Your child’s early development is quite the adventure- every day your baby is learning new things and reaching new milestones. These milestones are exciting and it is important for new parents to monitor their child’s milestones so that they can act early if needed. The way that your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts can inform you about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age, but it is important to remember that development is individual. In other words, children develop on their own individual timeline, and this may not be similar to his or her peers. This is okay and is not something to panic about, but it is important to monitor your child’s development in case you do have a concern about one or more areas of your child’s development.
Below you will find the CDC’s Developmental Milestones for your child up to 2 years of age. The CDC suggests that parents check the following milestones that their child has reached by the end of the corresponding time (e.g. 2 months, 4 months, 1 year) and that parents take their list with them to doctor’s appointments and are prepared to talk with their child’s doctor at every visit about their child’s milestones. If you are concerned about your child’s development, the CDC offers helpful suggestions for talking to your child’s doctor.