FIVE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES AND HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS READY

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Meeting milestones are important goals in the development of children. According to Sharon Smile, a developmental pediatrician at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto said in an interview with Today’s Parents, that benchmarks never stop coming, “You pass one goalpost and there’s another and another.” Parents get excited when their children are checking benchmarks off of the list; however, it is important not to get caught up and compare children’s development to each other. Everyone has their own timeline.& “Kids are always in a state of development,” says Kathryn Keely, division chief of community pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, in the same interview.“ A child feels the pressure and will balk at that activity.” Here are five milestones and how you can help get your child ready for developmental success! 1. Starting Solids& Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society both recommend introducing solids to infants at around six months old, says Julia Celestini, a pediatric dietitian in Burlington, Ont. “It’s then that infants tend to be physiologically and developmentally ready for new foods, textures and methods of feeding.” How to help:& Although the recommendation is six months old, not...

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