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Important Milestones: By The End Of 3 Years

Babies develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when your child will learn a given skill. The developmental milestones listed below will give you a general idea of the changes you can expect, but don't be alarmed if your own baby's development takes a slightly different course.

Spontaneously shows affection for familiar playmates.

Can take turns in games.

Understands concept of "mine" and "his/hers".

Expresses affection openly.

Expresses a wide range of emotions.

By 3, separates easily from parents.

Objects to major changes in routine.

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Matches an object in her hand or room to a picture in a book.

Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people.

Sorts objects by shape and color.

Completes puzzles with three or four pieces.

Understands concept of "two".

Recognizes and identifies almost all common objects and pictures.

Understands most sentences.

Understands placement in space ("on," "in," "under").

Uses 4- to 5-word sentences.

Can say name, age, and sex.

Uses pronouns (I, you, me, we, they) and some plurals (cars, dogs, cats).

Strangers can understand most of her words.

Walks up and down stairs, alternating feet (one foot per stair step).

Kicks ball.

Runs easily.

Pedals tricycle.

Bends over easily without falling.

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Hand and Finger Skills
Turns book pages one at a time.

Builds a tower of more than six blocks.

Holds a pencil in writing position.

Screws and unscrews jar lids, nuts, and bolts.

Turns rotating handles.

Developmental Health Watch
Alert your child's doctor or nurse if your child displays any of the following signs of possible developmental delay for this age range.

Persistent drooling or very unclear speech.

Cannot build a tower of more than four blocks.

Difficulty manipulating small objects.

Cannot copy a circle by age 3.

Cannot communicate in short phrases.

No involvement in "pretend" play.

Does not understand simple instructions.

Little interest in other children.

Extreme difficulty separating from mother or primary caregiver.

Poor eye contact.

Limited interest in toys.

Experiences a dramatic loss of skills he or she once.

Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities,CDC Act Early Informational Material,From CARING FOR YOUR BABY AND YOUNG CHILD: BIRTH TO AGE 5 by Steven Shelov, Robert E. Hannermann, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2004 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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