Is Your Child Hitting These Developmental Milestones?
Learn about the goals for children at each stage of life
Words Corey Tate, Photography Courtesy of Pediatrics Plus
Published September 2019
Updated September 16, 2019
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Parenting is not easy, and every mom knows the feeling of never-ending worry that comes along with having a child (Suddenly everything our mom told us is coming to life). Though every phase can be daunting in its own unique way, the first 5 years of life are crucial in the development of a child.

Skills such as the first smile, the first step and waving “bye-bye” are all called developmental milestones, and it’s important to keep track. Children reach milestones in how they play, speak, learn, behave and move and every child is different! Here are a few milestones you can keep a lookout for during each phase of development:

0–3 Months

  • Raises head slightly off the floor or bed when placed on the stomach
  • Looks and fixates on your face
  • Startles in response to sound

3–6 Months

  • Rolls from side to side and stomach to back
  • Recognizes parent
  • Moves eyes in the direction of the sound

6–9 Months

  • Stands with support
  • Eats soft cookies or lumpy foods
  • May say “dada” or “mama”

9–12 Months

  • Pivots and scoots in sitting
  • Imitates adult behavior
  • Turns head immediately to own name

18–24 Months

  • May walk up steps
  • Drinks from cup
  • Nods head “yes” or “no”

2 years

  • Steers push toy
  • Feeds self with a spoon and fork
  • Uses sentences of 2 to 4 words

3 years

  • Runs easily
  • Turns doorknobs or door handles
  • Carries on a conversation using 2–3 sentences

4 years

  • Catches bounced ball most of the time
  • Brushes teeth independently
  • Uses sentences that give lots of detail

5 years

  • Jumps rope, swings and climbs with ease
  • Eats and dresses independently
  • Counts 10 or more things

Our partners at Pediatrics Plus want parents to know that every child will reach these milestones at their own pace but having a guideline can help you keep track of where they’re at.

This is not a rulebook by any means, but if you notice your child falling behind and are worried about their development, talk to your pediatrician at your next checkup.

These are just a few of the milestones Pediatrics Plus provides, visit their blog for the full list and additional details.

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