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Child Development (3 months – 6 months)

Your child's experiences in the early months and years of life affect her health, well-being, and coping skills for the rest of her life. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting help ensure your baby's optimal development. During the toddler years, your child will grow and learn rapidly.

Child development is typically described in five areas: 

  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • cognitive
  • language

While there are milestones, development is not a race. Each child grows and develops at his own pace. Learning about child development can guide your parenting. You can support and guide your child’s development through activities in each of these four areas:

  • Learning To Think and Play
  • Seeing and Using Hands
  • Hearing, Speech and Language
  • Learning To Move

Your Developing Baby from 3 to 6 Months 

  • Recognizes caregivers
  • Becomes excited when about to be fed and at bath times
  • Fixes eyes on caregiver’s face when feeding
  • Reaches for and lets go of objects
  • Responds to  his/her name 
  • Cries when uncomfortable
  • Recognizes faces and shows a preference for familiar people

There are many ways you can help your child’s development

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he/she lives and grows.
 
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

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Updated Oct 2, 2015