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PARENTS

You need accurate information to parent your child with confidence. The topics below explain what to expect as your child grows, how to avoid threats to your child’s health, and where to go when you need help.

YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT

Hover over the interactive slider below to learn more about the skills your child should develop at each age
  • 3 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • give me interesting things to look at
    • sing and read to me
    • hold me to feed me
    • comfort me by talking in a soft and soothing voice
    3 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • follow movement by turning my head
    • coo and gurgle
    • cry when hungry or uncomfortable
    • smile back at people
  • 6 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • look at colorful books with me
    • talk and play with me
    • baby proof everything
    • let me sleep 2 to 3 times a day
    6 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • roll over
    • reach for and hold objects
    • coo, babble, squeal, laugh
    • be soothed and love to be touched and held close
  • 9 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • sing and read to me
    • put me to bed without a bottle
    • talk to me about what I am seeing or doing
    • give me a safe place to move around
    9 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • creep or crawl
    • respond to my name
    • say "mama" or "dada"
    • stand, holding onto a support
    • sit without help
  • 12 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • include me at family meal times
    • play with me, read to me, sing to me and talk to me
    • help me learn what I shouldn’t do by saying ”no” in a firm, quiet voice
    • stay within eyesight of me
    12 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • wave "bye-bye"
    • show many emotions such as happiness, sadness, discomfort, and anger
    • be interested in other children
    • feed myself with a spoon/finger/cup
  • 18 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • give me age appropriate toys
    • avoid giving me food as reward or punishment
    • hold me and read simple stories
    • teach me simple songs
    18 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • let you know what I want
    • point to familiar things when named
    • speak without help
    • speak 10-20 words
    • show emotions such as happiness, fear, sympathy, modesty, guilt, or embarrassment
  • 2 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • help me learn new words
    • tell or read me short stories
    • talk to me about things I do and see
    • be calm and comforting after my temper outbursts, I need to know that you love me
    2 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • jump, run, and climb stairs
    • sometimes use 2 word sentences
    • often do opposite of what’s asked
    • learn about rules but not able to remember the rules
  • 3 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • take me to the library and help me get my own library card
    • let me help with simple household chores
    • schedule a dental visit and ask about sealants, thumb sucking, or pacifier use
    • help me put my toys away
    • model when to say please, thank you, and sorry
    3 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • be toilet trained during the day, usually dry during the night
    • talk and usually be understood
    • use three word sentences
    • kick a ball
    • name 6 body parts
    • think about feelings of others
    • pay attention for longer
  • 4 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • read with me every day
    • let me make meaningful choices every day
    • respect my food dislikes
    • pay attention to me when I am talking
    • give me opportunities to play with other children
    4 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • ask questions
    • put together 7-12 piece puzzles
    • match or name some colors
    • begin to control frustration
    • start to understand danger
  • 5 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • feed me foods from the basic food groups
    • read to me
    • sort and count all kinds of household things with me
    • let me help plan activities and events
    5 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • play organized games
    • cut with scissors
    • draw a person with 6-8 body parts
    • catch a bounced ball
    • count to 10
    • can predict what might happen in books when you read to me
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