6 - 11

Your baby is fully engaged with the world and is becoming an eager explorer. Your baby is able to sit up and can even get around quickly by crawling. Their fingers are getting nimble and they can use their pincer grip to pick up finger foods. As they get more active, provide a safe space to explore and give them the freedom to use all their senses to play and discover. You might hear their first words. Keep talking to your baby. Describe to them what you're doing, what you see and keep reading to them. They may get anxious around strangers and separation anxiety is common around this age. Build trust by letting them get used to new people and always say goodbye before you leave.

11 - 18

Your toddler is becoming more confident on their feet. They are on the course to walk by themselves, go up and down stairs and is becoming quite the climb-er. Their language skills are growing and they can understand more than they can express. Foster their verbal skills by putting feelings into world, posing questions and talking about the books you read together.

18 - 24

Your toddler may attempt skills such as using a pencil or spoon, or drinking from a cup. They will also be able to start identifying shapes and colors. They scribble with crayons, build towers, throw balls, and enjoy filling and emptying containers. You might notice that first signs that indicate whether they'll be left or right-handed.

2 - 3

Your toddler's imagination is talking off. Playing make believe is a trademark of this age. Their speech is becoming clear and they can follow multi step instructions. You'll see them start to develop friendships, showing empathy and affection for their playmates and even their toys. Provide your toddler with lots of opportunities to play with kids of their own age. Give them a chance to resolve disputes with their friends, but be ready to step in and facilitate sharing or taking turns. They'll need help figuring out how to solve problems and how to handle their emotions.