Essay on Main Stages of Child Development from Birth to 19 Years

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Main stages of child development from birth to 19 years

1. From birth to 19 years of age, children and young people tend to follow a broad developmental plan. Although children and young people are different, the way they grow and develop is often quite similar. This means we can work out a pattern for development and from this we can pinpoint particular skills or milestones that most children can do at different age ranges. Milestones describe when particular skills are achieved, such as walking, usually achieved by 18 months. These milestones have been draw up by researchers looking at children’s development and working out an average from their recordings. However as children grow older the variations between individuals grow
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Babies who are staring to relax at bath time or when their nappies are changed. Fleeting smiles when asleep (smiles of contentment begin from five or six weeks. Coos when content (from around five or six weeks)

Babies at Three months Babies at three months have now grown in both height and weight. They are wearing new sets of clothes and have changed in many ways. Some babies have learned the difference between night and day and are able to sleep through the night, which is great help for parents. Babies are also crying less and most parents are getting better at knowing at what their cries mean. Babies are starting to sleep a little less and are far more alert. They may smile quite often and show that they know the sound of their parents’ voices and movements. Babies’ bodies are also developing. They are able to lift their heads up and look about when they are put on their tummies.

These are things you may expect to observe in a baby at 3 months:-

Physical Development Babies who lift and turn their heads Interest in play with fingers

Communication and Intellectual Development Excitement when it is time to be fed Babies who are starting to notice mobiles and objects around them

Social, Emotional and behavioural