Child Development

  • Physical: Child born

    Born between 5.5 and 10 pounds. They are normally 18 to 20 inches long at birth.
  • Reflex: Child born with certain reflexes

    Born with rooting and grasping reflexes.
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    Typical Development of Children

  • Reflex: Tonic Neck Reflex

    When the childs head is turned to the side, its arms move. This is believed to be a precurser to hand eye coordination.
  • Reflex: Startle reflex peaks

    Although born with this reflex, it peaks at two months. This allows the the child to protect itself from things that startle it.
  • Perception: Child begins to look for detail

    Around this time, instead of just looking and studying the edges of things, the child will begin investigating and looking at details of objects.
  • Physical: Child can lift head

    By the end of 3 months, the child should be able to raise its head on its own.
  • Reflex: Galant Reflex

    If the childs back is stroked it will turn toward that side.
  • Perceptual

    By this time, the baby should be able to fixate on an object for long periods of time.
  • Physical: The child smiles

    By the end of month 4, the child should be able to smile.
  • Perception: Child sees color

    Around this time, the childs vision becomes more attuned and can see color.
  • Language: Crying lessens

    The child will begin crying less.
  • Physical: Child grasps objects

    By this time, the child should be able to conciously grasp objects.
  • Perceptual: Infant can judge danger

    By this time, children 6 months and older have been found to stay away from areas that looked dangerous like a dropoff. This is believed to be because of their crawling experience.
  • Language: Child begins to coo

    Around this time, the child will begin to coo.
  • Language: Child begins to babble

    Around this time, the child should begin to babble. This will include every sound a human is possible of making.
  • Physical: Child crawls

    The child should be crawling by this time. May also be able to stand with assistance.
  • Language: Babble begins to sound like language

    Later in the first year, babies begin to make sounds that sound more like the languages around them.
  • Physical: Child may begin to walk

    The child may begin to walk between 9 and 18 months.