Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

STAGES: 6-7 YEARS

“What can I do?” is the pressing question for kids ages 6-7 years. They are continuously testing what their bodies can do, “How fast can I run?” or “How far can I kick this ball?” Their coordination and, consequently, confidence is improving. They want to be independent, but do not consistently make good decisions. Safety Car: Use an appropriate-sized booster seat in the back seat of the car. Children should be in a booster between 4 and 8 years old, and 40-60 lbs. Seat belts alone should not be used until the belt fits securely across the child’s hips;...

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STAGES: 5 YEARS

Going to school is the major milestone for 5 year olds. It is a time of great excitement, fear, and change for many 5 year olds. Every child demonstrates different levels of school readiness. In addition to formal education, children learn important social skills. Safety Car: Use an appropriate-sized booster seat in the back seat of the car. Children should be in a booster between 4 and 8 years old, and 40-60 lbs. Seat belts alone should not be used until the belt fits securely across the child’s hips; and the belt should not come up on the stomach...

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STAGES: 6 MONTHS

I think six months is the golden age of infancy. Your baby is old enough to sit on her own, she’s content if you set her on the ground with some toys for a few minutes, she won’t crawl away (yet), she sleeps through the night, she’s smiley and responsive; it’s all around—golden. Safety Car: use an infant seat, in the back seat of the vehicle, rear facing (I like the 5 point harness style that allows you to pull the straps tight against the infant’s chest).  Keep in mind that if you have a big baby, you may have...

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STAGES: 4 MONTHS

Four months is a fun age. Your baby is becoming more and more interactive. He or she may make squealing noises and even laugh at you (or should I say with you J). If you’re lucky, your baby may even start sleeping through the night consistently by 4 months of age. Most babies do that blessed maneuver somewhere between 4 and 6 months of age. Safety Car: Continue to use an infant seat, in the back seat of the vehicle, rear facing (I like the 5 point harness style that allows you to pull the straps tight against the...

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STAGES: 2 MONTHS

Two months is a fun age; your baby is finally smiling at you interactively. It isn’t that your baby couldn’t smile before, it’s just that your baby’s vision has improved so dramatically in the past few weeks that he or she can see you well enough to consistently smile back at your funny faces. Your baby is cooing and responding to you and together, you’re finding your rhythm. Safety Car: Continue to use an infant seat, in the back seat of the vehicle, rear facing (I like the 5 point harness style that allows you to pull the straps tight...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott


I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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