All children develop at their own pace. Signs of healthy development vary by each stage of growth. While most of us understand the significance of crawling, walking and talking, we may not realize that some of the frustrating and messy moments we experience with our little ones are also important milestones that should be celebrated, rather than discouraged. So, go ahead, dance along with their banging of pots and pans and make silly faces at their spaghetti tossing.
Track your child’s development starting with pregnancy and act when you have concerns.
Pregnancy is a time to prioritize healthy habits like eating nutritious meals, going for walks, getting enough rest and start building a bond with your growing baby. During pregnancy your baby is growing fast and it is important that you keep your prenatal care visits, notice any changes (body, appetite, sleep, mood, etc.) and ask questions.
For a healthy pregnancy consider the following:
Newborns are discovering the world around them and adapting to their new environment. Although babies spend a lot of time sleeping, they are aware and can feel, hear, see and smell everything around them. Early experiences shape children’s development positively or negatively. Make sure your baby is getting plenty of love from you and other trusted adults.
This is an exciting stage for your baby’s development. She is learning to make sounds, how to say her first words, take her first steps, explore and become curious about her surrounding and make independent choices.
Support your baby’s growth and healthy development by:
Put on your tennis shoes! Your toddler is busy inspecting every inch of their space. The challenge is to encourage their curiosity while keeping them safe and teaching limits. Toddlers are explorers and great problem solvers. Their interaction with you and others is increasing and they need help to understand and regulate their emotions and reactions.
Help guide your toddler’s energy with activities that promote learning:
Your preschooler will surprise you with their imagination and self-awareness. They will be busy forming first friendships and sharing the skills they’ve mastered. Preschool aged children understand the impact of their behavior on others. Your reaction to their behavior can build or damage their self-esteem and confidence. Be prepared for your child to mirror your behavior.
Support your child’s social and emotional development by: