This article describes the skills and growth markers that are relevant to 3-year-olds.
These milestones are typical for children in their third year of life. Always keep in mind that some differences are normal. If you have questions about your child's development, contact your child's health care provider.
Physical and motor milestones for a typical 3-year-old include:
Sensory, mental, and social milestones include:
At age 3, almost all of a child's speech should be understandable.
Temper tantrums are common at this age. Children who have tantrums that often last for more than 15 minutes or that occur more than three times a day should be seen by a health care provider.
Ways to encourage a 3-year-old's development include:
Normal childhood growth milestones - 3 years; Growth milestones for children - 3 years; Childhood growth milestones - 3 years
Feigelman S. The preschool years. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 10.
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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