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Your Child’s Development: 3 Years


Kids this age love to play games of make-believe. But their imaginations can sometimes run away with them, and even spook them. Listen to your child's fears and be there to comfort and reassure him or her when needed. 

Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, so some children gain skills earlier or later than others. Toddlers who were born prematurely reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your child's progress.

Here are some things your toddler might be doing:

Communication and Language Skills

Movement and Physical Development 

Social and Emotional Development

Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)

When to Talk to Your Doctor

Every child develops at his or her own pace, but certain signs could indicate a delay in development. Talk to your doctor if your child:

Also, if you ever notice that your child has lost skills he or she once had or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.

Date reviewed: June 2016


Note: All information on KidsHealth® is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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