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Your Child's Development

Your Child's Development




Between birth and age five children grow and change very fast. Understanding more about your child’s development may help you understand your child and their behaviour better.

Smiling for the first time, holding a toy, crawling, taking a first step and saying their first words are called developmental milestones. These are the things most children can do by a certain age. Most children’s development follows a similar pattern, although the timing of when certain milestones are reached will vary from child to child. Disabled children or children with additional learning needs may take more time to reach the different stages.  

There is more detailed information about your child’s development in the ‘Bump, Baby & Beyond’ book (External link). This also provides information about feeding, teething, vaccinations, your child’s health and making your home safe. If you are worried about your child’s development – ask your GP or health visitor.

Don’t try to compare your child to anyone else’s. This will put pressure on you and your child. All children are unique. Every child will develop at their own pace and in their own way. They will reach the different development stages at different times. They will also react differently to things around them, depending on their personality or temperament.  

The way your child behaves is part of growing up.  A lot of the behaviour you find difficult may be perfectly normal for your child's age and stage of development. Try to enjoy and celebrate your child’s changes and adapt to them.

Here is some general information about the different stages of development and some tips to encourage and support your child.

Understanding why your child’s brain is so amazing!

Understanding why your child’s brain is so amazing!

06/03/17
Your child’s brain begins to grow and develop before they are even born. During the first three years it will grow the most and by age three 90% of their brain will be developed. Play, love and care and responding to their cries and babbles will give your child the right kind of experiences to help ...
 
Preparing for a new baby

Your baby in the first month (new born)

17/03/16
Having a new baby is a very special but very tiring time. It also brings big changes to your life.
 
Your baby 1-6 months

Your baby 1 - 6 months

17/03/16
Your baby is becoming a very social being. They love being with you and you will begin to understand more about your baby’s ways and messages.
 
Your baby 7-12 months

Your baby 7-12 months

17/03/16
Your baby is becoming more mobile and will take a more active part in family life. They will be able to recognise important, familiar people in their world and may worry when they can't see or feel you nearby.
 
Your toddler 1-2 years

Your toddler 1-2 years

17/03/16
At this stage your toddler is becoming much more mobile, is talking more and is trying to be more independent. They are also beginning to know what they want and what they don’t want!
 
Your toddler 2-3 years

Your toddler 2-3 years

17/03/16
This is an exciting time as your child is able to talk, walk, run and climb to explore the world around them. They have good physical skills but need you to keep them safe. You can help them develop by providing (safe) chances for them to play, while you supervise them.
 
Your child 3 -5 years

Your child 3-5 years

19/11/15
Your child is becoming more independent and capable of doing things on their own. They are at the beginning of learning how to get on with others, and can control their feelings better (although they may still have the odd tantrum).
 
Tricky Moments & Common Behaviours

Tricky Moments & Common Behaviours

Most families have times that are difficult to manage. Here are some ideas for dealing with some common parenting concerns. Every child is unique, but these tips may help.

Give It Time.

Give it time

Tips to encourage better behaviour

Here are five ideas to help you develop a good relationship with your child. These ideas will also encourage positive behaviour, boost your child’s confidence and support their development.

Your Child's Development

Your Child's Development

Between birth and age five children grow and change very fast. Understanding more about your child’s development may help you understand your child and their behaviour better.

 

Parenting. Give it time.

This website has been developed by the Welsh Government with the help of a range of organisations and professionals. Every child and every parent is unique. This website gives parents ideas so they can make decisions about what can work for their child and family. It aims to help parents to build a positive, healthy relationship with their children.

About Parenting. Give it time.