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Development Stages

Below, you can find a rough guide on development stages from birth to infants. This page also includes advice on brushing teeth, sleeping and starting school.

  • 0-3 months- lifts head when on their stomach, visual and oral exploration, can be soothed by rocking, perception of pain, will drool, coos and smiles.
  • 3-6 months- babbles, rolls over, recognises their mother, can distinguish between familiar faces and strangers, is interested and engaged with the activity around them.
  • 6-9 months- crawls about, sits without support, enjoys when parent plays ‘peek-a-boo’, can pick up larger objects with fingers, starts to eat solid foods, and points with index finger.
  • 9-12 months- control of legs and feet, stands, responds to simple commands, understands the words “no-no”, responsive to their own name, gives and takes objects, mostly talks in ‘gibberish’. 
  • Infants- runs, can kick a ball, bladder control, interested in their mirror image, very upset when separated from parent, can feed him/herself.

Brushing teeth

Start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as their first tooth comes through. Brush your child’s teeth for about 2 minutes, twice a day.
Helping your child brush their teeth:

  • Guide your child’s hand so they can feel the correct movement to brush.
  • Use a mirror when your child is brushing their teeth, so they know where the brush is when they are brushing their teeth.
  • Make teeth brushing fun, by using colourful or picture toothbrushes and use an egg timer to time them brushing their teeth.

Taking your child to the dentist:

  • The NHS dental care is free for children.
  • Make sure you find your local dentist and take your child for regular dental check-ups as advised by the dentist. 
  • You can search for a local NHS dentist in your area by clicking on the link below

NHS Direct Website (Dentist)

 Sleeping

  • Keeping your child to a regular bedtime routine can be quite challenging. Setting a regular bedtime routine can help your child receive the right amount of sleep that they need.
  • Children usually sleep around 9-12 hours a night.
  • Sleep can be disturbed for some children, such as bedwetting, night terrors and sleepwalking.

Helping your child to sleep:

  • Reading a book to your child before they go to sleep.
  • Avoid putting technology in the child’s bedroom.
  • A warm bath to help them relax before bed.


Starting School
Starting school is a big step for your child. There are ways to help your child get ready for school:

  • Help your child to become more independent, such as dressing themselves, feeding themselves, sharing with others and playing with other children.
  • Take books out the library to help your child to read before they start school.
  • You can speak to the school if your child is worried about starting school.
  • Talk positively to your child about starting school and listen to your child if there is anything worrying them.
  • Help your child to build up their confidence, such as make sure they know it is ok to ask to go to the toilet at school. 
     
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