Your Child’s Development
Most children smile when you play with them.
Most children roll over onto their tummies; reach for things; make baby sounds (e.g. “ah”); laugh; are startled by loud sounds; are soothed by their mother’s voice (birth to 3 months).
Most children roll over both ways; pass something from one hand to the other; turn when you call; make new baby sounds such as “babababa”; enjoy rattles and other noise-making toys (3 to 5 months).
Most children crawl on their hands and knees; pull themselves up to stand; eat with their fingers; understand “no”; produce one word.
Most children walk alone; eat with a spoon; follow simple instructions (e.g. “close the door”); say a few words.
Most children climb stairs; scribble with a crayon; point to a body part; say 10 words.
Most children run; put boots on; point to pictures; say 50 words and put two words together (e.g. “more cookies”).
Most children ride a tricycle; play games; take turns; get dressed; are almost toilet trained; know their names; speak in simple sentences and speak fairly clearly.
Teach your child to talk
The Developmental and Behavioural Pediatric Service of The Montreal Children’s Hospital of the
McGill University Health Centre has suggestions to make it easier for your child to learn to talk:
- describe what you are doing
- talk slowly and clearly
- use simple and grammatically correct sentences
- encourage efforts to communicate
- listen to what your child is saying and not to how it is said
- read books with your child
- sing songs with your child
To help your child develop his coordination, agility and awareness:
- provide crayons, scissors, and paint brushes,puzzles, modeling clay, beads for threading, wooden blocks
- do arts and crafts that involve gluing, tearing and cutting paper, tracing, colouring between two lines
- give your child the opportunity to practice doing up buttons, eating with a spoon
- play games that involve running, jumping, climbing, throwing and kicking a ball