The CDC offers information about developmental milestones by age and children’s mental health as well as developmental screenings. There are tips for positive parenting and other research and resources. The Child Development Page on the CDC website gives information about a variety of health and safety concerns if you need more information about specific conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, muscular dystrophy, hearing or vision loss, etc.
Hide a toy under a small blanket or hand towel. Show the baby how it seems to disappear and re-appear when you pull the blanket off. Repeat several times asking the baby “where did it go?” “There it is!” As the infant develops the capacity for understanding that objects exist even when they cannot see them (object permanence) they will more actively search for objects.
Goal: The infant and caregiver will practice a back and forth exchange which is important for language development and for building positive relationships.
“ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.”
Zero to Three has resources related to development, health, screen time, relationships with families and handouts for ages and stages. The resources are presented in a variety of formats and geared for educators, child care providers, advocates and parents.