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Child development

Now that you’re a parent, what’s next? Let’s start at the beginning, with information targeted at each age level of your child’s growth and development. Part of parenting is getting children started with good habits to help them grow up healthy.

Newborn and baby (0-12 months)

Visit BootsWebMD's Newborn and baby guide to read in-depth articles about baby's month-by-month development from birth to twelve months.

Visit BootsWebMD's Newborn and baby guide for articles about baby health, baby jabs and common concerns.

Toddlers (12 - 36 months)

Birthday number one - 12 whole months old!  Learn more about the changes and growth you can expect in your 12-month-old.

At 2, your child is developing in leaps and bounds, but not just physically – also in his or her ability to speak, play, learn and interact with others.

At 3, your child is continuing to develop physically and make huge progress in his or her ability to speak, play, learn and interact with others.

Potty training is a big milestone for a child! Find out more about taking this important step.

Sometimes a child who has made the change from nappies to using the potty or toilet can go back to having accidents.

Coping with young children's behaviour can be a challenge for any parent. Get tips.

Find out what the experts say about coping with a clingy toddler.

Separation anxiety, where children as young as eight to 14 months old are afraid of unfamiliar people and places, is a normal stage in a child's development.

Learn the best ways to deal with a toddler tantrum.

It is helpful to be aware of red flags for potential developmental delays in children. Find out the signs that appear in children between birth and age two.

Preschoolers (4-5 years)

At 4, there are still huge gains in your child's overall development of physical, cognitive, language and social abilities

At 5, your child is still learning new skills and increasing his or her development of physical, cognitive, language and social skills.

Find out the signs of developmental delays that usually appear in older toddlers and preschoolers.

Very different from nightmares, night terrors are frightening episodes for the entire family. Learn what’s behind them.

Find out the eight skills your child should have before starting school.

The first day at school is an important milestone for parents and children alike. Find out more.

Schoolchildren (6-9 years)

At six, your child is entering a phase of relatively stable progress compared with the leaps and bounds of the early years.

In general, baby teeth will begin to fall out between the ages of 6 and 7.

Your seven year old is becoming increasingly independent.

By age eight, children are beginning to get a sense of their own place in the world and are developing stronger interests and opinions of their own.

Now that your child is nine, growing independence from the family will probably be obvious.

Understanding a child's social milestones will help you to understand what to expect from your child and his friendships as he or she grows up.

Preteens (10-13 years)

Your child is now on the cusp of adolescence and the changes of puberty may become apparent.

Your child at 11 will be embarking on a period of physical growth at a faster rate than at any time in life except infancy.

At 12, your child will often seem very grown up, but may revert to childish behaviour at times.

Some boys go through puberty at a young age: this is called precocious puberty.

Some girls go through puberty at a young age, also known as precocious puberty. Learn about the signs.

Everything you need to know about the changes your daughter might be experiencing.

Puberty is often an exciting time, as you change from a boy to a man.

Should you be worried about delayed puberty in your son?

When is it OK to leave children on their own at home?  Read more.

Teenagers (14-18 years)

Having "the talk" can be stressful. Find out more about talking to your children about sex.

Sleep disorders happen in all age groups. Here's information specifically about sleep and teens.

Many teens wonder "Why am I in such a bad mood?" Find out the answer here!

Peer pressure is a hard thing to deal with for most teens. Find out how to help your child navigate it.

One of the most common problems among teenagers is spots. Learn more about how to prevent breakouts and keep your skin clear.

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