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What should I be doing daily with my Newborn to 4 year old?

Newborn (0-12 months)

- Feeding: Ensure regular feedings, whether breastfeeding or formula, typically every 2-3 hours.

- Sleeping: Establish a sleep routine with safe sleep practices (back sleeping, firm mattress).

- Bonding: Engage in skin-to-skin contact, cuddling, and talking to build emotional connections.

- Tummy Time: Practice tummy time for a few minutes several times a day to strengthen neck and shoulder muscles.

- Sensory Stimulation: Introduce a variety of sounds, sights, and textures.

- Hygiene: Regularly change diapers and bathe the baby as needed.

- Health Monitoring: Keep up with vaccinations and pediatric check-ups.

1-Year-Old (12-24 months)

- Feeding: Introduce a variety of solid foods, encourage self-feeding with finger foods.

- Sleeping: Maintain consistent nap times and bedtime routines.

- Motor Skills: Provide opportunities for crawling, walking, and climbing under supervision.

- Language Development: Talk, read, and sing to your child regularly to encourage language skills.

- Play: Engage in interactive play, using toys that stimulate fine and gross motor skills.

- Social Skills: Encourage interaction with other children and adults.

- Health: Continue with regular health check-ups and vaccinations.

2-Year-Old (24-36 months)

- Feeding: Offer a balanced diet with a variety of foods; encourage self-feeding and use of utensils.

- Sleeping: Stick to regular sleep schedules with naps and nighttime sleep.

- Potty Training: Introduce potty training when the child shows signs of readiness.

- Language and Cognitive Skills: Read books together, introduce simple puzzles, and engage in conversations.

- Physical Activity: Encourage running, jumping, and climbing to develop gross motor skills.

- Play: Promote imaginative play with toys, dress-up, and role-playing.

- Socialization: Arrange playdates to develop social skills.

3-Year-Old (36-48 months)

- Feeding: Continue offering a variety of nutritious foods, involve your child in meal preparation.

- Sleeping: Maintain a consistent sleep routine with enough rest each night.

- Language Development: Expand vocabulary and sentence structures through reading, storytelling, and conversation.

- Cognitive Development: Introduce counting, colors, shapes, and basic problem-solving activities.

- Independence: Encourage self-dressing, brushing teeth, and other self-care tasks.

- Physical Activity: Provide opportunities for both structured and unstructured play, including outdoor activities.

- Social Skills: Teach sharing, taking turns, and cooperative play through group activities.

4-Year-Old (48-60 months)

- Feeding: Ensure balanced nutrition, involve your child in choosing healthy foods.

- Sleeping: Keep a regular sleep schedule with adequate nighttime sleep.

- Learning and Development: Foster early literacy and numeracy skills through educational games and activities.

- Physical Activity: Encourage sports, dance, and other physical activities to develop coordination and strength.

- Creativity: Support creative activities like drawing, painting, and crafting.

- Social and Emotional Skills: Teach empathy, problem-solving, and emotional expression through interactive play and discussions.

- Preparation for School: Engage in activities that prepare for preschool, such as following instructions, recognizing letters, and practicing fine motor skills.

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