editor who oversaw
 development of the improved tool.  "Even when their child's still a newborn,
 they usually can identify that 'he has his dad's eyes, and mom's chin.'  But
 one thing parents want to know is how tall their child will be.  The Height
 Predictor is based on the latest science, but it's really just a fun way to
 help parents imagine their child as an adult."
     In addition to the expanded Height Predictor, offers an
 array of useful interactive tools including the Family Entertainment Finder,
 Behavior Problem Solver, Learning Styles Calculator, and Activity Planner
 designed to help parents raise great kids.   The site also offers more than a
 thousand original articles, covering children's health and nutrition, fun and
 activities, learning and development, along with other topics for families
 with young children.  Information is organized by age so parents easily can
 find the most relevant expert advice, along with ideas and tips from thousands
 of other moms and dads who've shared their experiences.
     About BabyCenter(R)
     Founded in 1997, BabyCenter operates, the most visited
 online resource for new and expectant parents,, the
 leading online resource for parents of children ages 2 to 8, and , the leading U.K. resource for new and expectant
 parents.  Offering extensive, medical advisory board-approved content,
 BabyCenter's Web sites attract over 3.5 million visitors each month, as
 measured by comScore Media Metrix, and have been honored with numerous awards,
 including the 2005 People's Voice Webby Award for Best Family/Parenting Web
 site.   In addition, the BabyCenter sites offer an array of interactive tools,
 a supportive online community, a premium subscription service, and an online
 store featuring thousands of products for parents and children.

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