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Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC): When I am 3 Years Old

MN WIC Program

Printable Version: C&TC When I am 3 Years Old (PDF: 263KB/1 page)


I should go to my healthcare provider for a Child and Teen Checkup when I am 3 years old to see if I am growing and healthy. I should also go to the dentist to protect my smile now and in the future.

You should contact my school district, Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE), or child care center to schedule an appointment for Early Childhood Screening (ECS).


  • I CAN...
  • Kick a ball, pedal a tricycle and walk up stairs
  • Talk and usually be understood; use 3-4 word sentences
  • Call myself by name and know if I am a boy or a girl
  • Dress myself except for buttons
  • Copy drawing a straight line
  • Use a fork and hold a cup by its handle
  • Chew most foods
  • Pour liquids from a small pitcher

  • YOU CAN...

  • Offer me 3 small meals a day plus healthy snacks; offer foods from all the food groups
  • Give me time to get used to new foods; you may have to offer them many times before I accept them
  • Give me milk, breast milk, juice or water with meals and snacks; only water or breast milk at other times. Limit juice to 4 oz. (1/2 cup) each day. Avoid sipper cups with lids
  • Be a positive role model - eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Offer me foods with many colors, shapes, sizes and textures
  • Eat meals and snacks at about the same time every day
  • Let me help you shop for, prepare and serve meals
  • Clean my teeth twice a day using a small, soft toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste - teach me to spit it out

  • TO KEEP ME SAFE & HEALTHY...
  • Continue to do things on the previous pages, such as child-proof my home and car seat safety
  • Help me learn words; I will imitate you
  • Talk to me about things I do and see
  • Offer hugs and praise to reward me; don't use food as reward or punishment
  • Take me to the public library and help me get my own library card - read to me often
  • Let me do simple household chores
  • Be consistent with what I can and cannot do
  • Offer me lots of choices
  • Help me learn to use the toilet only when I am ready; be supportive, I will have accidents
  • Limit my time watching TV, movies, playing video games or using the computer to 1 hour a day
  • Continue breastfeeding if both you and I want to

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