Developmental Milestones


From the second your child is born to the time they begin kindergarten, your child’s brain is developing at a quick pace. Your child’s vocabulary will grow, basic motor abilities will improve, thinking will become more complex, and your child will begin to understand his or her feelings and those of others.

These stages of growth are called “Milestones”. There is a wide range of what is considered “normal,” and each child will meet the milestones at his or her own pace. However, there are approximate ages that a child should attain specific milestones.

If you are concerned, there is not a right or wrong time to seek professional help. If you suspect that your child is having difficulties reaching a milestone, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about your concerns. Your doctor works for you ask as many questions as you want and always express your concerns during doctor’s visits.

Use this link to find out about each milestone in depth and to clarify when you should seek professional help if you have a question about your child’s development, or try this page.

While every child is different, and every parenting experience is different, experts have found that there is a range of time in which it is normal for a child to learn to do certain tasks. These include sitting up, crawling, and walking, among other things. Your pediatrician uses milestones to help check how your child is developing. Although each milestone has an age level, the actual age when a normally developing child reaches that milestone can vary quite a bit.

For a good developmental checklist.