Developmental Milestones Chart
The first few years in a child’s life are a period of rapid growth and development. Over the years pediatricians have come up with milestones that growing children should reach by certain ages. Many of these milestones can be traced back to Arnold Gesell and his work in child development.
The developmental milestones chart in this article was put together by using the milestones listed at the CDC website. You can go there for a more detailed list up to five years of age. This chart is an overview and goes up to two years old. It is organized into four areas of development – Social and emotional, language/communication, cognitive, and physical development. The list obviously does not cover everything and should be used as a guideline.
The social and emotional category deals with how children relate to other people and social situations as they grow. Language and communication can be described as how they voice their needs and how they express themselves. Cognitive development covers early problem-solving and how the child interprets the world around them. Physical development is mostly concerned with motor skills and how the child uses their body to manipulate the world around them.
A few important things to remember about developmental milestones are that every child is different and the age markers are not always going to be exact. Some children may not show certain milestones until later, if at all. For example, some children may skip crawling but end up walking later on. Some children are also not interested in speech until later as well. The best thing to do is consult a pediatrician if you have concerns. Don’t let uneducated opinions from others worry you. Some children also hit certain milestones early, while being late with others. Again, every child is different and any concerns should be brought to a professional.