Designed for parents and caregivers, this book traces the development of children in their first three years of life and offers parenting strategies for fostering development. The first section focuses on infants from birth to 9 months. Information is provided on feeding issues, sleep issues, establishing routines, crying, temperament, play, learning, redirection and childproofing, and stranger awareness. The second section covers developmental milestones for toddlers ages 9-18 months and includes information on walking, setting limits and giving directions, biting, play, and separation anxiety. The final section focuses on young children ages 18-36 months, including transitions, reflecting feelings, using praise and encouragement, aggression and self-discipline, tantrums, play, toilet teaching, language learning, and developing empathy. Over 75 full-color photographs illustrate the parenting techniques referenced in the text, along with 25 special boxes with useful tips, 25 boxes with expert advice, and a list of resources to contact for special concerns. 25 references.
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