WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT
Your provider will measure your child’s weight and height to make sure he or she is developing at a healthy pace.
Your child’s blood pressure, heart rate and breathing will be checked.
Your child’s vision and hearing will be tested.
We will give your child the recommended immunizations.
If your child has any risk factors, your provider may test for tuberculosis, anemia, or lead poisoning.
Your provider will discuss any new health and safety concerns with you and your child.
Talk about any changes in your child’s routine, or a change in the family routine at home, such as a parent’s work schedule or an older sibling heading off to school.
We’ll talk to your child about which activities he or she enjoys.
This is important in terms of both putting your child at ease, as well as assessing hearing and language skills.
We’ll discuss your child’s growth, temperament, and behavior, offering support and tips for promoting healthy development.
GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Every child develops at his or her own pace. Your three year old will likely be opening doors, climbing stairs with alternating feet, and showing an interest in new experiences. By age three most children speak in language that is mostly understood by others and can say their own name, age and gender. Your child can understand and express feelings such as “cold”, “sleepy, or “hungry”. You can expect your three year old to put on some shoes and clothing on their own and to use a spoon and fork independently.
Dress your child in clothing that can easily be removed.
Place your child on the toilet every 1-2 hours.
Praise your child when he or she is successful and try to develop a potty routine.
Create a relaxed environment by reading or singing while your child is on the potty.
Family Meals are important.
We encourage families to sit together at meal time as often as possible.
Always encourage good behavior and patiently explain the consequences of unacceptable behavior. Stop negative behaviors such as biting or hitting right away! Set limits and be consistent with rules, while trying to say “no” sparingly. Allow your child to make some decisions for themselves to encourage independence.
Make sure to read to your child at least once a day.
You can visit Reach Out & Read for reading tips, how to choose books appropriate for your child's age, other resources, and access the library's site here.
PREPARATION FOR VISIT
Your doctor will review milestone information with you during your visit.
You may download and print the Bright Futures Parent Handout for this age range here (click to access PDF).