Parenting articles, news and tips on raising happy, healthy, successful kids and teens. This page presents an overview of child development from birth to the development of perception in the preschool age years of age.
It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range. This information is presented to help parents understand what to expect from their child. Sensory Capacities: color perception, visual exploration, oral exploration. Smiles at a Face Visually fixates at a face, smiles at a face, may be soothed by rocking. Motor Ability: control of head and arm movements, purposive grasping, rolls over. Distinguishes between familiar persons and strangers, no longer smiles indiscriminately.
Motor Ability: control of trunk and hands, sits without support, crawls about. Motor Ability: control of legs and feet, stands, creeps, apposition of thumb and fore-finger. Language: says one or two words, imitates sounds, responds to simple commands. Capable of bowel and bladder control. Motor Ability: jumps off a step, rides a tricycle, uses crayons, builds a 9-10 cube tower. Language: starts to use short sentences controls and explores world with language, stuttering may appear briefly.
Dependent, clinging, possessive about toys, enjoys playing alongside another child. Rigid insistence on sameness of routine. Self-sufficient in many routines of home life. Imaginary fears of dark, injury, etc.
Cooperative play with other children, nursery school. Beginning of identification with same-sex parent, practices sex-role activities. Motor ability: mature motor control, skips, broad jumps, dresses himself, copies a square and a triangle. What is Preventing Your Baby from Sleeping Through the Night? Why Do Toddlers Hold Their Breath? Parenting Your ADHD Child – Easy Techniques That Work!