Every Step Counts
When you are a busy parent, it's a challenge to keep all the facts straight. You find yourself asking questions like, "Now when is she supposed to be walking?" or "Should he be talking more by now?"
Questions are good. In fact, if you have a child under five, now is the time to be asking those questions about your child's learning and growth. And now is the time to have their development checked on a regular basis.
The way your child develops and learns today is key to his or her future. Every step counts - especially during those all-important first five years of life.
That is why it is important for you to know how your child should be learning and growing...and that is why we have created this checklist. Between visits to your doctor, use it as a guide to watching your child's changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk with your doctor. You can also check with your local school district to find out when developmental screenings are being offered in your community.
Look for These Changes in Your Growing Child
‣ lifts head regularly when on tummy
‣ makes cooing noise
‣ quiets when spoken to
‣ grasps objects placed in hand
‣ begins to bat at objects
1 1/2 Years
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No Two Are Alike
As you use this checklist, keep in mind that the changes under each age are only a guide for you. They are based on the typical ages at which many children learn certain skills.
Each child is one of a kind - no two are alike. They differ in appearance, in the ways they feel about things and in the way they learn. They also differ in the ways they move and even in the speed of their development. Your child may learn and grow more quickly or more slowly in certain areas than other children of the same age.
When you know just how your child should be growing and learning, you can improve your skills as a parent. You can also see or even prevent possible problems. And...you can help to make your child's first exciting years count for a lifetime!
Remember...as parents, you know your child best. And you are in charge of guiding your child and seeking help when needed. So please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any concern about your child's development. For more information, ask your doctor or call your local school district.