Toddler (1 to 3 Years)
You may see physical development slow to a steady rate as your child moves from infancy into the toddler years. Cognitive and social development really takes off during this stage.
|1 to 3 Years
- She may start to walk alone and even run.
- She might kick a ball and drag her toys behind her.
- She’ll become more self aware, and one of her favorite activities may be mimicking those around
- She’s going to get better and better about finding objects. Keep valuables, small objects, and
breakable items up high or in locked cabinets.
- She’ll begin to see the differences in shapes and colors and begin to play make-believe.
- She may have all 20 of her baby teeth by age 3.
Potty training often occurs around this stage, but every child is different. Be patient, supportive, and understanding. Your pediatrician will guide you and help you identify when your child is ready to begin potty training.
Preschool (3 to 5 Years)
As your child enters his preschool years, he’ll be full of energy and more independent. His little personality will really start to show.
|3 to 5 Years
- He might run, climb, kick a ball, and keep his balance.
- He may also begin to develop preferences in his playmates, be able to take turns during a
game, and understand ownership (mine and yours).
- He might be able to match an object in hand to a picture of that object, put simple puzzles
together, and play with mechanical toys.
Grade School (5 to 12 Years)
When your child starts school, she’s going to gain confidence and begin to demand more independence, but she’ll also rely on you for more guidance.
|5 to 12 Years
- Expect her to progress from simple reading all the way to writing papers and doing her own
- Help her along her way by making physical activity a central part of her life, as this builds
positive habits later in life.
- Expect puberty to begin somewhere between the ages of 11 and 12 for girls and a little after
that for boys. Understand that there’s no exact age when puberty begins. Typically, parents can
use their own experiences as a guide.
Teen (12 to 18 Years)
Drama, moods, and driving. Also a stronger sense of self and new interests develop. Welcome to the teen years.
Your child is now developing an adult body and with it comes surges of hormones, increased emotional awareness, and sexual impulses. Your pediatrician is a vital resource as your child goes through puberty and emerges into adulthood.
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