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The Development of Children: The First Two Years
Early Childhood Outpatient Program
Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Emotions and Behaviors
Parents and caregivers should begin taking an active role in their child's development from infancy.
In the first three months, you are encouraged to:
Talk to your baby while you hold, feed or play with him or her.
Let baby look at and become familiarized with your face.
Respond to the baby's gestures, faces and sounds.
Give your infant colorful objects to look at, including books and pictures.
When your baby is four to seven months, you are encouraged to:
Talk face-to-face with baby and copy his or her sounds and expressions.
Read books and listen to music with your baby.
Appreciate your child's increased ability to communicate emotions and desires.
Notice baby's interest in the world and his or her growing attachments.
Give your child toys to play with that stimulate hand-eye coordination.
Parents and caregivers of children eight to twelve months are encouraged to:
Provide a safe place for the baby to explore the world around him or her.
Play peek-a-boo and patty cake.
Teach baby to wave "bye bye" and to shake his or her head "yes" or "no."
Continue reading together on a daily basis.
When you child reaches the age of one year old, you should:
Be encouraging and supportive, while setting appropriate limits.
Be consistent: Establish routines for meals, naps and bedtime.
Make time to play with your child daily.
Speak slowly and simply, name objects and give your child time to respond.
Give your child choices.
Listen to and answer questions.
Read rhymes and stories.
Sing and listen to music together.
Choose books that are durable, with pictures to point to and name.
Choose toys that encourage creativity, including blocks and animals.
Parents of two-year-olds are encouraged to:
Offer simple choices, like which book to read together, throughout the day.
Create ways for your child to play with other children and have out-of-home social experiences.
Encourage drawing, building and creative play.
Introduce simple musical instruments.
Spend one-on-one time together daily.
Acknowledge desirable behavior often. For example, "I like it when you play so well together with other children."