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3 years 4 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:
  • Growth spurts.
  • Your child is better at sharing.
  • Losing some baby fat.
  • Learning respect (both ways). 
How your pre-schooler is developing:
Your child is going to grow a lot this year, and you will notice that they are getting leaner and losing some baby fat on the way. Three-year-olds grow faster in height than in weight and they may suddenly look longer and thinner, which can make them look much older too.

Pre-schoolers tend to be less selfish than toddlers. They are better at sharing their toys and being patient about getting them back. They may even start to learn that it is nice behaviour to offer another person something before they have asked for it. If your child is finding it hard to share, don’t punish them. Rather encourage them (with positive reinforcement) when they do.

Tips for you this month:
You can encourage your child to be better at sharing by making it fun and incorporating it into your playtime together. Do puzzles together and take it in turns to fit the pieces. Try swapping drawings so that you can add to each other’s. It is also important to respect your child’s toys. Ask them if it is okay if you take something of theirs – that way they learn to do the same with other people’s things.

It’s a good idea to measure your child’s height often and keep track of it on a wall chart so they can see how fast they are growing. You can also weigh them and keep an eye on how their height to weight is progressing. Odds are, the chubby-faced toddler you were so used to is fast turning into a little boy or girl… Are you feeling nostalgic for the early days yet?

This month’s To Do list:
  • Invite one of your child’s friends over to play, and vice versa. Getting used to new surroundings is good for them, and you get some time off.
  • Buy a slightly more difficult puzzle for your child to attempt.
  • Treat them to some new bath treats with our Bath Time Buying Guide. 
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If your child is fighting over a toy with a friend or sibling, tell them they can each have five minutes with it. Set an egg timer for the required time, and let them each play until the alarm sounds.

Curious about next month? 
Click here to find out what happens next month… And the month after.

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