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3 years 11 months old

Katie de Klee
How your pre-schooler will grow and develop, what changes to be aware of, and some great tips for the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Sleeping patterns firmly in place.
  • Able to persist with activities.
  • Better at different stepping movements.
  • Your baby is nearly four years old! 
How your pre-schooler is developing:
Now that your child is nearly four (where did the time go?) they have probably given up the afternoon nap. Some children will continue to fall asleep in the afternoons, particularly if they have a car journey home from their nursery or pre-school, and there’s no harm in letting your child nap as long as they can sleep properly at night. You should be settling into the right sleeping pattern for your child by now.

Pre-schoolers can be very persistent: when they are trying to master a skill you will see them attempt to do it many times until they get it. If they are failing, they have an amazing ability to keep at it. Encourage them – it helps them stay motivated. By now they will have the hang of the walk, run, hop, skip and the jump, and they’ll be getting better at galloping (perhaps with one stronger side). If you’re out and they get tired of walking, it’s a good idea to suggest they travel in a more exciting way – hop for a few metres, or skip, or gallop.

Tips for you this month:
As your child nears their fourth birthday, you’ll probably want to do something to celebrate. Unlike earlier birthdays, they may have a few close friends by now, so it’s a good idea to chat to them about what they want to do to celebrate, and who they would like to invite. You can make invitations together, or let them pick out invitations they like, choose a theme and make decorations, biscuits or cupcakes together. It can be very satisfying for four-year-olds to get involved in their birthdays as they can share the experience with their friends and family.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Get a booster seat for your car instead of a car seat.
  • Plan your child’s 4th birthday party.
  • Buy a few learning toys as well as some fun birthday gifts.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
Encourage your child’s relationships with aunts and uncles, grandparents or your friends. It’s good for them to have close relationships with other adults, and gives you some time to yourself if they spend an hour playing with each other – something that everyone will enjoy!

Curious about next month? 
Click here to find out what happens next month…and the mo...oh no! Thats as far as we go for now!

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