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Growth and Development

Normal Growth
A child's growth not only involves the length and weight of his or her body, but also internal growth and development.
The Growing Child: 1 to 3 Months
At this stage of growth, your baby will gain 1-1/2 to 2 pounds in weight and more than an inch in height each month.
The Growing Child: 10 to 12 Months
Your child can now says da-da and ma-ma, and possibly two other words, as well. He or she can also make a simple gesture such as shaking the head.
The Growing Child: 1-Year-Olds
Your child is a toddler now and very active! He or she can climb stairs while holding on and play with push and pull toys.
The Growing Child: 2-Year-Olds
Speech at this age is becoming clearer. Your child has a vocabulary of 200 to 300 words and can tell his or her age and name.
The Growing Child: 3-Year-Olds
Most 3-year-olds have lost the rounded tummy of a toddler. Your child can use a spoon well and can wash and dry his or her hands.
The Growing Child: 4 to 6 Months
This age is very social, and babies begin moving in much more purposeful ways.
The Growing Child: 7 to 9 Months
A baby of this age rolls over easily from front to back and back to front, and bounces when supported to stand.
The Growing Child: Adolescent (13 to 18 Years)
Adolescence is a time for growth spurts and puberty changes. Sexual maturation may occur gradually or several signs may become visible at the same time.
The Growing Child: Newborn
In the first month of life, babies usually catch up and surpass their birthweight, then steadily continue to gain weight.
The Growing Child: Preschool (4 to 5 Years)
Children at this age begin to understand concepts and can compare abstract ideas.
The Growing Child: School-Age (6 to 12 Years)
Although friendships become more important at this age, children are still fond of their parents and like being part of a family.
Understanding the Teen Brain
Parents need to realize the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he or she is 25 years old or so.
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