May 28, 2010, Newsletter Issue #206: Your Child at Three Years Old

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This is a brief summary of what to expect for a three-year-old's development. If you have any specific concerns or questions, you should address those with your child's pediatrician.

Physical Development

throws and kicks balls
begins to copy capital letters
draws circles and squares
dresses and undresses self

Social Development

engages in pretend play
cooperates with other children
looks for ways to solve problems

Cognitive Development

identifies "same" and "different"
speaks in short sentences
tells and remembers parts of stories

At some point between the ages of 3 and 4, children commonly give up their afternoon nap. This means they will need to go to bed earlier to compensate for the lost sleep. Children this age need anywhere from 9-13 hours of sleep each day.

At this age, your child's eating habits should be similar to your own, eating the same foods at the same times. Choking is still considered a hazard because your child has not yet mastered chewing and swallowing.

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