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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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National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to raise awareness about the importance of providing safe, stable and loving environments for growing children. During the month of April, the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Barbara County is hosting four FREE screenings of the documentary film RESILIENCE to share cutting-edge research about the impacts of abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences. (See event details in the attached flyer) This documentary supports the hopeful message that a “Community in Unity” can make a real difference for children and families in our county. Each screening will be followed by a community dialogue, with multidisciplinary panels of local professionals leading the conversation in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara and Lompoc. Santa Maria will host a facilitated Community Café, where everyone will have the opportunity to join a small group discussion about key messages and action steps. Check our events page for details about each event! ... See MoreSee Less

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to raise awareness about the importance of providing safe, stable and loving environments for growing children. During the month of April, the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Barbara County is hosting four FREE screenings of the documentary film RESILIENCE to share cutting-edge research about the impacts of abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences. (See event details in the attached flyer)  This documentary supports the hopeful message that a “Community in Unity” can make a real difference for children and families in our county. Each screening will be followed by a community dialogue, with multidisciplinary panels of local professionals leading the conversation in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara and Lompoc.  Santa Maria will host a facilitated Community Café, where everyone will have the opportunity to join a small group discussion about key messages and action steps. Check our events page for details about each event!

Lynn Keen-Heckman, LuAnn Miller and 7 others like this

Heather BoydEm Pyle do you want to go to this with me? The one in sb is april 20 i think.

8 hours ago

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