Early Child Development

I AM NEW
(nurture me)

I am a bundle of potential and need. I’m a consumer of information, I’m all about watching, listening, touching, tasting and smelling. Let me explore. I’m a scientist and problem solver. I’m hope and happiness.

3 Months

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Communication

Cries when upset, squeals, laughs, gurgles, and coos.

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Problem Solving

Cries when he/she needs something

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Fine Motor

Puts hand in mouth.

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Gross Motor

Learns to support head, pushes up on arms when on stomach.

Be patient. A child's development isn't always a smooth journey. Find out more about when to be concerned and for more detailed developmental checklists please refer below:

Healthy Parents, Heathy Children: Developmental Stages, Tasks And Milestones

9 Months

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Communication

Likes to copy sounds and make facial expressions.

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Problem Solving

Will find a toy if hidden, copies what others do.

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Fine Motor

Holds and grabs toys in both hands and from one to the other.

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Gross Motor

Moves from sitting to lying down, sits up without support and may crawl.

Be patient. A child's development isn't always a smooth journey. Find out more about when to be concerned and for more detailed developmental checklists please refer below:

Healthy Parents, Heathy Children: Developmental Stages, Tasks And Milestones

I AM 1
(I’m not a little baby)

I’m an all-the-time explorer and natural-born learner. I’m highly evolved and eager to take on the world.

12-18 months

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Communication

Says momma or dada, points to objects he/she knows.

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Problem Solving

Drops things just to see you pick them up, becomes attached to toys for security; says no.

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Fine Motor

Scribbles with crayons, uses a spoon.

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Gross Motor

Stands up, walks and attempts to run unassisted, learning to catch objects.

Be patient. A child's development isn't always a smooth journey. Find out more about when to be concerned and for more detailed developmental checklists please refer below:

Healthy Parents, Heathy Children: Developmental Stages, Tasks And Milestones

I AM 2
(don’t underestimate me)

This is tough as I realize the world is not all about me, like it did when I was younger. Sometimes it’s overwhelming and as I try to understand life my curiosity may sometimes look like trouble. I’m a force to be reckoned with, a busy brain on the go.

2 - 3 years

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Communication

Says short sentences, uses more than 50 words.

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Problem Solving

Shows interest in using the potty.

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Fine Motor

Turns a key, throws and catches, eats and drinks unassisted.

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Gross Motor

Walks up and down stairs while holding onto a railing, mastering how to kick, throw and catch a ball.

Be patient. A child's development isn't always a smooth journey. Find out more about when to be concerned and for more detailed developmental checklists please refer below:

Healthy Parents, Heathy Children: Developmental Stages, Tasks And Milestones

I AM 3

Did you notice I am always on the move. Sometimes I forget to sit still, keep my hands to myself, take turns, be patient, or keep quiet. I need movement, I need adventure, and I need to engage the world with my whole body.

3 - 4 years

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Communication

Should understand 75% of what people say.

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Problem Solving

Does simple puzzles, is becoming social, and wants to help with chores.

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Fine Motor

Eats without making a huge mess, gets dressed on their own.

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Gross Motor

Catches objects, hops on one foot, swings, climbs, skips and jumps.

Be patient. A child's development isn't always a smooth journey. Find out more about when to be concerned and for more detailed developmental checklists please refer below:

Healthy Parents, Heathy Children: Developmental Stages, Tasks And Milestones

I AM 4
(challenge me)

I’m a smooth talker, very observant and want to know it all. Sometimes I think I know it all and have more questions in me than you have answers. I’m a risk taker and mess maker. I’m not as grown up as some people think. I still need to play, move and explore.

4 - 5 years

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Communication

Speaks in complete sentences, follows 3 step directions and asks a lot of questions.

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Problem Solving

Focuses on a tasks and finishes it, laughs at jokes and then makes up their own joke.

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Fine Motor

Prints some letters, colors inside the lines, draws a person copying shapes and lines.

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Gross Motor

Gets dressed, walks up stairs alternating feet.

Be patient. A child's development isn't always a smooth journey. Find out more about when to be concerned and for more detailed developmental checklists please refer below:

Healthy Parents, Heathy Children: Developmental Stages, Tasks And Milestones



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