It might be charmingly old-fashioned to track a son or daughter's height on a wall or door jamb, but that just won't fly in many modern households. For the messiness-averse, there's this owl growth chart from Chasing Fireflies, available in blue or pink. At $98, the price is a bit steep, but three features that might make it worth the investment: Personalization is free as long as the name is 10 characters or fewer. (Sorry, Bartholomew.) The chart measures all the way to 5 feet. And the board is hinged so it can be folded up, concealing the numbers and turning it into a piece of wall art. For the owl design and dozens of others, go to www.chas ing-fireflies .com and punch "growth chart" into the search field.
-- David A. Keeps