The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her healthy development.
Tracking A Child’s Development
- 6-9 months is a time of great fun for parents as they watch their babies become eager explorers who are thrilled to discover that they can make things happen.
- Between 9 and 12 months , babies take action with a goal in mind. These purposeful actions also show that babies have developed a better memory.
Your Child’s Development
- As we’ve been discussing on our Parenting Corner page, young children learn through imitation. They love to watch you and try to imitate what you are doing. Here’s a link to an article from Parenting magazine on the power of imitation. “By copying adults during this crucial year of growth, 1-year-olds learn a vast array of skills. Imitation is vital to the development of abilities ranging from language to social skills…”
- Healthy development means that children of all abilities , including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met.
- Toddlers use a lot of energy to grow and play, and their little stomachs can’t hold enough food to keep them from getting hungry between meals.Toddlers need both a morning and an afternoon snack…here is a good article on healthy snack ideas.
- It’s also important for parents to help their child learn how to cope with their feelings. Learn how parents are their child’s guide in sharing the joys and coping with the challenges, starting on day one
- Did you know that “make believe” play can help your young child’s executive functioning?
Questions about your child’s development? Milford Thrives is happy to provide resources on child development and age-appropriate games and activities; we can also refer you to free developmental screening. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Or, call Gateways Community Services directly 603-459-2775 to schedule your child’s free developmental screening.
There are several child development apps available for parents:
- VROOM is a free and parent-friendly app that gives you daily tips to help support your child’s healthy development.
- Text4Baby provides expectant and new parents with free text messages three times per week timed to your due date (or your baby’s birth date), through pregnancy and up until your baby’s first birthday.