Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
0-3 Months - How you can support your child
By doing these 8 things, you can help your child grow physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively…
Physical Growth
Social/Emotional Development
Brain Development
  1. Play
    Give your baby a rattle-and other toys-to see and feel. Babies see things best that are eight to twelve inches away. He will follow them with his eyes. He also enjoys feeling different textures: smooth, fuzzy, soft, etc. Holding and reaching for toys also helps babies develop motor skills.
  2. Sing
    Sing to your baby. Singing helps soothe babies and can help prevent language problems later in life.
  3. Tummy Time
    Tummy Time
    Make room for “tummy time.” When babies play on their tummies during their awake hours, they begin to develop the strong neck muscles they need to lift their heads.
  4. Talk
    Talk to your baby. Newborns are born already knowing their mother’s voice. Talking to your baby helps her feel safe and secure.
  5. Respond
    Learn and respond to your baby’s signals. Babies use sounds, cries, and faces to try to tell you when they are hungry, bored, happy, or excited.
  6. Snuggle
    Snuggle with your baby. Cuddling--especially skin-to-skin cuddling--helps newborns feel less stressed and more secure. It can even help them sleep better and feel less pain.
  7. Soothe
    Soothe your newborn when she cries. You can’t spoil a baby! Taking care of a child when she cries helps her reduce stress hormones.
  8. Care for Self
    Care for Self
    Take good care of yourself. Newborns feel tense when their families feel worried, sad, or stressed. A new baby is a big change: If you are feeling depressed after the baby is born, getting help from your doctor is the very best thing you can do to help your baby.
By three months most children can... Follow toys with eyes. Move head toward sounds. Grasp a finger. Move arms/legs. Hold up head when on belly. Coo and gurgle. Begin to smile. Calm themselves by sucking on hands. Feel the difference between smooth and rough.

Remember: All babies are different, and every child develops at his or her own pace. However, you can talk to your child’s doctor if you are worried about your child’s development. Or call Connecticut Birth to Three ’s toll-free hotline to talk to someone about your concerns: 1-800-505-7000.
Additional Resources:
These free guides from the Center for Disease Control can help you talk to your child’s doctor about healthy growth and development.
Concerned About Development? How to Help Your Child
Concerned About Development? How to Talk with the Doctor
¿Le preocupa el desarrollo de su hijo? Cómo Ayudarlo
¿Está preocupado por el desarrollo? Cómo Hablar con el Médico
Check your child's development using this checklist. Compruebe desarrollo de su niño usando esta lista de verificación.
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Resources: Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in Education. NEA Education Policy and Practice Department. Center for Great Public Schools. 2008. Milestones compiled and adapted from: Developmental Milestones: Learn the Signs. Act Early. CDC 24/7: Saving Lives Protecting People. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 21 April 2015. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages: Your Child’s Development. ZERO TO THREE. National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. 2008. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages. Healthy Children: Powered by Pediatricians. Trusted by Parents. 2016. American Academy of Pediatrics. 2016. Web. 3 Jan 2016.
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