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.
- At 12-15 months , this is a really fun time for parents. 1-year-olds are able to explore the world in new ways and are eager to do things “all by myself!”
- At 18 months – two years , toddlers are also starting to pretend and use their imagination.
3 years * 4 years * 5 years
- At 30-36 months , older toddlers are full of personality and energy. They want to know the reason for everything. You will probably hear your child ask “Why?” a lot!
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.
- SUMMER is a great time to get outside and help your child benefit from the sensory experiences of nature and outdoor environments.
- Exploring the backyard, nearby woods, and gardens opens a whole new world of wonders for young children. Your cozily bundled baby can even take a nap outside while you plant or weed the gardens, and get some outside fresh air yourself!Here’s a good article by Scholastic: Infants and Toddlers: Let’s Go Outside >> https://www.scholastic.com/…/infants-toddlers-lets-go-outs…/
- 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?
- My baby is 8 months…should she be crawling?
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.
The CDC also has an app to help parents track their child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years. The app includes easy-to-use illustrated checklists and includes questions to ask the pediatrician.