Preschooler can do

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think.

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A nine-month-old child is typically developing if he can speak even one word. With the benefit of proper scaffolding, he’ll know fifty to one hundred words within just a few months. By two, he will speak around 320 words; a couple months later – over 570.
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When tots see the world

At 12 to 18 months of age, toddlers begin to become interested in the world around them.

Still, they view everything in terms of themselves. As they start to discover other people, they learn how to elicit reactions from them. As they continue to grow, they learn to socialize by trial and error.

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Baby Development

In the tenth month, most babies stand holding on something, walk with the support and pull up to standing position from sitting. They can wave goodbyes, crawl well and thumb and finger pincer grasp to pick up things.

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Personality traits

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits.

Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality and don’t expect him or her to be just like you.

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Determining when your tot is ready for a big bed

Most baby experts agree that a toddler will be ready to move from a cot to a "big girl" bed between the ages of 2 and 3 years old.

Physically, it’s recommended that your toddler has reached a height of three feet (90 cm) tall.

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Weight milestones

During the first year of life, your baby will grow and develop at an amazing speed. Her weight will double by 5 to 6 months, and triple by her first birthday. And she is constantly learning.

Major achievements – called developmental milestones – include rolling over, sitting up, standing and possibly walking.

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Speech and development

Kids acquire speech, like all the other developmental skills, at their own pace. Most children who talk late eventually catch up. Use this guide to identify speech delays.

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Toddlers and balance

Toddlers learn by playing and they learn a lot between ages 1 and 3.

At 1, a child may be working on a wobbly walk and just starting to use words. But by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot and speak in short sentences.

During these important years, toddlers will enjoy playing simple games with their parents and other caregivers. But they also can start enjoying group games with other young children, though they’ll need adult assistance.

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When todders learn to jump

Between 2 and 3 years, toddlers learn how to jump off low structures, and eventually how to jump from a standing position. Both of these skills require bilateral coordination, or the ability to use both sides of your body to do something different.

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Concentration and attention span

At 2 1/2 concentration and attention span is growing, although it is still fairly short. This means your child can easily become absorbed in the activity at hand and not remember simple things, like forgetting to take a potty break in children that have been toilet trained.

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When tots talk

Because there is such a wide range of normal ages for beginning to talk, it’s actually more useful to pay attention to how well your baby understands what you say to him.

By 14-15 months, most toddlers will follow at least one verbal command, without any visual cues.

Vocabulary milestones

At his first birthday, your child will likely use one to five words meaningfully. By 14 months, that working vocabulary may grow to seven real words, though he may have up to 20 words.

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Baby development

Babies do not develop at the same rate. There is a wide range of what is considered "normal."

Your baby may be ahead in some areas and slightly behind in others. If you are worried about possible delays, talk to your baby’s health care provider.

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The history of height/weight tables

Height / weight tables for newborns to 2 year olds used by doctors and dietitians were developed from a single community of Ohio Caucasian, bottle fed babies between 1929 and 1975 who came from families of similar socioeconomic backgrounds.

These babies were not measured often enough (every 3 months) yet their data is used to measure every US infant.

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Growth and diet in child’s second year

Growth slows down in a child’s second year. This means toddlers often have smaller appetites and need less food.

The amount eaten from day to day can change dramatically. Although this sometimes worries parents, this change is normal and doesn’t mean your child is being difficult or is unwell.

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19-24 milestones

At 19-24 months, toddlers can use a spoon, dress themselves with help and use partially understandable speech. They may begin to understand abstract concepts such as "sooner" and "later."

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Leaps in vocabulary

Kids make big leaps in vocabulary during in toddlerhood, and learn about letters, shapes, colors, weather, animals, seasons – all of which can be reinforced through books.

Choose ones with many pictures your child can point to and name.

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