Child Development

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Understand and Track Key Developmental Milestones

Many different groups and websites offer useful information to help you track your child's developmental milestones. We provide links to some of our favorite tools and resources below. You choose the way that fits your family best (an app, videos, brochures, growth chart, or checklists)

A Developmental Growth Chart

From the CDC: Track developmental milestones as your chid grows.

The CDC App for Tracking Developmental Milestones

Booklets for Tracking Your Child's Development

Checklists from the CDC from age 2 months to five years to help you:

  • Make sure your baby's development is on track
  • Understand ways you can help your baby sleep
  • Help you share information with your child's doctor

Similar information is also available in easy to print checklists also from the CDC.

Videos on Child Development (from birth to age 5)

Minnesota Help Me Grow: Simple short videos on key developmental milestones. With separate videos for different ages from newborn to age 5.

Books About Child Development

The Emotional Life of the Toddler, 2nd Edition

Alicia F. Lieberman

Alicia is the developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Her book provides guidance regarding how to support young children's healthy emotional development. Hailed as “groundbreaking” by The Boston Globe after its initial publication, the new edition includes the latest research on this crucial stage of development.

Drawing on her lifelong research, Dr. Lieberman addresses commonly asked questions and issues. Why, for example, is “no” often the favorite response of the toddler? How should parents deal with the anger they might feel when their toddler is being aggressively stubborn? Why does a crying toddler run to his mother for a hug only to push himself vigorously away as soon as she begins to embrace him? This updated edition also addresses twenty-first century concerns such as how to handle screen time on devices and parenting in a post-internet world.

With the help of numerous examples and vivid cases, Lieberman answers these and other questions, providing, in the process, a rich, insightful profile of the roller coaster emotional world of the toddler.