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Using an interdisciplinary, topical approach, this book covers infant and toddler development from conception to age 3-- with a special focus on the family and cultural contexts of development. It also includes historical overviews and practical applications of knowledge to varied career settings such as parent education and infant/toddler childcare. Includes special boxed highlights and a developmental checklist. Historical Perspectives. Theories of Development. Research Methods. Conception and Prenatal Development. Birth. Newborn. Physical Growth and Development. Cognitive Development. Language Acquisition. Psychosocial Development. Health and Nutrition. Guidance and Early Education. For parent educators, professional childcare providers, early childhood educators, and health-care professionals.