Developmental milestones are skills or abilities that most children can typically do at specific ages.
- Physical milestones, such as sitting up or crawling.
- Language milestones, such as learning to say “mama” or “dada.”
- Social and emotional milestones, such as playing peek-a-boo and making friends.
Babies and toddlers are growing, learning, and changing all the time. Even though no two children develop at exactly the same pace, children do develop in predictable ways.
Examples of developmental milestones:
- 1 month – your baby may have strong reflexes (a physical milestone).
- 7 months – she may show an interest in mirror images (a social and emotional milestone).
- Age 1 – he may use exclamations like “Uh oh!” (a language milestone).
A developmental screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing. It is a time for you to ask questions and share information about your child. It’s also a time to learn more about developmental milestones.
Screenings give you a chance to learn what to expect in your child’s development and how you can promote healthy development. Every child needs developmental screenings!