While mental and motor growth surge, physical growth slows during the second year. During the first year, the average baby may add 14 pounds and 10 inches (6.4 kilograms and 25 centimeters) to his growth; during the second year, baby may add only 5 pounds and 5 inches (2.3 kilograms and 13 centimeters). This growth deceleration brings about a corresponding decrease in appetite, justifying the toddler label of “picky eating.” Not only does baby take in fewer calories, but he runs off much of the first year’s baby fat, becoming a leaner-looking baby.
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